Ed Asner, a Hollywood legend, died Sunday surrounded by family and friends. He was 91 years old.
“We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully,” the actor’s family shared on Twitter. The comments were noted by The Wrap.
Sending love and solidarity, thank you for your service to the working class, Ed pic.twitter.com/g55u2mUQT5
— Brett "Unions 2021" Banditelli (@banditelli) August 29, 2021
“Words cannot express the sadness we feel,” the statement added. “With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.”
Ed Asner Dies: TV Icon Who Played Lou Grant Was 91 https://t.co/peSwwrs6M4
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) August 29, 2021
His Hollywood career took off after he was cast as Lou Grant in the famous 1970s comedy “Mary Tyler Moore,” opposite late actress Mary Tyler Moore. Additionally, there is a spin-off series titled “Lou Grant.”
Asner, who was previously the President of the Screen Actors Guild, is the most-awarded male performer in Emmy history, with seven victories, Deadline magazine reported.
Ed Asner… what a loss. A phenomenal career, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant to voicing Carl in Up. To me though he’ll always be the iconic voice of J Jonah Jameson in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series. pic.twitter.com/MyCfH9gb1l
— Morgan Jeffery (@morganjeffery) August 29, 2021
The actor was well-known for his performances on both the little and big screens, most notably as Jolly Old St. Nicholas in the iconic Christmas film “Elf.” He also lent his voice to the elderly character Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar film “Up.”
Shortly after news of his passing spread, tributes to the Hollywood star began to circulate on social media.