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Old 11-15-2017, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default November 15: Happy Birthday Ed Asner

Ed Asner is celebrating his 88th birthday today. He graduated from the University of Chicago and spent some time in theater in Chicago before moving to New York, where played Jonathan Peachum in the off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, and made his Broadway debut in Robert L. Joseph’s Face of a Hero in 1960. He made his feature film debut in The Satan Bug in 1965, and has had prominent roles in El Dorado, Fort Apache, the Bronx, Daniel, Hard Rain, and other films.

However, Asner is best known for his television career. He is a seventeen-time Primetime Emmy nominee, and has won seven times. Two of his wins were for the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots. The other five were all for playing the character of Lou Grant—three for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the other two for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama on Lou Grant. Asner is one of only two people to win an acting Emmy in both Comedy and Drama categories for the same role (the other is Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black), and also one of only two people to win an Emmy for the same role in two different series (along with James Spader).
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