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Edward "Ed" Asner (born November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri) 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.

Roles in Christmas productions


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
Lou Grant: "Christmas" 1977 Lou Grant
The Gathering 1977 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 2003 Uncle Nick
The Christmas Card 2006 Luke
Christmas Cottage 2008 Sidney
Christmas Dreams 2009 Jerry
Christmas on the Bayou 2013 Papa Noel


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
Olive, the Other Reindeer 1999 Santa Claus
Christmas is Here Again 2008 Krad
Regular Show: "The Christmas Special" 2012 Santa Claus
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 2014 Santa Claus

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