Actor Ed Asner Passed Away
Actor Ed Anser, best known for playing fictional TV newsman Lou Grant, has died aged 91.
Ed Asner, the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later in the drama “Lou Grant,” died Sunday. He was 91.
Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant on both sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and hourlong drama “Lou Grant” before a late-career rejuvenation through his poignant voicework in 2009 animated film.
He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985, and was honoured in 2000 with the union’s prestigious Ralph Morgan Award.
Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant on both sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and hourlong drama “Lou Grant” before a late-career rejuvenation through his poignant voicework in 2009 animated film “Up,” has died. He was 91. https://t.co/bxLVnr6plm
— Variety (@Variety) August 29, 2021
Eddie Asner was born on November 15, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas.
His Ashkenazi Jewish immigrant parents, Lizzie, a housewife, and Morris David Asner ran a second-hand shop and junkyard.
He was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family and given the Hebrew name Yitzhak.
Asner died of natural causes at his home in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 29, 2021 at age 91.
Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards. In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award
Eddie Asner was an American actor and a president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is known for playing Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same character in both a comedy and a drama.
He is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven – five for portraying Lou Grant. His other Emmys were for performances in two television miniseries: Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), where he won for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Performance in a TV series, and Roots (1977), for which he won for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a TV series.