Ed Asner, the Iconic Lou Grant on Two Acclaimed TV Series, Dies at 91

Entertainment August 29, 2021
Ed Asner, the Iconic Lou Grant on Two Acclaimed TV Series, Dies at 91

From The Hollywood Reporter by Mike Barnes

Ed Asner, the tough guy with the soft side who starred as the irascible newsroom boss Lou Grant on the legendary sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and on his own hard-hitting TV drama, died Sunday. He was 91.

Said his family on Twitter: “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.”

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.

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