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Ed Asner from 'Lou Grant' Is a Doting Father of 4 Kids - Meet Them All

Tichafa Chidzonga
Dec 26, 2019
02:00 A.M.
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"Lou Grant" star, Ed Asner, has four grown children making their mark with so many projects close to the legendary actor's own passions in Hollywood.


For several decades, Ed Asner has entertained audiences with everything from acting, comedic work, and singing. He was the former President of the Screen Actors Guild.

Ed is best known for his Emmy award-winning performances of Lou Grant in the show "Lou Grant" and the "Mary Tyler Moore show."


It is reported, he has been a voice actor in over 150 television shows and movies. Most notably, he earned himself an Oscar for being the voice of Carl Fredrickson, in the movie, "Up."

Ed's greatest pride is no doubt his four children. He has been married twice. From his first marriage to Nancy Sykes in 1959, they had three children, Mathew, Liza, and Kate.


In 1987 he had another child, a son with Carol Jean named Charles. He was married to Cindy Gilmore in 1998, and the couple divorced in 2015 but had no children together. Looking back at his career, he admitted:

"Lou Grant was a total birth of Ed Asner as a comedic personality. With 'Mary Tyler Moore,' I learned to do comedy, which I had always feared and run from, ignoring the fact that people found me innately funny — just to look at. During my career, I stiffed the family. I let them come in second all too often."


Two of his children from his first marriage have established careers in the entertainment industry. Ed's daughter, Kate, is an actress.

Following in her father's footsteps, she featured in several television shows. She has made guest appearances in shows such as "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Malcolm in the Middle," and "Ally McBeal."

Liza Asner and Kate Asner attend the premiere of the documentary "My Friend Ed" at UCLA James Bridges Theatre, on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images


His other daughter,


, chose a career behind the camera. She had produced movies such as "Boston Common," "Back of Book," "The Fall" and "The instigator."

Mathew, is focused on running "The Ed Asner Family Center," which helps special-needs children and their families.

The cause is personal to the Asner family because Charles was born autistic. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Connecticut.

Matthew revealed that the center is important because he also has three children on the autism spectrum.