Episode 27

Ed Asner (Lou Grant, Mary Tyler Moore, Up) is a legendary, Emmy Award-winning actor, a staunch activist, and one of Ed (Begley Jr.'s) huge inspirations. He shows off his incredible memory with anecdotes about not getting invited to hang out with Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon, escaping cows as a child, and realizing that Mary Tyler Moore would be a hit. Ed Asner also shares how radio led him to Hollywood, what he thinks about the vaccines debate on autism, and which cast was better - Lou Grant vs. Mary Tyler Moore.


  1. Be active, curious, and interested.
  2. Stick with your passions.
  3. Live a life you believe in.
  4. Have a sense of humor.



Follow Ed Asner on Twitter or email him quinceproductions@gmail.com

Watch him perform in A Man and His Prostate

Ed Asner IMdB list of film & TV show appearances

A clip of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Recycling episode

Precycling - ideas on how to create less waste

Worms that eat plastic

Transylvania 6-5000

Carrie Fisher & Paul Simon

DAM (Mothers Against Dyslexia)

Predictions on Trump & the Paris Accord

The Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger

Autism Society

Debate about vaccines & autism

Kansas City, Kansas vs. Kansas City, Missouri

Armour Company - meat packing plant from Ed's childhood

Judas goat

University of Chicago

Clydesdale look

Threepenny Opera original text by Bert Brecht - starring John AstinLotte Lenya

The Man of La Mancha - Richard KileyJose Ferrer

Naked City

Paul BurkeFrank SuttonRobert "Bobby" Blake

Mayflower Moving services (that Ed Asner was not too happy about)

Face of a Hero

Slattery's People starring Richard Crenna

Mary Tyler Moore

Writers on MTMJames BrooksAllan BurnsDavid LloydEd Weinberger

Lou Grant

Jack BannonNancy Marchand (aka Tony Soprano's mother)

LA Theatre Works

Pixar's Up

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less, with Ed Asner and Ed Begley, Jr.

A video on Ed's life, achievements, and involvement in activist issues (Central America, animal rights, etc)


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