Ed Asner, a US television actor known for his role as a moody but adorable newspaper reporter Lou Grant, died of “natural death” at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 91.
The news of his death was confirmed on Twitter by the actor’s family.
“I’m sorry to say that our beloved patriarch died peacefully this morning. Words can’t express the sadness we feel,” they write. “Kiss my head — — Good night dad. we love you. ”
Asner is the most prestigious male performer in the entire history of the Primetime Emmy Awards and has won several awards for playing Lou Grant, the case reporter. Mary Tyler Moore Show, And about the spin-off series Lou Grant.
With over 300 acting credits, he continued to play in various film and television roles during the 70’s and 80’s. In 2003, the actor played Santa Claus in Will Ferrell’s hit movie fairy.
He was also John Goodman’s father in a short-lived 2004 CBS comedy Center of the universe And the voice of an older hero in the hit 2009 Pixar release, Up. Recently, he participated in the following television series: Forgive me When I died.
Many fans pay tribute to the actor who died on social media.
Actor Nancy Lee Graham wrote on Twitter: I turned around and asked if I could join him, he said he didn’t like anything anymore. We talked for three and a half hours, and finally his bear hug formed an alliance with his famous four his father. What a gift he was! #RIP”
“RIP # EdAsner, Lou Grant to me forever. Thank you for your laughter, intellect and honesty. 1929-2021,” wrote journalist Katie Couric.
American screenwriter Jon Hurwitz, who worked on the same series as Azner, also wrote a note for the late actor. He writes:It was an overall honor Cobra Kai Family whenever Asner visits our dojo. His sense of humor was transmitted inside and outside the camera. Here he is lightening things on the first day of our production. We would like to express our deepest condolences to his loved ones. “
Artist and American Penciller Mitch Gerads wrote: RIP Ed Asner. #EdAsner “
Azner, who served as president of the Screen Actors Guild of America for two terms, was born in 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Nancy Sykes from 1959 to 1988 and had three children, twins Matthew and Liza, and Kate.
In 1987, he had sons Carol Jean Vogelmann and Charles.
The deceased actor was a liberal activist because he participated in protests against the death penalty in support of trade unions. He was also the parent and grandparent of an autistic child and was a member of the non-profit Autism Speaks organization.
He served as a director and advisor to Aspiritech, a non-profit organization that tests software and trains people with high-functioning autism to perform quality assurance services to businesses.