Take a look back at ac­tor Ed As­ner’s im­pres­sive film and tele­vi­sion ca­reer.

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“The great­est les­son I ever learned was that I have so much more to learn.” — Ed

HE IS known for be­ing grouchy, gruff, crotch­ety, iras­ci­ble and a hater of “spunk.” But grow­ing up in Kansas City, Kan., Yitzhak Ed­ward As­ner “was the class clown,” he re­vealed. “You wouldn’t have thought that, would you?” Both sides were shown when the rough-and-tum­ble high school foot­ball player, WWII vet and auto worker won three Em­mys for The Mary Tyler Moore Show be­fore be­com­ing the only ac­tor to win a drama Emmy for the same role on its spinoff, Lou Grant. Now Ed, who turns 89 on Nov. 15, is up for any role. “I keep telling peo­ple that I’m a bet­ter ac­tor now than I’ve ever been in my life, in my abil­ity to choose and my abil­ity to in­ter­pret. I’d say most peo­ple [my age] are prob­a­bly in that same boat...and it’s a shame that they’re not given the op­por­tu­nity to

demon­strate that in­tel­li­gence along with their emo­tion.”

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