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Ed Asner          

Actor & Activist

Best known for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of the gruff but lovable "Lou Grant" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Edward Asner is an engaging, dynamic advocate. Renowned for his social and political activism, he has successfully bridged the worlds of Hollywood, Washington, and those in between. As the winner of seven Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, a stint as President of the Screen Actors Guild, and a member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, he is a talented and well-known personality who works to get things done.

Asner has consistently committed himself to advocating for human rights, world peace, environmental preservation, and political freedom. A passionate and informed spokesperson for the causes he supports, he speaks eloquently, never relenting in his beliefs.

Some of the many honors he has received throughout his career include the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, the Eugene Debs Award, Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, American Civil Liberties Union's Worker's Right's Committee Award, and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.

With a humanitarian vision and an activist zeal, he is not afraid to take on controversial issues and speak out, no matter what the cost. "The greatest service that you can do mankind is to expose hypocrisy, question authority, and blow the whistle."

Speech Topics

America’s Elders: Senior Power

My Most Important Role: Public Citizen

Jews and the Struggle for Human Rights

Censorship in the Entertainment Industry

Achieving Public Education Goals


Ed Asner to Host Poker Tournament and Celebrity Casino Night for Autism Speaks

Ed Asner and Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, presents the 4th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament and Celebrity Casino Night on Saturday, August 6, 2016...

Ed Asner filming sitcom pilot in Columbia - Baltimore Sun

Veteran TV and film actor Ed Asner is filming a sitcom.

Ed Asner is grand marshal of this year's Manassas Christmas parade

But this year, the parade has some added star power: Ed Asner will be the grand marshal. The actor, perhaps most famous for his role as a gruff journalist on ...

Actor Ed Asner set to moderate “free and open” presidential debate ...

Actor Ed Asner will moderate a presidential debate being held Tuesday on the University of Colorado, organizers announced Monday.

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