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Ed Asner

American actor Ed Asner grew up having to defend himself both vocally and physically; he was raised in the only Jewish family in his neighborhood. A born competitor, Asner played championship football in high school, and organized a top-notch basketball team which toured most of liberated Europe. Asner's performing career got its start while he was announcing for his high school radio station; moving to Chicago in the 1950s, the actor was briefly a member of the Playwrights Theatre Club until he went to New York to try his luck on Broadway. Asner starred for several years in the off-Broadway production Threepenny Opera, and, toward the end of the 1950s, he picked up the occasional check as a film actor for industrial short subjects and TV appearances.

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