Ed Asner, the beloved actor who played Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Sunday, August 29. He was 91 years old.
“We regret to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning in peace,” a statement in his official Twitter count read. “Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on the head – Good night dad. We love you. “
Asner was best known for his comedic role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show And it is Lou grant spin-off in the 1970s and early 1980s. The seven-time Emmy Award winner’s credits span movies and television, including Eleven, Until, and Cobra Kai in recent years.
The Missouri native recently looked back at his notable roles through a Thursday, Aug. 26 interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Yeah, they wanted me to audition for the boss at Mary tyler moore“He remembered his audition for the sitcom.” Gavin MacLeod preceded me in the reading. I knew I was following him and said that I would be better suited for the role, and he was better suited for Murray. Anyway, they made me come in and reading, I lumbered through the reading and Jim Brooks said, ‘That was a very smart read.’ And I murmured, ‘Yeah, but it wasn’t funny.’ They said, ‘Why don’t we invite you to read with Mary? you read it all, like a mad, savage, meshuga, loony. So I said, ‘Well, why don’t you let me read it that way now, and if I don’t do it right, don’t turn me on?’ That’s a revolutionary statement.… A week to 10 days later I went back and read with Mary. After I got the job, they told me that Mary said at the time, “Are you sure?” And they said, ‘That’s your Lou Grant ‘”.
After reserving the role, she knew she had found a special project.
“I liked what I read,” he told the outlet. “I liked what the writers did. I had no idea of its longevity. I just knew it was a job. He didn’t know how to break down barriers for single women, he didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t know they were downtrodden! But it started to grow in me that we had a hot item here. “
He also spoke about the nature of the changing world and his current life amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“It changed my life,” Asner said. “It seems like it has changed everyone’s life, and I think it has changed acting and creativity as much as anything else. My eyesight isn’t the best and my hearing isn’t the best, so I don’t go out much anyway. I sit here most of the time, bored as hell, not knowing which way to go. I dont know. I’m looking forward to the next concert, and now they take longer to arrive, I can tell you. “
Asner is survived by his four children, Matthew, Liza and Kate, whom he shared with his ex-wife. Nancy sykes – and Charles – whom he shared with his former partner Carol Jean Vogelman.