Ed Asner’s ‘Up’-beat View on America: Welfare Cheats Are Few and Far Between

For a guy known to millions as a curmudgeonly news director, Ed Asner sure has a positive outlook on our nation’s working population.

Interviewed on Miss-takes, the actor who played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show chats about the life lessons he’s learned in his 53 years in the biz.

CAPTION: "If one believes in oneself and the activity one is pursuing, persevering is the best attitude in the world," Ed (above) tells us.

"If one believes in oneself and the activity one is pursuing, persevering is the best attitude in the world," Ed (above) tells us.

“Always look for the simple fact of what we all need: Love. Security. Interesting activities. Employment that we enjoy, that we take pride in,” he tells host Rick Tocquigny vis-a-vis the art of storytelling.

“When people talk about welfare cheats, yea, they exist, but they’re such a minority. The vast body of people, in my opinion, want a job that they can be proud of; they want a job that they can work at.

“And—with encouragement—if their work is appreciated, then they themselves will be inspired to improve even more.

“I think people want to be known for what they do as well as for what they are,” continues Ed, who starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen—opposite Christopher Plummer and Delroy Lindo—in the 2009 Oscar-winning animated feature Up.

Later, Ed, who’s currently touring in the one-man show FDR, also doles out advice to aspiring actors.

“Try everything in theater that you can. Never give up. Just keep persevering,” he says.

“Persevering is a disappearing art. But the person who perseveres will always gain profit from that endeavor.”

To hear Ed’s full interview, click here.

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