Actor Ed Asner, hailed for his role as Lou Grant, dies at 91

American actor Ed Asner, who rose to fame with the role of the journalist Lou Grant in the 1970s series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and starred in numerous television productions, he died this Sunday at the age of 91, according to local media and his relatives.

“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 communicated today through their official account of Twitter.

According to The New York Times, he died at his home in the town of Tarzana (California).

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 Mary Tyler Moore “sitcom” (1970-1977) and later in a derivative drama and titled in his name, which aired from 1977 to 1982.

Born in 1929 in Kansas City (Arkansas), into 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”, to finally premiere in 1957 on the small screen, where he would achieve his greatest successes.

“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 it was the endearing Carl Fredricksen.

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Among his nearly 300 titles, which also earned him five Golden Globes and a star in the Hollywood walk of fameThe film “Elf” and its performances in recent years in the series also stand out. “Cobra Kai”, “Grace and Frankie” o “The Good Wife“.

Asner was remembered today by his fellow professionals, including the important actors’ union SAG-AFTRA, to which he belonged 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 in rejection of the war of the U.S. government against Iraq or in support of the five Cuban agents imprisoned for espionage.