Ed Asner as FDR
We see and hear the presidents fireside chats; his controversial packing of the Supreme Court; his personal life with Eleanor and his discreet but definite affair with Lucy Mercer; his courage to break the Neutrality Act; his manipulation of Congress (in order to get the country to have a draft); the Pearl Harbor controversy and the benevolent dictatorship he called the presidency from 1933–44, which made him the first man in history to be elected to four terms.
Ed Asner is magnificent as FDR and delivers a fearless performance of this dynamic and powerful world leader. The renowned actor shows us why this president was known as “that man in the White House,” scorned by many and admired by most.
Asner is best known for his character Lou Grant, who was first introduced on the The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. In 1977, after the end of The Mary Tyler Moore show, Asner’s character was given his own show, Lou Grant, which ran from 1977-1982. Asner is also known for his acclaimed role as Captain Davies, from the mini-series Roots, a role that earned Asner an Emmy Award.