Mother: Lizzie (Seliger) Asner
Marriages: Cindy Gilmore (1998-2007, divorced); Nancy Sykes (1959-1988, divorced)
Children: With Carol Jean Vogelman: Charles; with Nancy Sykes: Kathryn; Mathew and Liza (twins)
Education: Attended the University of Chicago, 1947-1949
Military: US Army Signal Corps
Nominated for 20 Emmy Awards, including 17 nods for Primetime Emmys
and three for Daytime Emmys
, and has won seven for primetime.
Only actor to win both a comedy and a drama Primetime Emmy for the same role, for "Lou Grant."
He played Lou Grant on four different television series: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Rhoda," "Lou Grant," and "Roseanne."
Has been outspoken about his opposition to war.
1950s - Member of Chicago's Playwrights Theatre Club before moving to New York.
1957 - Makes his television debut in the drama "Studio One."
1960 - Lands his first Broadway role in "Face of a Hero" with Jack Lemmon.
Is cast in his first film role in Elvis Presley's
Plays a small role as a police officer in Elvis Presley's film "Change of Habit" where he works with Mary Tyler Moore
for the first time.
September 19, 1970 - The first telecast of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" airs on CBS. Asner stars for seven seasons as "Lou Grant," the curmudgeonly producer of the WJM-TV-Minneapolis newsroom.
1971-1972 - Wins two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Performance By An Actor In a Supporting Role for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
1975 - Wins an Emmy for Outstanding Continuing Performance By a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
1976 - Wins an Emmy for his portrayal as Axel Jordache in "Rich Man, Poor Man."
January 1977 - Portrays slave trade Captain Thomas Davies on the TV mini-series, "Roots," winning an Emmy for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series.
March 19, 1977 - The final episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" airs on CBS.
September 20, 1977 - Premiere of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" spin-off, "Lou Grant."
1978 - Wins an Emmy for Lead Actor In a Drama Series for "Lou Grant."
1980 - Wins an Emmy for Lead Actor In a Drama Series for "Lou Grant."
After advocating for the unions during the Screen Actors Guild
(SAG) strike in 1980, Asner is elected SAG president.
1982 - CBS cancels "Lou Grant" after five seasons reportedly due to low ratings. Asner reportedly attributes the cancellation to his political activism instead.
1983 - Asner is re-elected for a second term as SAG president.
1985 - Patty Duke replaces Asner as SAG president.
2002 - Is presented with the 2001 Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award.
April 2004 -
Writes an open letter to peace and justice leaders about the tragedy of 9/11
and the subsequent perpetuation of an "endless war" as a means to restrict civil liberties in the United States.
May 19, 2008 -
Oprah Winfrey hosts the surviving cast members of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to reflect on the series.
Provides the voice for "Carl Fredricksen" in the Academy Award
-winning animated film, "Up."
Portrays Warren Buffett
"Too Big to Fail."
October 4, 2012-January 6, 2013 - Appears on Broadway in the production of "Grace," after having not been on stage since 1989.
March 12, 2013 - Falls ill during his one-man show, "FDR," in Gary, Indiana, and is rushed to the hospital. His publicist later says Asner was diagnosed with exhaustion.
June 2013 -
Voices his support for Edward Snowden
who leaked confidential information regarding the US government's surveillance programs.