ABMA Mourns the Loss of Ed Asner

Mon August 30, 2021

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Ed Asner, the legendary actor known for his role as the crusty, loveable boss Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died at the age of 91.

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In 2017 he was featured in the ABMA 100th Anniversary documentary Brushmaking in America 1917 - 2017. A Manufacturing Love Story. To watch the documentary please clink on, or copy and paste the link below:


More recently, he was featured in Elf as Santa Claus and in the movie Up as the equally crusty, lovable voice of Carl Fredricksen.

"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 wrote on Twitter.

Asner won seven Emmys, five of them playing Lou Grant, and the other two as a German immigrant in Rich Man, Poor Man, and as the sea captain in Roots.

His character of Mary Tyler Moore's boss was so popular that Asner played the same role in a spinoff show titled Lou Grant -- two of his Emmys came from the show in 1978 and 1980.

In addition to his acting career, Asner was the president of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms from 1981-1985.