Movie and television icon Ed Asner sadly passed away on Sunday, August 29th, 2021.
Asner was born in 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri to Ashkenazi Jewish parents who immigrated from Eastern Europe. He attended Wyandotte High School and then University of Chicago, but soon dropped out. He worked as a taxi driver and worked on an assembly line for General Motors until he was drafted in the military from 1951 to 1953. Active in drama in both high school and college, he appeared in plays that toured Army bases in Europe.