Washington: Seven-time record Emmy awards winner, Ed Asner has expired at the age of 91, confirmed his bereaved family on Sunday.
“We are sad to say that our dear patriarch passed away today, peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel,” his family wrote on the actor’s Twitter account.
His publicist stated Asner died of natural reasons. Asner earned a name for himself performing newsroom boss Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the iconic show from 1970 to 1977.
Asner won three of his seven Emmys for performing the character and attained Emmy’s comedy and drama for the same role on distinctive shows.
He won himself a new generation of followers with his replica of another tough fellow with a heart of gold: widower Carl Fredericksen in the 2009 animated movie Up, nominated for the Oscar under the best picture category.
In the movie, Asner sounds like a tough older man who draws thousands of balloons to his home and flies it to South America, trying to achieve his late wife’s dream for adventure.
Eddie Asner was born on November 15, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the youngest among siblings. He worked on his high school publication, foretelling his work representing an editor on the small screen and played football.
Apart from acting, he was a liberal activist. He engaged in rallies in support of labor federations and against the death sentence. He additionally served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild.