Ed Asner, the actor who brought Lou Grant to fame, passes away

Ed Asner. / Reuters

Winner of seven Emmy Awards for his performances on both the Journalists Series, as well as on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ and ‘Roots’

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Ed Asner, who played a race journalist on the television series ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and its spin-off ‘Lou Grant’ in the 1970s and 1980s, died this Sunday at the age of 91, according to his report. family. Winner of seven Emmy Awards, Asner also put his peculiar and husky voice to the jubilant protagonist of the animated film ‘Up’.

His family wrote on the actor’s Twitter account to announce that “we are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning in peace.” «Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on the head, good night dad. We love you, ”said his family.

Asner, born in 1929, became a regular on television and later in cinema from the 1950s. However, his most successful period began when he was part of the sitcom ‘Mary Tyler Moore’, which aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977 and featured one of the best ensembles of actors and writers in the history of American television. In it he began to mature and perfect the character of Lou Grant. The series ran for seven years and won the Emmy for Best Comedy for three consecutive years beginning in 1975. Asner won three Emmy Awards for his work on it.

The drama ‘Low Grant’ was released in 1977 and ran until 1982. Asner became the first actor to win an Emmy – two of them, in fact. playing the same character in both a comedy and a drama. Asner claimed that “Lou Grant” was canceled by CBS due to his political opinions, not due to specialized criticism. And it was very hard with the intervention of the United States in Central America. As head of the actors union from 1981 to 1985, Asner also clashed with conservative actor Charlton Heston.

Asner also won Emmy Awards for his work on two miniseries – “Roots” in 1977 and “Rich Man, Poor Man” in 1976. In total, he was nominated 20 times for the award. Later, Ed Asner developed his career as a voice actor in animation productions.

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