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Edward Asner

Edward Asner

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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• Was directed by Mike Nichols in college productions at the University of Chicago; began acting professionally with the Chicago Playwright's Theatre Company following his discharge from the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1953.

• Made his TV debut in the dramatic anthology Studio One in 1957.

• Was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985.

• San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is his wife Cindy's nephew; TV personality Jules Asner is his former daughter-in-law.

• Well-known for his political activism.

• Was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996; received a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2001.

• As of 2012, holds the record for male performer with most Emmy wins (seven total, five for the character of Lou Grant). Incidentally, The Mary Tyler Moore Show costar Cloris Leachman holds the record for female performer.

• Was the first actor ever to receive both Comedy and Drama Emmys for the same character.