Ed Asner, who became a household name playing Lou Grant on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, has died at 91.
Asner, who also earned himself a brand-new generation of fans by voicing the grieving widower in the animated 2009 movie ‘Up’ and playing a grumpy Santa in the 2003 film ‘Elf’, passed away peacefully surrounded by family.
“We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully,” his family said on Twitter.
“Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head — Goodnight dad. We love you.”
We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) August 29, 2021
Asner starred as the tough-talking TV newsroom head Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which brought him three supporting actor Emmys.
When the sitcom ended, he returned as the same character in a harder-hitting hour-long series, which earned him two leading actor Emmys and a total of five nominations.
More recently he appeared on ‘Grace & Frankie’, ‘Cobra Kai’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and provided voices for ‘American Dad!’