Ed Asner (died August 29th, aged 91)
Ed Asner died of natural causes at his home in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 29th. Asner’s official Twitter account confirmed the news with a post from his family, saying: “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.”
A seven-time Emmy-winning actor, Asner famously played the role of Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same character in both a comedy and a drama series. On the movie front, Asner portrayed Bart Jason in the 1966 Western film El Dorado, Santa in the 2003 Christmas movie Elf, and voiced Carl Fredricksen in the Disney/Pixar animated flick Up.