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Actor Ed Asner To Visit Reston Next Week for Book-Signing, Movie Screening

by Dave Emke October 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm 13 Comments

By his own admission, Ed Asner is a “dauntless Democrat from the old days.”

The legendary actor will be at Bowtie Cinemas (11940 Market St.) in Reston Town Center on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. to sign copies of his new book, “The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs,” and to chat with fans.

According to the book’s summary, Asner is making the argument that liberals need to step up to challenge “right-wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret [the Constitution].”

Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.) is selling copies of the book, which will also be for sale at the theater event. Following the book-signing, a screening of Asner’s short film “The Flood” is planned as part of the Washington West Film Festival. Tickets to the film-screening will be sold separately.

Among his many credits, the 87-year-old Asner is likely best known for his role as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” a character which was later spun off into its own show. He is also well-known by a younger generation for his voice role as Carl Fredericksen in Pixar’s “Up.”

Asner was nominated for seven Emmys for his role as Lou Grant on “Mary Tyler Moore,” winning three. He won two more Emmys for his work on “Lou Grant” and two for his work in other projects, including the acclaimed mini-series “Roots.” Off-camera, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981-1985.

For more information about the event in Reston, email [email protected].

  • tattler

    Woaaaah now, Ed. Careful boasting about how far into the ‘old days’ you go as a ‘dauntless democrat’. You were likely alive when the Dems were pro-slavery.

  • Bah

    Fat old has-been actor with left-wing opinions? Yawn. How incredibly original.

    • Bahrf

      Your post? Yawn. How incredibly original. But living in your mommy’s basement, you wouldn’t have been around to know what a treasure he is, would you. It’s okay sweetie.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Your post? Double yawn, sweetie. You can’t call out the originality of someone else’s post and then also retort with the classic, “you live in your mom’s basement.” That’s like… super unoriginal man. You learn this year 1 in troll school.

  • Bias

    Reston Now, your bias is continuing to show….

    • SouthLake

      If there’s a fat old irrelevant Republican actor having a book tour in Reston anytime soon please share

    • Reston Now

      If James Woods were coming to Reston, there’d be an article about that. He’s not. Ed Asner is.

      • Willie Reston

        What about Mel Gibson? Vince Vaughn?

  • kindergarden

    dont forget to mix person/ality with ideology!

  • Mike M

    Yes. The actor will tell us how to interpret reality. Indeed! Feh!

  • RoadApples

    re: Constitution
    Would appreciate a debate between Ed Asner and Mark Levin

  • skyedent

    Another event has Mr. Asner listed as speaking the night of Oct 27th in Beverly Hills. Is it possible he’s doing both?

  • Juli Vermillion

    Why is everyone being so rude? You don’t like him or his political views, don’t go. But all your snark says he has hit a nerve–that’s about you, not him. Have a little respect…he has probably accomplished way more than any of you.


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