Ed Asner, TV’s beloved Lou Grant and star of ‘Up,’ a seven-time Emmy winner.
Edward Asner, who was best remembered for playing grumpy but beloved newsman Lou Grant and voicing the lead in the Pixar picture Up, died “peacefully” on Sunday morning.
Asner died early Sunday morning at home, accompanied by his family, according to his spokesman, Charles Sherman. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show the character Lou Grant
Tough-talking, hard-drinking Grant, who debuted on CBS’ “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s, and went on to star in the drama spinoff “Lou Grant,” where he was first presented as Mary Richards’ boss, made Asner famous. But he was more than just a memorable persona.
“Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head – goodnight dad. We love you.”
On Twitter, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who also starred on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, paid tribute to Asner.
Ben Stiller, a comedian actor, added: “Sending my heartfelt condolences to Ed Asner’s family. Because he was such a lovely, humorous, and completely honest actor, he became an idol. He is disliked by everyone.”
Over the course of a seven-decade acting career, Asner, a U.S. Army veteran, played a wide range of characters, from burly cops to 5 o’clock-shadowed heavies in pre-“Mary” ’60s dramas, while endearing himself to younger generations who wouldn’t know Lou Grant from Ted Baxter in 2003’s “Elf” and 2009’s “Up.”
Edward Asner was a vocal advocate of a number of humanitarian and political causes during his acting career, including trade unionism and animal rights. From 1981 to 1985, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and in 2000, he received the union’s prestigious Ralph Morgan Award.
In 1929, Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and began acting while still in high school. Asner returned to theatre work in Chicago after serving in the US Army Signal Corps for two years in France.
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