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Profile of the Day: Ed Asner

Happy birthday to Ed Asner! Today the actor turns 90.

Profile of the Day: Ed Asner

Image: Ed Asner / Department of Defense, William D. Moss

Asner was born on November 15, 1929 in Kansas, City, Nebraska. He is one of five children born to Morris David Asner and Elizabeth Seliger and was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.

After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Asner moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. In 1970, Asner landed the role of Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The highly successful comedy ran for 7 seasons and launched Asner’s own spin-off series, Lou Grant. Over the course of his career, Asner has received 17 Emmy nominations and holds the record for the most honored male performer with a total of 7 wins.

In addition to his television work, Asner has also made successful appearances on film and has lent his trademark voice to several animated features, most notably in the 2009 Pixar movie, Up.

Explore Ed Asner’s family tree on Geni and share how you’re connected to the star.

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