Ed Asner at the Arizona Biltmore Resort

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PHOENIX -- "Ed Asner has collected virtually every small-screen and lifetime achievement honor Hollywood has to offer," wrote David Daniel for CNN in March 2010.

"Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist Edward Asner," reads the legendary actor's bio. "His prolific and much-honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama."

His turn as Lou Grant in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," earned Asner five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards. Known for his roles in "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Roots," Asner might be more familiar to younger fans as the voice of Carl Fredrickson, the crotchety old man who traveled to South America by tying balloons to his house in the Disney/Pixar hit "Up."

Asner stopped by 3TV Tuesday morning to sit down with fellow Kansas City man, Scott Pasmore.

This evening, Asner will be starring in a reading of two short plays by Rich Orloff called "Advanced Chemistry."

The event takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Arizona Biltmore at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $54 to $108. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.

For more information, visit azjewishtheatre.org.