Ed Asner: Photos Of The Actor By: Farrah Julin 1 of 6 Ed Asner Moviestore/Shutterstock Ed Asner, who won over television audiences while portraying the gruff Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the eponymous spin-off, sadly passed away in August 2021 at the age of 91. The actor, whose career spanned over six-decades, won over a new generation of fans by voicing the grumpy character of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up in 2009. More than a decade after that heartbreaking film hit the big screen, fans are mourning again, as Ed sadly died. Yitzhak Edward Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Jewish Russian-born parents. After growing up in an Orthodox Jewish family, Ed enrolled in the University of Chicago, where he acted in several stage productions. Following a stint in the U.S Army, 1951-53, he returned to Chicago where he helped found the Playwrights Theatre Club. After heading to Los Angeles, following a stint in New York City where he honed his chops on Off-Broadway roles, Ed pursued a career in television acting. His big break came in 1970, when he was cast Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In 1977, Ed’s character was given his own show, Lou Grant. While the original show was a comedy about television news, Lou Grant was a drama about newspaper journalism, and Ed is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award for playing the same role in a sitcom and a drama. Scroll through the gallery for pics of Ed throughout his career. August 29, 2021, 2:37PM 2 of 6 ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Courtesy Everett Collection ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ stars Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Mary Tyler Moore, and Ted Knight pose for a press photo. August 29, 2021, 2:37PM 3 of 6 Ed Asner In Elf ©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Evere Will Ferrell and Ed Asner in the 2003 film Elf. He portrayed Santa in the iconic Christmas film. August 29, 2021, 2:37PM 4 of 6 Betty White & Ed Asner ©NBC/Courtesy Everett Collectio Betty White and Ed Asner are all smiles in 2013. The longtime friends and co-stars had been appearing on screen together for decades. August 29, 2021, 2:37PM 5 of 6 Ed Asner in 2010 Shutterstock / Featureflash Phot Ed Asner at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood. He looked dapper in a suit at the March 7, 2010 event. August 29, 2021, 2:37PM 6 of 6 Ed Asner & Niecy Nash Shutterstock / Kathy Hutchins Ed Asner posed with Niecy Nash as she was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He appeared in a grey suit at the July 11, 2018 event Los Angeles, California. August 29, 2021, 2:37PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.