Legendary actor Ed Asner has passed away at the age of 91, Fox News reports.
News of Asner’s passing came by way of his Twitter account. The saddening announcement appears to have been posted by his children.
“We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully,” the statement read. “Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.”
No further details were provided on Asner’s passing.
Asner enjoyed a long acting career that spanned many decades. According to Breitbart, he had more than 300 acting credits to his name, including from both television and film appearances.
But, those familiar with Asner will most likely remember him for playing Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which aired during the 1970s. Asner played that role for seven seasons, and then he played the role for another five years on the show Lou Grant.
On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant worked at the fictional Minneapolis TV newsroom as Moore’s boss. Then, on Lou Grant, the character moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to become the editor of the Tribune.
Asner, for his memorable role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, won three best supporting actor Emmys, and, for his role in Lou Grant, he won two Best Actor awards. Asner also took home Emmys for his roles in Rich Man, Poor Man, and Roots.
“I’m very happy”
Asner, aside from his acting, was also well-known for his liberal political beliefs.
As The Hollywood Reporter noted, “An avowed liberal, Asner also served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981-85 and sparred often with Charlton Heston, a noted conservative who preceded him as head of the guild. He received the SAG Life Achievement Award in 2002.”
Although most of his acting success came during the 70s, Asner would continue acting through the new millennium. He had roles, for example, in hits like Elf, Up, and others. And, believe it or not, Asner was still doing comedy tours in 2019.
At the time, he told Fox News, “I’m very happy with what I’ve gone and achieved. But all the sympathy I’ve had, I would have liked that more during the blank areas.”