Asner in 2013

Eddie Asner (born November 15, 1929) is an Emmy award-winning film, television, stage, and voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is best known for playing Lou Grant, first on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on his own Lou Grant spin-off series, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama. In the early 1990s, he began a prolific second career as a voice-over artist on animated series. His voice work includes such characters as J. Jonah Jameson in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, Hudson on Gargoyles, Sergeant Mike Cosgrove on Freakazoid!, and Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar film Up.

Christmas specials filmography



Production Year Character(s)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II" 1970 Lou Grant
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "Not a Christmas Story" 1974
Lou Grant: "Christmas" 1977
The Gathering Adam Thornton
The Christmas Star 1986 Horace McNickle
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus 1991 Edward P. Mitchell
Hearts Afire: "Blue Christmas" 1993 George Lahti
The X-Files: "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" 1998 Maurice
The Ellen Show: "Ellen's First Christmas" 2001 Santa Claus
The Man Who Saved Christmas 2002 Charles Gilbert
Elf 2003 Santa Claus
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2:
Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure
Uncle Nick
The Christmas Card 2006 Luke
Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2008 Sidney
Christmas Dreams 2009 Jerry
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist 2012 Mr. Carson
Christmas on the Bayou 2013 Papa Noel
Murdoch Mysteries: "A Merry Murdoch Christmas" 2015 Kris Kringle
Saving Christmas 2017 Santa Claus


Production Year Character(s)
Freakazoid!: "In Arms Way" 1995 Sergeant Mike Cosgrove
The Story of Santa Claus 1996 Santa Claus
A Christmas Carol 1997 Jacob Marley
O' Christmas Tree 1999 Nutcracker
Snowden's Christmas Big Daddy
Olive, the Other Reindeer Santa Claus
Christmas is Here Again 2008 Krad
Regular Show: "The Christmas Special" 2012 Santa Claus
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 2014 Santa Claus


Production Year Character Type
Santa Stole Our Dog: A Merry Doggone Christmas! 2017 Santa Claus Live-action
A StoryBots Christmas


Production Year Song(s)
Christmas Is Here Again 2008 "I Stole Santa's Sack"
"I'm Evil"

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