The seven-time Emmy winner, 82, first guest-starred on a 1975 episode of the crime series as a rising world class smuggler named August March. August, now a reformed man after spending 30 years behind bars, returns when the Five-0 team asks him to assist on a smuggling case. In a first for the show, footage from Asner's 1975 appearance will be shown during the episode.
"It is thrilling to, for the first time, merge the original Hawaii Five-0 and our new show by having the classic, versatile and award-winning actor Ed Asner reprise his role of August March," executive producer Peter Lenkov said in a statement. "There is no better way to form a bridge between our reboot and the original series."
Asner is best known for his work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant. He most recently appeared on Royal Pains as Hank and Evan's grandfather and played Warren Buffett in the HBO movie Too Big to Fail.
Asner's return is slated for sometime this spring. Hawaii Five-0 airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.