American actor Edward Asner, who rose to fame with the role of journalist Lou Grant on the 1970s series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and starred in numerous television productions, died this Sunday at the age of 91.
“We are saddened to say that our beloved patriarch passed away peacefully this morning. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head: good night dad. We love you,” their children have communicated through their official account Twitter According to The New York Times, he has died at his home in the town of Tarzana (California) without providing a cause of death.
Asner is the most awarded actor in the history of the Emmy with seven awards, of which five were for his portrayal of Lou Grant, first in the sitcom Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977) and later in its spin-off Lou Grant, which aired from 1977 to 1982.
Born in 1929 in Kansas City (Arkansas), in a family of Orthodox Jewish immigrants, Asner began his acting career in the theater and arrived on Broadway in 1960, sharing the stage with Jack Lemon in Face of a Hero, finally being released in 1957 on the small screen, where he would achieve his greatest successes.
He won two Emmys for Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man
The Mary Tyler Moore Show marked his career, but Asner was also acclaimed for his performance in the series Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man, which earned him two Emmys, and he participated as a voice actor in numerous films, including Up from the animation studio. Pixar, in which he was the endearing Carl Fredricksen.
Among his nearly 300 titles, which also earned him five Golden Globes and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the film Elf and his performances in recent years in the series Cobra Kai, Grace and Frankie, or The Good Wife.
Asner is remembered today by his fellow professionals, including the important actors union SAG-AFTRA, which he belonged to for six decades and which he chaired between 1981 and 1985. In 2001, the organization awarded him the award for a lifetime.
He was also known for his philanthropy and activism, speaking out publicly on political issues for years and participating in actions to reject the US Government’s war against Iraq or in support of the five Cuban agents imprisoned for espionage.