Ed Asner Once Made Memorable Appearance Alongside Tom Selleck on ‘Blue Bloods’

by Joe Rutland

Ed Asner appeared in many different TV shows throughout his career. Asner, who died on Sunday, got on “Blue Bloods” last year.

The popular CBS police drama had Asner in the “Vested Interests” episode as a friend of Tom Selleck’s NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan. According to an article from PopCulture, Ed Asner played Chuck Kennedy, whose house was invaded. Reagan goes by and checks on his friend, only to find himself in the midst of a debate with his older friend.

Asner was in an episode that took its name from seeing Detective Jamie Reagan, played by Will Estes, under investigation. Jamie’s vest was found on a suspected criminal.

His career spanned nearly five decades, but Asner left quite a mark on the entertainment industry. He played stubborn-yet-humorous Lou Grant on the CBS sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” for seven seasons. Grant headed up WJM-TV in Minneapolis, Minn., along with Mary Richards (Moore) and Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod). Grant also had to deal with ego-filled news anchor Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) and a host of other characters looking for his attention.

Ed Asner Turned Lou Grant Character From Comedy To Drama

Ed Asner took that character after the sitcom ended in 1977 in a dramatic turn. “Lou Grant” saw Grant lead a Los Angeles newsroom for five seasons. The show gave viewers an inside look into how newsrooms for daily newspapers operated at that time.

His television work, which also included darker turns on “Roots” and “Rich Man, Poor Man,” earned Asner seven Emmy Awards. At this time, he still holds the record for most Emmys won by a male actor with seven awards.

On Sunday, that long career ended as Ed Asner died at 91 years old.

“Blue Bloods” kicks off its 12th season on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. Selleck returns as does Estes in their roles, along with Donnie Wahlberg, Vanessa Ray, and Bridget Moynihan.

Actor Called Will Ferrell Funniest Person He’s Met ‘Since Ted Knight’

In his final interview, Ed Asner had some kind words for comedian Will Ferrell. Ferrell has made a name for himself with a multiple-season run on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and in movies like “Talladega Nights.

But Asner said something interesting about Ferrell and his late co-star, Ted Knight.

“My primary source of mail deals with one-syllable titles: Up and Elf,” Asner said. “I love them both. Will Ferrell is a genius and the funniest man I came across since Ted Knight. Up was geniusly written.”

Ferrell and Asner worked together on Elf. It featured Ferrell as a human who is raised at Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Asner played Santa Clause in the film.