The former president of the Screen Actors Guild is best known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s
Ed Asner, legendary actor, activist and philanthropist has passed away at the age of 91.
The Up star passed away peacefully Sunday morning, surrounded by family, it has been confirmed.
The former president of the Screen Actors Guild is best known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s.
He starred in both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff series Lou Grant.
His work on the shows made him one of the few television actors to portray the same character in both a comedy and a drama.
Ed stole the hearts of millions across the globe when he starred in Pixar’s Up in 2009.
The sad news of his passing was confirmed by Asner’s family on Twitter on Sunday.
The actor’s devastated family wrote: “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.”
Ed first guest-starred on The Outer Limits, Mission: Impossible and Route 66, but his career completely blossomed when he landed the role of irritable TV news director Lou Grant on CBS’ The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which first debuted in 1970.
Thanks to his character’s popularity, the show became a massive hit and ran for seven successful seasons.
It soon became one of the most acclaimed TV series of all time.
The legendary actor won three consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work as Lou Grant in from 1971 to 1973.
After Mary Tyler Moore was taken off air, the much-loved actor reprised his role on the spinoff Lou Grant – a drama series that saw Grant working as the city editor of a Los Angeles newspaper.
The drama ran for a successful five seasons from 1977 to 1982.
During that time, Ed was was nominated five times for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and he took away two awards after winning twice.