Ed Asner Opens Up About His Son & Grandson's Autism: "Help Me Change The World"

November 16, 2018 11:04

Yitzhak Edward Asner, 89, is an iconic legend, who successfully and equally mixes drama and comedy. He's deemed to be one of the most outstanding and talented actors of his generation.

He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series, Lou Grant.

Lou Grant (1977) / MTM Enterprises 

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Ed Asner is the most honored Primetime Emmy Awards winner, since he received it 7 times. Moreover, he's an active citizen, who speaks out against some political views, does charity work, and other essential things for humanity.


Little do people know about Asner's son, Charlie, 31, who has autism. Diagnosed in primary school, the world still didn't know much about the condition back then, although Ed and his son learned all aspects together.

I confess to you that I did not see the signs. I really found a high-spirited, rule-breaking youngster.


The seven-time Emmy Awards winning-actor is best-known for his advocacy in political views and human rights, but after finding out that his youngest son had autism, he shifted his activism to raise awareness about the condition.

However, Charlie isn't the only one with autism. Asner's grandson, Will, who has "great sense of humor and has a great sense of love," is also on the autism spectrum. 

Asner realized that he should have been the one to find the fullest potential and power in Charlie and Will. The actor's son got a B.A. in geography and ecology at the University of Southern Connecticut, and Edward couldn't have been happier. 

Notably, it takes a lot of time and effort to deal with autism. The Lou Grant star said that this disorder taught him a lot.

Patience. Patience. Patience. Always patience. I can't employ it enough. When you apply that, you find how amazingly normal the autistic sounds.


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Ed Asner learned how to treat autistic people due to Charlie and Will's disorder, and is now promoting his knowledge and awareness to others. 


The legendary actor founded his own agency, The Ed Asner Family Center, with the main objective of promoting self-control and self-confidence in differently abled individuals, as well as bringing wellness to their families. 

In his touching letter to everyone, Asner wrote:

If you know me, you know that I have done anything I can for people and a good cause. If you have come to me and asked something of me, I hope I have been there for you. This is Asner calling. Help me change the world.

The Center is basically a synergetic combination of thought and balance, interaction and control. It comprises a variety of mental health services, possibilities for education, volunteering, or job opportunities. The Center will give children and adults of all levels of ability a chance at dignity, confidence, and self-respect.

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