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 was among a short list of actors that Jim Henson considered for the role of Mike Tarkanian in The Great Muppet Caper.