Happy 90th Birthday to Ed Asner, the beloved actor who played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 70s and 80s. His notable roles included Santa Claus in the film Elf, and the voice of Carl in Pixar's 2009 Oscar winning Best Picture UP!
A longtime advocate for the developmentally disabled, Asner had a son with autism who earned a degree from the University of Connecticut. He celebrated his milestone birthday this month raising a lot of money for the new Ed Asner Family Center in Reseda, California, which is dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently ‘abled’ individuals, and bringing balance and wellness to their families through arts and vocational enrichment and mental health services. “I want these kids to have that same opportunity and go beyond.” Ed's son, Matt, and his wife have three children on the spectrum.
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Coming out to the charity benefit birthday bash to honor—and roast—the legendary crotchety and funny actor were Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Lily Tomlin, Maureen McCormick, Rob Schneider, and Brad Garrett. WATCH some highlights of the night... (1929)