Actor Ed Asner, an American television legend, has died

“We regret to report that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning in peace. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. Good night father. We love you. ”, Said the actor’s family on social networks.

Asner was the most awarded male performer in Emmys history with seven wins, five of them for playing Lou Grant; He was also nominated 11 times for the Golden Globes, winning five.

Throughout his life he also shone as the protagonist of “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1976), and in “Roots” (1977), where he played a supporting role.

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The son of immigrants, Asner took his first steps as an interpreter in various radio programs, then at the University of Chicago he participated in different theatrical productions.

After a hiatus for military service, he returned to Chicago and was one of the founders of the Playwrights Theater Club; then he moved to New York, where he continued his theatrical career, and later to Los Angeles, where he began his television career.

Asner had his big break in 1970, in the popular series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, where he played Lou Grant, head of a local television network; He won three Emmy Awards (1971, 1972 and 1975) and the character was so popular that it led to another series with which he won two more Emmy Awards, in 1978 and 1980.

He was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in 1981 and used his position, which he held until 1985, as a way to express his political views. His most public agenda was his fight to obstruct the participation of the United States government in Central America, particularly in El Salvador.

His political activity coincided with the cancellation of Lou Grant, his television career continued during the 80s and 90s, and times when he did work as a voice actor in series and animated films.

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