Ed Asner plays Gabriel Morgan in the UP Original movie “Love Finds You in Valentine.” Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist and seven-time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s 2009 box-office-hit “UP!” Asner also starred opposite Joseph Fiennes and Tom Cavanagh in the Disney feature “The Games Maker” and can also be seen in “Joe’s War” with Armand Assante, “Boonville Redemption” opposite Diana Ladd and the animated feature “The Nutcracker Sweet.” Asner is best known for his comedic and dramatic talent as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV newsroom comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and continued in the newspaper-set drama “Lou Grant,” which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards. Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots.” Asner’s most recent credits include a recurring role on the CBS series “The Good Wife” starring Julianna Margulies, the NBC telefilm “Buddy The Elf,” the telefilm “All of My Heart” starring Lacey Chabert, the CBS series “Criminal Minds” starring Joe Mantegna, “Hawaii 5-0” starring Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, “Mom” starring Allison Janney, “The Crazy Ones” with the late Robin Williams, as well as “Chasing Life” with Marion Ross and the TBS primetime series “Men At Work.” He also starred opposite Markie Post in the telefilm “Christmas On The Bayou.” Asner returned to Broadway in the Fall of 2013 starring in the comedy drama “Grace” opposite Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington, written by Craig Wright and directed by Dexter Bullard. He’s also been touring the country for more than five years as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the critically acclaimed one man show “FDR.” One of the most honored actors in the history of television, Asner has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996. Asner received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild’s Hollywood membership. In March 2002, he was again honored by The Guild as the 38th recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession. Asner has more than 100 TV credits, which include starring in the series “Off the Rack,” “The Bronx Zoo” and “Thunder Alley.” Numerous guest appearances include roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “ER,” “Arliss,“ “The Practice” and a recurring role on “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.” Besides commercials and numerous books on tape, he has lent his voice to popular cartoon shows such as “The Simpsons,” “Spiderman” and “Boondocks.” Asner’s dozens of motion pictures include “They Call Me Mister Tibbs!,” “Fort Apache the Bronx,” “JFK,” and the European production of “Giovanni XXIII” – the highest rated television miniseries in the history of Italian TV, as well as the box office hit, “Elf” with Will Ferrell and James Caan. Asner has done several Hallmark movies and was nominated for another Emmy for “The Christmas Card” in addition to his Emmy nominated guest appearance on “CSI/NY.”
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