Actor Ed Asner, famous for his work on the sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and film such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Hour,” has died. He was 91.
According to TMZ, he passed away at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday morning from natural causes.
Asner’s long career in show business started in theater and went on to include work on Broadway, movies, TV and radio, as well as a successful long-term partnership with the legendary actor Walter Matthau on the series “Lou Grant,” which ran from 1976 to 1982 on ABC.
He was known for both his acting and his philanthropy. Asner has been an activist in the LGBT community for many years and in 2015, made headlines for spearheading a campaign against House Republicans for voting against the Equality Act. In 1995, he also wrote a book titled “The Best Friend in the Library: The Love, Laughter, and Life of Ed Asner.”
His work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America also earned him widespread acclaim. As the movie website IMDb says, “Asner appeared in a host of memorable characters for the organization, lending his big voice to hundreds of children.”