Ed Asner’s Son Shares Heartbreaking Tribute on Late Father’s 92nd Birthday

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

The son of Ed Asner remembered his dad on late actor’s 92nd birthday with a couple of heartbreaking social media postings.

Film producer Matt Asner posted from his own account and his father’s account. Fans offered their kind words on both posts.

Matt Asner, who co-founded the center, used his father’s account to promote the Ed Asner Family Center on the second Twitter post. The center works to provide mental health programs for children with special needs.  

Ed Asner was a six-time Emmy and five-time Golden Globe winner. He died at 91 from natural causes in August of this year. 

Stars Coming Out To Support Asner Center

Stars Jason Sudeikis and Jean Smart will come to the Ed Asner Family Center on Dec. 5 for a table reading of the 1946 classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The event is a fundraiser for the center.

Collider and Variety reported on the upcoming event. Sudeikis will portray George Bailey, and Tom Bergeron will host the virtual event.

“My father’s passing has left an indescribable hole in my heart,” Matt Asner said in a statement.

The son said the center worked to honor his dad’s legacy as both actor and “staunch advocate for people of abilities.”

Other stars set to take part are Mark Hamill and Rosario Dawson. Martin Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Phil Lamarr, Ron Funches, Ed Harris, Mandy Patinkin, and Ben Mankiewicz are also reportedly part of the table read cast.

Asner Said He’d Be Buried In LA, But Changed Mind

Hollywood legend Ed Asner grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. 

The actor’s parents and other family members had their remains buried at Sheffield Cemetery in Kansas City. The actor told The Kansas City Star in 2012 that he’d probably be buried in Los Angeles because “all my kids are out here.”

Well, that didn’t happen. Consequently, Ed Asner’s final resting place was that family cemetery in October.

The family’s large headstone has Asner chiseled into it, and the newspaper reported that visitors leave small stones on the actor’s grave.

Sheffield Cemetery is the second-oldest Jewish cemetery in town.

Asner Grew Up In Kansas City

According to the newspaper, the former Screen Actors Guild president graduated from Wyandotte High School. His dad was an iron and metal junkyard owner.

Ed Asner told The Star in 2016 that working in the junkyard helped him on the football team as a tackle. Soon after, Ed Asner left for the bright lights of Hollywood. However, brother Benjamin Asner stuck around town and ran a successful record store in the 1970s.

In Hollywood, Ed Asner’s acting career took off with roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant” as well as family-friendly movies like “Elf” and “Up.” He served as the SAG president from 1981 until 1985 and played an essential role in the group’s 1980 strike.