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Edward Asner (b. 1929) is an Emmy award-winning actor best known for playing Lou Grant, first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on his own Lou Grant spin-off series. In the early '90s, Asner began a prolific second career as a voice-over artist on animated series, including Superman, The Simpsons, Spider-Man, and Batman: The Animated Series.
Other credits include voicing Jabba the Hutt in a radio version of Star Wars, playing Santa Claus in Elf, the father to Bette Midler's Rose in the made-for-TV version of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's Gypsy, and the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's Up.
Asner has also hosted Saturday Night Live, and made appearances on the television series Dharma and Greg, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Night of 100 Stars, and Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends.
- Asner was among a short list of actors that Jim Henson considered for the role of Mike Tarkanian in The Great Muppet Caper.