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Name: Edward Asner                                                                 
Birth name: Yitzhak Edward Asner                                                   
Born: 15 November 1929 Kansas City, Kansas                                         
Edward Asner (born November 15, 1929) is an American actor primarily known for     
his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff     
series, Lou Grant. He also appeared as a recurring guest star as Wilson White on   
the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.                               
Asner was born in Kansas City, Kansas to Lizzie Seliger, a housewife, and Morris   
David Asner, who ran a second-hand shop. He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish       
family. Asner attended historic Wyandotte High school located at 2501               
Minnesota Ave and spent many hours up the street at 10th and Minnesota Ave at       
the Granada movie theater in Kansas City, Kansas. Asner attended the University     
of Chicago.                                                                         
Asner served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Europe.                             
Nancy Sykes was his wife from 1959-1988. Together they have three children:         
twins Matthew and Liza, and Kate. In 1987 he had son Charles with Carol Jean       
Engaged to producer Cindy Gilmore in 1991, they married on 2 August 1998.           
Gilmore filed for divorce on November 7, 2007.                                     
Model and television personality Jules Asner is his former daughter-in-law. His     
wife's nephew, Gavin Newsom, was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003.