Ed Asner : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

Eddie “Ed” Asner was an American actor and a president of the Screen Actors Guild know all about him in this article as like his

Name Ed Asner
Birthdate ( Age) 15 November 1929
Place of Birth Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Nationality Amercan
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Cindy Gilmore (m. 1998), Nancy Sykes (m. 1959–1988)
Children Matthew Asner, Charles Edward Vogelman, Kate Asner, Liza Asner
Parents Morris David Asner, Lizzie Seliger
Profession American actor and a president of the Screen Actors Guild
Net Worth $12 million
Last Update August 2021

Eddie “Ed” Asner was an American actor and a president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is known for playing Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same character in both a comedy and a drama.

 He is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven – five for portraying Lou Grant (three as Supporting Actor in a Comedy Television Series on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and two as Lead Actor in a Dramatic Television Series on spin-off Lou Grant).

Early Life and Family

Eddie Asner was born on November 15, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas.His Ashkenazi Jewish immigrant parents, Lizzie (née Seliger; 1885–1967, from Russia), a housewife, and Morris David Asner (1877–1957, from Lithuania (Vilna Governorate or Grodno Governorate)), ran a second-hand shop and junkyard. He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family and given the Hebrew name Yitzhak.

Asner attended Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, and the University of Chicago. He studied journalism in Chicago until a professor told him there was little money to be made in the profession. He quickly switched to drama, debuting as the martyred Thomas Becket in a campus production of T.S.  Europe.

Ed Asner Wife

Asner was married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 to 1988. They had three children: twins Matthew and Liza, and Kate. In 1987, he had a son named Charles with Carol Jean Vogelman and secondly he was married with Cindy Gilmore (m. 1998).Asner was a parent and a grandparent of a child.

Ed Asner Net Worth

Eddie “Ed” Asner was an American actor and a president of the Screen Actors Guild who has an estimated Net Worth of between $12 million in 2021. 

Professional Career

Following his military service, Asner helped found the Playwrights Theatre Company in Chicago, but left for New York City before members of that company regrouped as the Compass Players in the mid-1950s.He later made frequent guest appearances with the successor to Compass, The Second City.

In New York City, Asner played Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in the Off-Broadway revival of Threepenny Opera, scored his first Broadway role in Face of a Hero alongside Jack Lemmon in 1960, and began to make inroads as a television actor, having made his TV debut in 1957 on Studio One.

In two notable performances on television, Asner played Detective Sgt. Thomas Siroleo in the 1963 episode of The Outer Limits titled “It Crawled Out of the Woodwork” and the reprehensible ex-premier Brynov in the 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode “The Exile.” He made his film debut in 1962, in the Elvis Presley vehicle Kid Galahad.

Before he landed his role with Mary Tyler Moore, Asner guest-starred in television series including the syndicated crime drama Decoy, starring Beverly Garland, and Route 66 in 1962 (the episode titled “Welcome to the Wedding”) as Custody Officer Lincoln Peers. He was cast on Jack Lord’s ABC drama series Stoney Burke and in the series finale of CBS’s The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino.

He also appeared on Mr. Novak, Mission: Impossible, The Outer Limits, “The Fugitive”, and The Invaders. Asner also played a minor character in children’s television show W.I.T.C.H. (Napoleon – Cornelia’s younger sister’s cat).In 1963, Asner appeared as George Johnson on The Virginian in the episode “Echo of Another Day”.

Asner was acclaimed for his role in the ABC miniseries Roots, as Captain Davies, the morally conflicted captain of the Lord Ligonier, the slave ship that brought Kunta Kinte to America. The role earned Asner an Emmy Award,[20] as did the similarly dark role of Axel Jordache in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). In contrast, he played a former pontiff in the lead role of Papa Giovanni: Ioannes XXIII (Pope John XXIII 2002), an Italian television film for RAI.

Asner won more Emmy Awards for performing than any other male actor (seven, including five for the role of Lou Grant). In 1996, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

Beginning in 2016, Asner took on the role of Holocaust survivor Milton Salesman in Jeff Cohen’s acclaimed play The Soap Myth in a reading at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Theatre in New York City. He subsequently toured for the next three years in “concert readings” of the play in more than a dozen cities across the United States.In 2019, PBS flagship station WNET filmed the concert reading at New York’s Center for Jewish History for their All Arts channel. The performance, which is available for free, world-wide live-streaming, co-stars Tovah Feldshuh, Ned Eisenberg, and Liba Vaynberg.