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Eight-time Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner is an iconic American film and television actor. Asner's credits are numerous and include starring in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which he later continued in the drama spin-off of, Lou Grant. Asner has also brought his talents to feature films, including a comic turn as Santa Claus in the 2003 comedy Elf, starring opposite Will Ferrell. In 2007, the actor garnered an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the TV movie The Christmas Card and in 2009 starred as Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's UP! which was the recipient of The Oscar as Best Animated Film. His book is "The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs."