• Hiromi Rueda

The Legacy of Ed Asner

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Ed Asner was an American actor who had sadly passed away on August 29th, 2021. He was 91 years old when he passed, born November 15th, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the father of four children Mathew Asner, Charles Edward Vogelman, Kate Asner, Liza Asner. From the beginning, Asner knew he wanted to become an actor. He went on his chosen career path in college and appeared in many productions at the University of Chicago. Asner was given so many awards and gained recognition for his best performances. He received two Golden Globe Awards for best performance actor in a TV drama and best supporting actor in another series. He also received four Emmy Awards, all of which were for his best performance as a lead role, and supporting role.
A character you may know as is Carl Fredricksen from the Disney Pixar movie “Up”. “Up” is a movie about how Mr. Fredricksen loses the love of his life and is about to lose his house to the big city. Asner played a grumpy, old man who takes a trip in a house tied to a bunch of balloons with a little stowaway child named Russell. In this movie, Carl is grieving the loss of his wife and has an adventure in which he learns to finally let go of his past. Asner had many iconic roles such as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s that allowed him to create his image and build his platform. Another role he played was Santa Claus in the movie, “Elf”, along with other Christmas movies such as “The Christmas Star” where he played the character Horace McNickle. His last role was playing as Carl Fredricksen one last time in “Dug’s Special Mission” on Disney plus. Asner had only died a few days before its release.
Asner lived a long and beautiful life with ups and downs but at the end of it he was successful. He lived his life till his last breath. He gives us amazing roles filled with laughter, sadness, and many more emotions. It's only fair to remember him in return for all that he did for us. Asner will go down in history as one of the greatest actors. May Ed Asner rest in peace. Thank you for your many roles.

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