In the sixties, Ed Asner was one of "those guys." You know. The character actor who's on everything but you never learn his name. In movies and TV shows, he perfected his gruff character as a mobster, a cop, a spy, a construction boss, and a hundred other thankless roles.
Those kinds of actors rarely become a star but when he translated his stock character to THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW at the end of the decade, he fell into one of those magical concoctions TV sometimes chances on where everything works even BETTER than planned.
He stayed with the show for its entire run, creating and honing a very real human person behind the stereotype he embodied.
And then he had the chance to take it even further when he had awhile new series built around him--a drama this time! LOU GRANT would be another hit and while its ensemble cast was nearly perfect, it was still ED who held it all together.
Later, he moved into doing voiceovers and cartoon work, his most famous voice for animation being the main character in Pixar's delightful UP!
Ed Asner is yet another star who will be on hand at next month's Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. Click here for amore in-depth look at Asner's career and details about the convention!