Birth name: Yitzhak Edward Asner
Born: 15 November 1929Â .
Occupation: He played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and gained prominence as a political activist. He played Santa Claus in the 1993 Christmas movie Elf, which starred Will Ferrell in the lead role.He also became the president of the Screen Actors Guild.
Before Fame: He attended the University of Chicago and served in the U.S. Signal Corps.
Trivia: He was the voice of Carl Frederickson in Pixar’s Up.
Family Life: He was married to Nancy Sykes from1959 to 1988. He married Cindy Gilmore in 1998. He has four children named Matthew, Kate, Liza and Charles.