Fast Facts

  • Was directed by Mike Nichols in college productions at the University of Chicago; began acting professionally with the Chicago Playwright's Theatre Company following his discharge from the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1953.
  • Made his TV debut in the dramatic anthology Studio One in 1957.
  • Was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985.
  • San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is his wife Cindy's nephew; TV personality Jules Asner is his former daughter-in-law.
  • Well-known for his political activism.
  • Was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996; received a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2001.
  • As of 2012, holds the record for male performer with most Emmy wins (seven total, five for the character of Lou Grant). Incidentally, The Mary Tyler Moore Show costar Cloris Leachman holds the record for female performer.
  • Was the first actor ever to receive both Comedy and Drama Emmys for the same character.

Awards

  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actor in a Supporting Role - Series or Television Movie: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Supporting Actor in Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy: Winner
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy: Winner
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: Winner
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ben Asner — Brother
  • Cindy Gilmore — Ex-wife
  • Charles Vogelman — Son
  • Carol Jean Vogelman — Ex-significant Other
  • Nancy Sykes — Ex-wife
  • Katie Luckerman — Daughter
  • Matt Asner — Son
  • Lizzie Asner — Mother
  • Morris David Asner — Father
  • Liza Asner — Daughter

College

  • Attended University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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  • Birth Name: Yitzak Edward Asner
  • Birth Place: Kansas City, KS
  • Birthday: November 15, 1929, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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