Asher Fleming is a recurring character on Season 4 of WB drama Gilmore Girls. He is portrayed by Michael York.


Asher is a Yale professor and author, who develops a romantic relationship with Paris Geller. The two meet through Richard Gilmore, because Asher and Richard were classmates at Yale.[1] Despite the massive age difference, Paris and Asher had a serious relationship throughout Paris and Rory's freshman year of Yale.[2][3][4]

Asher dies of a heart attack two weeks before Rory and Paris's sophomore year of Yale begins.[5] He was teaching a Shakespeare class in Oxford when he had the heart attack. He left Paris an eighteenth-century printing press, which she briefly stored in the common room she shared with Rory.[6]


  • Asher dedicates his novel Jaglon (2004) to Paris, a 'wise, willful, wonderful woman'.[7]
  • Doyle tells Rory that Asher is known for his string of affairs with the female students.[7]

Notes and references

  1. Ted Koppel's Big Night Out
  2. The Nanny and the Professor
  3. Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels
  4. Luke Can See Her Face
  5. Written in the Stars
  6. Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too
  7. 7.0 7.1 Afterboom
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