US tv on-screen actor Ed Asner, champ of a record seven Emmy grants, has kicked the bucket at age 91, his family said Sunday.
"We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning, peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel," his family wrote on the actor's Twitter account.
"With a kiss on your head - Goodnight dad. We love you."
His publicist said Asner died of natural causes.
Asner originally made a name for himself playing newsroom boss Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the iconic sitcom that ran from 1970 to 1977, and then later on a spin-off show centered on his character. He won three of his seven Emmys for playing the character, and is one of as it were two performing artists to win a comedy and show Emmy for the same part on distinctive appears.
Asner won himself a new generation of fans with his portrayal of another tough guy with a heart of gold: widower Carl Fredericksen in the 2009 animated movie Up, which was nominated for the Oscar for best picture. Within the film, Asner voices a solidified ancient man who ties thousands of inflatables to his house and flies it to South America, looking for to fulfill his late wife's wish for experience.
Edward Asner was born on 15 November 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri. The youngest of five children, he worked on his high school newspaper - foreshadowing his stint playing an editor on the small screen and played football. As an grown-up, he worked on an auto-assembly line, in spite of the fact that he said in a 1973 meet he had dreams of seeing South America - once more anticipating a future character - or The frozen north. He at that point served within the armed force some time recently at long last making his way into acting.
He appeared in a series of off-Broadway plays, television shows and movies before getting his big break with The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
A liberal activist, he participated in protests in support of labor unions and against the death penalty. He also served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
In May, Asner's companion and Mary Tyler Moore co-star Gavin MacLeod passed absent. Asner shared his melancholy on Twitter. "My heart is broken. Gavin was my brother, my accomplice in wrongdoing (and nourishment) and my comedian schemer," he wrote. "I will see you in a bit Gavin. Tell the group I will see them in a bit. Betty! It's fair you and me presently," he included, alluding to incredible on-screen character Betty White, who is right now the as it were living alum of the show.
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