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Actor / Activist
Ed AsnerEd Asner, the actor that played [if you're old enough to remember] Lou Grant, probably isn't the first person that comes to mind when you hear the words "actor/activist". But since his success, Asner has become an outspoken critic of the US government and its policies at home and abroad. While working on the Lou Grant spin-off of the Mary Tyler Moore show, he publicly decried US involvement in Central America, causing CBS to "coincidentally" cancel his show soon thereafter. Asner had also been president of the Screen Actors Guild during that time, of which he served for two years.

Most recently, Asner has been a guest voice on Cartoon Network's hit series The Boondocks, where he plays arrogant, connected banker Ed Wuncler.

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from Wikipedia:

[Ed Asner] has also been active in a variety of other causes, such as the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, and is a prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. His political position may also have motivated him to play the voice of the pig-like villain Hoggish Greedly on the pro-environmental animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

Asner served as the spokesman for 2004 Racism Watch. In April 2004, he wrote an open letter to "peace and justice leaders" encouraging them to demand "full 9-11 truth" through an organization called the "9-11 Visibility Project."

Asner was treated successfully for prostate cancer some years ago.