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Yitzak Edward Asner (1929 - 2021)

Yitzak Edward (Ed) Asner
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
Died [location unknown]
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Yitzak Edward Asner [1] was the son of David Morris Asner and Lizzie (Seliger) Asner. He was born 15 November 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.[2]

Ed was married first to Nancy Lou Sykes on 23 March 1959. They had 3 children. [3][4][5]

Circa 1987, Ed was living a quiet life in a small, leased house in Studio City, California with two 17-year-old cats left by the owner. He was separated from his first wife at the time.[6]

"Matthew and Kate are trying to make it in acting, and Liza is going for broadcasting. I guess it runs in the family," he said proudly.

Around that time, Ed started a relationship with Carol Jean Vogelman. They had one son.[7] Following his birth, Ed divorced Nancy.

In 1991, Ed was engaged to producer, Cindy Gilmore. They were married on August 2, 1998. [1] The couple were separted in November 2007, due to irreconcilable differences, and filed divorce papers 2009 but didn't finalize the proceedings until 2015.[8][9][10][11][12]

Ed won seven Emmys. He was best known as curmudgeonly boss, Lou Grant, on television's "Mary Tyler Moore" show and his own "Lou Grant" show. He was nominated for Best Guest Actor in a Drama series for his role of Abraham Klein in CSI: NY in 2009. He was former president of the Screen Actors Guild.[13]

Ed was also a political activist and animal rights activist, as well as involved with the Autism Speaks nonprofit organization, inspired by his family members with autism. He servedon the advisory board of a suburban Chicago firm that employs persons with autistic spectrum disorders to test and program software.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Asner: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Asner
  2. United States Census, 1930: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X775-MBF
    Name Eddie Asner
    Event Type Census
    Event Date 1930
    Event Place Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
    Gender Male
    Age 0
    Marital Status Single
    Race White
    Race (Original) White
    Relationship to Head of Household Son
    Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
    Birth Year (Estimated) 1930
    Birthplace Kansas
    Father's Birthplace Russia
    Mother's Birthplace Russia
    Sheet Letter A
    Sheet Number 12
    Mavis (sic, David) Asner Head M 50 Russia
    Lizzie Asner Wife F 45 Russia
    Ben Asner Son M 15 Kansas
    Eva Asner Daughter F 13 Kansas
    Esther Asner Daughter F 10 Kansas
    Labe Asner Son M 6 Kansas
    Eddie Asner Son M 0 Kansas
  3. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V21V-VQH
  4. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V21V-VQZ
  5. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGMD-64W
  6. (Apr 1987). Asner's Back, His Character Intact The Actor Says He Found Himself Virtually Blacklisted, By Eirik Knutzen, Special to The Inquirer POSTED: April 19, 1987: http://articles.philly.com/1987-04-19/living/26193567_1_emmy-award-winner-ed-asner-lou-grant-nielsen-ratings
  7. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VL4J-SYB
  8. (1998). Marriage (2) Report: From PEOPLE Magazine, September 14, Vol. No. 9, By David Cobb Craig: http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20126285,00.htm
  9. (Nov 2007). SEPARATION. Ed Asner's Second Wife Seeks Separation: The Associated Press Wednesday, November 7, 2007; 7:37 PM: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/07/AR2007110702166.html
  10. (Aug 2009). FILED FOR DIVORCE. Bitter comment: http://stupidcelebrities.net/2009/08/veteran-actor-ed-asner-cindy-asner-divorced-photos/up-premiere-3-170509/
  11. (May 2015). Divorce: http://www.inquisitr.com/2091357/ed-asner-files-for-divorce-at-85-eight-years-after-separating-from-wife/#LiKIiS2LwIeXLYiM.99
  12. (18 May 2015). Divorce: http://www.examiner.com/article/ed-asner-divorce-85-year-old-actor-s-divorce-unleashes-hateful-comments
  13. (Sep 2009). http://www.interfaithfamily.com/arts_and_entertainment/popular_culture/Interfaith_Celebrities_The_2009_Emmy_Awards.shtml.upl
  14. Ed Asner Biography: http://enewsreference.com/actors/ed_asner.html

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