Dr. Wasserman is David's 80-something mentor and therapist. Wasserman was a big deal in his day: a well respected psychiatrist, professor, and a pioneer in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Now, his mind is somewhat shackled by old age. He is still highly opinionated, straight-shooting and aggressive in his therapeutic technique. Unfortunately, he is also scattered, forgetful and occasionally abusive. He has a great deal of trouble remembering David's name, even though he has been treating him for six and half years.
As a result of their long therapeutic relationship, he is quite familiar with David's tendency to rationalize destructive behaviour, his avoidance mechanisms and patterns of denial, and as a result is David's harshest critic.
Wasserman is still a force to be reckoned with, and can be very insightful, even though those insights are often directed at Donald, Duncan or Dashiell.
Recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), Edward Asner has created some of the most memorable characters in television history.
His triple Emmy-winning Lou Grant on the phenomenon that was The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) proved so rich a character that a series grew up around him. For the Peabody Award-winning The Lou Grant Show (1977-1982), Asner garnered two more Emmys. He is highly-respected for his work in seminal drama series such as Rich Man, Poor Man (Emmy, 1976) and Roots (Emmy, 1997).
More recently, he portrayed Warren Buffet in Curtis Hanson's in Too Big To Fail (2011), and had recurring roles in Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007) and David E. Kelley's The Practice (1997-2004). A new generation fell in love with Asner when he voiced the man who went flying in his house in the animated Oscar-winner Up (2009). This year, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Banff Media Festival.