Ed Asner as Lou Grant
Ed Asner as Lou Grant (CBS)

Most famous role

Lou Grant: The gruff yet soft-hearted journalist he portrayed on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and his spinoff series, "Lou Grant," plus on guest appearances on "Rhoda" and "Roseanne."

Other well-known roles

The voice of Carl Frederickson in "Up!," the Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar animated hit; Santa Claus in the Will Farrell hit "Elf"; Captain Davies in the award-winning TV miniseries "Roots."

Notable accomplishments

: 21 Emmy Award nominations, including 17 Primetime and 4 Daytime. He has won 7.

: Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, 1981-1985.

: With a son and grandson both on the autism spectrum, Asner is involved with the Ed Asner Family Center, the mission of which is to promote self-confidence in differently able individuals, and bring balance and wellness to them and their families. His son and daughter-in-law direct the Los Angeles-based programs.