Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant on both sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and hourlong drama “Lou Grant” before a late-career rejuvenation through his poignant voicework in 2009 animated film “Up,” has died. He was 91. https://t.co/bxLVnr6plm— Variety (@Variety) August 29, 2021
The beloved actor worked for years in stage and television guest roles before landing the role of Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970, which role he would played for the next twelve years over the course of that series and its spinoff Lou Grant, winning five Emmys (in both the comedy and drama categories). His other live-action work included another Emmy-winning turn in the seminal TV miniseries Roots and as Santa Claus in 2003's Elf.
The later years of his life saw him carve out a prolific career as a voice actor. On film he was Carl in Pixar's Up. On television, all 1990s kids will remember his voice, if not necessarily that it was him providing it, as J. Jonah Jameson on Spider-Man: The Animated Series (he would return to the Spidey franchise in the mid-2000s as the voice of Uncle Ben in the tragically short-lived The Spectacular Spider-Man) and Hudson on Gargoyles. He is set to reprise the role of Carl in the posthumously-released Dug Days animated series.