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EdAsner May2013

Asner in 2013.

Edward Asner (November 15, 1929 – August 29, 2021) was an Emmy award-winning actor, the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, 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 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[]

Cast[]

Live-action[]

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
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: "The Christmas Show" Wilson White
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

Animation[]

Production Year Character(s)
Freakazoid!: "In Arms Way" 1995 Sgt. 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
The Cleveland Show: "Murray Christmas" 2010 Carl Frederickson
Regular Show: "The Christmas Special" 2012 Santa Claus
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 2014

Hybrid[]

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

Soundtrack[]

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

External links[]

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