Ed Asner at Anaheim Comic-Con

Edward Asner (born November 15, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American actor, best known for his role on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its dramatic spinoff, Lou Grant. He was the voice of Chief Abalone on Fish Police.

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Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him in a tie with Mary Tyler Moore, both ranking second to their Mary Tyler Moore (1970) co-star, Cloris Leachman, who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy, with 17 nods for a Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award. All of his wins were for primetime.

As well as being one of the most outstanding and most respected actors of his generation, equally adept at comedy and at drama, Asner also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. He served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1981 to 1985, during which he criticized former SAG President Ronald Reagan, then the president of a greater concern, for Reagan's Central American policy.

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