The 91-year-old interpreter rose to fame thanks to his role as the charismatic journalist and has died at home, according to his children.
Edward Asner rose to the top of acting thanks to journalist Lou Grant, whom he played for nearly a decade in the 1970s. And it actually turned him into the television actor. with the most Emmys in history (7 awards, and of them 5 thanks to the journalist teacher). Last Sunday he died at his home in Tarzana (California) at the age of 91, as confirmed by his family on social networks.
Fame came to him in 1970 from the hand of the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) -The girl on TV- and then with the drama Lou Grant (1977-1982) but starred in numerous television productions, and even served as inspiration to create the grandfather of the Pixar film Up! His relatives said goodbye to him yesterday through social networks with this message yesterday:
We are saddened to report that our dear patriarch died peacefully this morning. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. We say goodbye to you with a kiss on the forehead: good night dad. We love you
Asner was born in 1929 to a family of ultra-Orthodox Jewish emigrants in Kansas City (Arkansas). And despite opposition from his family, Asner became a stage actor and shared the stage with authentic acting myths as Jack Lemmon. with whom he premiered on Broadway and from there made the leap to the small screen in 1957 Face of a Hero.
It was precisely on television that he reached the peak of his career. The role for which he won a place in the memory of millions of viewers was that of Lou Grant in the sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but he also participated in series such as Raíces or Rich man, poor man, with which he also won two Emmys. He also inspired and performed the dubbing of the grandfather of Pixar’s Up !, where he played the dreamy Carl Fredricksen. He also won 5 Golden Globes and more recently has participated in series such as Cobra Kai, The Good Wife O Grace and Frankie .
He was also known for his philanthropy and activism, militant against the US Government’s war against Iraq or in support of the five Cuban agents imprisoned for espionage.