Early life and education
Asner was born on November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri. His Jewish Russian-born parents, Lizzie (née Seliger), a housewife, and David Morris Asner ran a second-hand shop. He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.
Asner attended Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, and the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
Asner was married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 until 1988. Together they have three children: twins Matthew and Liza, and Kate. In 1987, he had a son named Charles with Carol Jean Vogelman. Asner is a parent and a grandparent of a child with autism and is deeply involved with the autism nonprofit Autism Speaks. Asner also serves on the advisory board of a suburban Chicago firm that employs persons with autistic spectrum disorders to test and program software.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Zager, Norma (August 5, 2005). "Outspoken Asner's Activism Is No Act". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
- ↑ "Edward Asner Biography (1929-)". filmreference.com.
- ↑ Asner interview, Archive of American Television, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
- ↑ Horwitz, Simi (September 27, 2012). "Ed Asner's Still Crusty After All These Years". The Forward.
- ↑ Ed Asner Stars in Grace on Broadway - Vulture.com.
- ↑ "Edward Asner". Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- ↑ "Ed Asner admits baby boy is his illegitimate child". Deseret News. 18 June 1988.
- ↑ "Ed Asner Fast Facts". CNN. 27 October 2015.
- ↑ mickeynews.com at the Wayback Machine (archived July 20, 2006), writing "James Denton ... applauded hosts of the organization's autism awareness public service announcements, including celebrity parents of children with autism, Ed Asner, Gary Cole, Joe Mantegna and John Schneider."
- ↑ "Aspiritech - Board Members & Advisors". aspiritech.org.
- ↑ "Ed Asner's Second Wife Seeks Separation". The Washington Post. The Associated Press. 27 November 2007.
- ↑ Fowler, Tara (15 May 2015). "Ed Asner Files For Divorce 8 Years After Separating From Wife". People.