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Ed Asner, legendary actor, activist and philanthropist, died peacefully on Sunday morning with his family. He was 91.
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Asner, former president of the Screen Actors Guild, is best known for his role as Lou Grant in the 1970s and early 1980s, on both the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors who have been portrayed making the same character in a comedy and a drama.
He is the most distinguished male actor in Emmy history with seven wins – five of them for playing Lou Grant. In 2001 he received the Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
Asner’s long list of credits also includes the films Elf, one of several films in which he played Santa Claus, and Pixar’s Oscar-winning Up, in which he voiced the lead role, Carl Fredricksen. Most recently, he was a guest on the Emmy-nominated comedy series Cobra Kai, which played Johnny Lawrence’s stepfather Sid Weinberg.
Born in Kansas City on November 15, 1929, Asner began his acting career in the theater and helped found the Playwrights Theater Company in Chicago, a predecessor of The Second City. He got his first Broadway role in 1960 on the side of Jack Lemmon in Face of a Hero. Asner made his television debut in 1957 in the anthology Studio One.
A number of guest roles have resulted in his casting as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a character first featured on the show in 1970. In 1977, after the acclaimed half-hour comedy series ended, Asner’s character received his own spin-off series, the hour-long drama Lou Grant (1977-82). In addition, Asner appeared as Lou Grant on two other shows, Rhoda and Roseanne.
Asner was also a regular on Thunder Alley, The Bronx Zoo, and Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also made acclaimed appearances on two hugely popular miniseries, Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man, which earned him both Emmy Awards.
In addition to Up, Asner’s extensive voiceover resume includes providing the voices for Joshua in Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (1986) for Hanna-Barbera, J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man series (1994-98); Hoggish Gierly on Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990-95); Roland Daggett on Batman: The Animated Series (1992-94); Ed Wuncler on The Boondocks (2005-14); and Granny Goodness in various DC Comics animated series.