Ed Asner, the actor and activist best known for playing Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its aftermath, has died at the age of 91.
The actor’s death was announced on Sunday via his official Twitter account, specifying that he passed away peacefully. No cause of death was given.
“We are sorry to say that our beloved Patriarch passed away peacefully this morning. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on the head – Good night daddy. We love you”, the tweet reads.
As Deadline notes, Asner was the former president of the Screen Actors Guild as well as the most decorated male performer in Emmy history, with seven wins to his name. While this made him well known in Hollywood, it was his time playing Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and his spin-off, “Lou Grant,” that made him a household name throughout. the country.
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In fact, five of his Emmy wins were for playing Lou Grant. The other two were for roles in “Roots” and “Rich Man, Poor Man”. Fans may also recognize him from the Christmas movie “Elf”, where he played none other than Santa Claus. He also played roles in Pixar’s Oscar-winning film “Up” and was recently seen in the Emmy-nominated series “Cobra Kai”.
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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Asner, an avowed liberal, has often fought with his Conservative predecessor as Screen Actors Guild president Charlton Heston. The outlet reports that Asner received the SAG Life Achievement Award in 2002 for his work within the organization.
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Even in his later years, Asner showed no signs of slowing down. He spoke to Fox News in 2019 while touring the country with his comedic one-man show titled “A Man and His Prostate.”
“I am very happy with what I have accomplished and accomplished,” Asner told Fox News of his career at the time. “But all the sympathy I had, I would have liked it more during the empty areas.”
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In addition to his work as an actor and activist, Asner was also an advocate for the autistic community. Through his Ed Asner Family Center, an “oasis of creativity” for the autistic community, as the organization’s website calls it, he has been able to do tremendous charitable work in recent years.
Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.
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