Best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and continued in the newspaper-set drama "Lou Grant," which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards, Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Roots." As well, Edward Asner has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, and five Golden Globe Awards.
In addition to his professional versatility, Edward Asner has consistently served and committed himself to the rights of the working performer in addition to advocating for human rights, world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom. Edward Asner has more than 100 TV credits, and was nominated for another Emmy for Hallmark’s "The Christmas Card" in addition to his Emmy nominated guest appearance on "CSI/NY." He was the lead voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's 2009 box-office-hit "UP!"
He will begin his second season of touring the country to sold out theatres in his one man show about FDR. In 2011 he will appear regularly in CMT's first sitcom, Working Class. The HBO Movie "Too Big To Fail," scheduled to air in 2011, will find Ed Asner cast in the role of Warren Buffett and costarring with William Hurt, James Woods and Paul Giamatti.