Monday, September 26, 2022

Actor Ed Asner, Lou Grant of TV Gale died at the age of 91

Author: Marcela Issa Associated Press

Los Angeles-Ed Asner, a burly, prolific, became a star in middle age, playing the rude but cute newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy “The Mary Taylor Moore Show” and later in In the play “Lu Grant”, he died on Sunday. He is 91 years old.

A representative of Asner confirmed the death of the actor in an email to the Associated Press. Asner’s official Twitter account includes messages from his children: “We regret to say that our beloved patriarch passed away peacefully this morning. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. Kiss your head-good night dad . we love you.”

In 1970, the bald Asner was hired to play Lou Grant in the “Mary Taylor Moore Show”. His figure is like his former football winger, and he is a skilled actor in movies and TV. During the seven seasons working in the fictional Minneapolis TV newsroom, he was the crumpled of Moore’s passionate Mary Richards (he called her “Mary” and she called him “Mr. Grant”) Boss. Later, he played a role in “Lou Grant” for five years.

This part brought three Emmy awards for best supporting actor “Mary Taylor Moore” and two best actor awards for “Lu Grant”. He also won Emmys for his roles in the miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1975-1976) and “Root” (1976-1977).

He has more than 300 acting credits and has been active in various film and TV roles throughout the 70s and 80s. In 2003, he played Santa Claus in Will Ferrell’s popular movie “Elves”. He is the father of John Goodman in the 2004 CBS short comedy “Universal Center” and voiced the elderly hero in the 2009 Pixar popular film “Upward”. Recently, he appeared in TV series such as “Forgive Me” and “Death to Me”.

Despite this, Asner told the Associated Press in 2009 that interesting characters are hard to find.

“I never got enough work,” he said. “This is the history of my career. There is nothing to refuse, let me say so.”

“I want to say that most people are probably in the same boat, old people, which is a shame,” he said.

As the chairman of the Screen Actors Guild, the liberal Asner was embroiled in a political controversy when he publicly opposed the US involvement in the autocratic government in Latin America in 1982. “Lou Grant” was cancelled in the ensuing commotion, and he did not run for the third SAG term in 1985.

Asner talked about his politicization in an interview in 2002 and pointed out that he started his career in the McCarthy era and has been afraid to say it for years because of fear of being blacklisted.

Then he watched a film of a nun depicting the cruelty the Salvadoran government imposed on its citizens.

“I went out and complained that our country is constantly arming and strengthening the army in El Salvador, they oppress the people,” he said.

Former SAG chairman Charlton Heston and others accused him of making non-American remarks and abusing his position as the head of the actors’ union.

“We even had bomb threats. I had armed guards,” Asner recalled.

Although CBS insisted that the decline in ratings was the reason for the cancellation of the show, the actor blamed the controversy on “Lou Grant”, who had ended five years.

The role of Asner has been popular since the first episode of “Mary Taylor Moore”, when he told Mary when he first met, “You are very courageous. …I hate courage!” Inspired actors include Ted Ted Knight, as the clumsy news anchor Ted Baxter; Gavin MacLeod as Murray Slaughter, satirical news writer; Betty White as the manipulative and sexually obsessed Home show host Sue Ann Nivens (Sue Ann Nivens). Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman played Mary’s neighbors, and both saw their roles being split into their own shows.

When the star decided to pursue other interests, “Mary Taylor Moore” was still very popular, so it ended with a hilarious ending in season seven, and all the principals were fired except for the clumsy Baxter.

Asner immediately entered “Lou Grant”, and his role moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, where he became the city editor of the Tribune, which was written by the publisher Margaret Pynchon. The firmly supported Crusader newspaper, played by Nancy Marchand, is impressive.

Although the show had light-hearted moments, its script touched on a variety of darker social issues that most of the series at the time would not touch, including alcoholism and homelessness. Asner has been politically active for the rest of his life, and in 2017 published the book Angry Historian: Old Left-handers Defending Our Constitution Against Right-wing Hypocrites and Madmen.

Azner was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1929, and almost became a journalist in real life. He studied journalism at the University of Chicago until a professor told him that the industry could not make money.

He quickly turned to drama, making his first appearance as the martyred Thomas Beckett in TS Eliot’s campus murder “Murder in the Cathedral”.

He eventually dropped out of school and worked as a taxi driver and other jobs before enlisting in 1951. He served in the French Army Signal Corps.

Returning to Chicago after serving his military service, he appeared in the Playwrights Theatre Club and Second City, a famous satirical troupe that created the careers of dozens of top comedians.

Later, in New York, he joined the long-running “Threepence Opera” and appeared with Jack Lemmon in “The Face of Heroes.”

Azner arrived in Hollywood in 1961 to watch the TV “Naked City” episode. He decided to stay and appeared in many movies and TV shows, including the film “Eldorado” (which played against John Wayne). El Dorado); and Elvis Presley cars “Kid Galahad” and “Change of Habit”. He was a frequent guest of the political drama “Slightly Man” in the 1960s.

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