Actor Ed Asner, Star of ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ ‘Lou Grant’ Dies at Age 91: Family

Ed Asner, who played a gruff newsman for laughs and for drama in the classic TV series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff “Lou Grant” in the 1970s and 1980s and was honored with seven Emmy Awards, died on Sunday at age 91, his family said. Asner, whose diverse credits also included a key voice role in the acclaimed 2009 animated film “Up,” died at his home surrounded by his family, his publicist told media outlets. His family confirmed the death on the actor’s Twitter feed, writing, “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,” his family said. Asner was integral to the success of the situation comedy “Mary Tyler Moore,” which ran on CBS from 1970 to 1977 and boasted one of the …

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