December 8, 2012 |
A Fox News producer got more than he bargained for this week when he confronted Ed Asner, the 83-year-old actor best known for his role as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” on the street in New York's theater district. Rather than fighting back, Asner asked if he could could urinate on the man. Asner's request, while certainly bizarre, wasn't made entirely out of context. The reason for the confrontation, as Sean Hannity explained on his show, was a video Asner narrated on behalf of the California Federation of Teachers.
June 4, 2012 |
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon are teaming up for a Broadway production of "Grace," a play by Craig Wright that is expected to open Oct. 4 in New York. The production will also star 82-year-old Ed Asner, returning to Broadway for the first time in more than 20 years. "Grace" is a comedy-drama about a young religious couple who have traveled to Florida to open a chain of biblically themed motels. The couple (Rudd and Kate Arrington) encounter an embittered neighbor whose life has taken a tragic turn (Shannon)
March 19, 2012 |
Ed Asner has developed a knack during his extensive showbiz career for portraying crusty characters armed with a gruffness that camouflages a decent nature and good heart. Those traits were at the core of Asner's most famous role, the crotchety Lou Grant of the landmark "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its dramatic "Lou Grant" spinoff. But there was a brief moment in Asner's past nearly 40 years ago when he went over to the dark side, playing a villain on CBS' "Hawaii Five-O. " On Monday's episode of the revamped "Hawaii Five-O," he gets to resurrect his bad-boy past.
February 23, 2012 |
Ed Asner and Valerie Harper are teaming up on a new project: an attempt to take down the proposed merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Asner and Harper, who starred in the 1970s "Mary Tyler Moore" TV series, have joined other high-profile actors including Ed Harris and Martin Sheen in filing a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday seeking an injunction to stop SAG from holding a vote on a proposed merger with AFTRA.
August 15, 2011
Premiering in fall 1969 (the same year as ABC's hit drama "Marcus Welby, M.D. "), CBS' "Medical Center" revolved around handsome young surgeon Dr. Joe Gannon (Chad Everett) — who managed to look great even in scrubs — and his chief of staff, Paul Lochner (James Daly, father of Tyne and Tim), who work at a university hospital in Los Angeles. From the first season through its last in 1975-76, the series dealt with such hot topics as abortion, child abuse and drugs. The first season, just released on DVD, features guest stars including Cicely Tyson, Ed Asner, William Shatner, Dyan Cannon and O.J. Simpson.
September 11, 2010 |
As it gradually works its way back to solid financial ground, the Pasadena Playhouse has added two more productions to its lineup for the upcoming season. Ed Asner will star in the solo show "FDR" (Oct. 12 to Nov. 7), a drama that follows the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from inauguration to World War II. The production is based on Dore Schary's Tony-winning play "Sunrise at Campobello" that ran on Broadway in 1958 and was made into a film in 1960. "Uptown, Downtown" (Nov.