Ed Asner/Lou Grant
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As gruff boss Lou Grant, Ed Asner ruled the WJM newsroom with an iron fist, but he had a soft spot for Mary. After "Mary Tyler Moore" ended, Asner continued to play Grant in the hour-long dramatic spinoff series "Lou Grant," becoming the only actor to win an Emmy for playing the same character in a sitcom and drama.
A former SAG president, Asner, now 83, went on to play many memorable guest roles in shows such as "ER" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." He's also known for playing Santa Claus in "Elf" and "Christmas Vacation 2."