Actor Ed Asner passed away peacefully Sunday morning (29 August 2021 surrounded by family, it has been announced. He was 91.
The former president of the Screen Actors Guild, Asner is best known to Disney fans for his role as widower Carl Fredricksen who flies his house to Paradise Falls in the Pixar Animation Studios 2009 film Up.
Asner is also known for playing fictional newspaper editor Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s and Santa Claus in Will Ferrell’s 2003 film Elf.
Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1929, almost became a newsman in real life. He studied journalism at the University of Chicago until a professor told him there was little money to be made in the profession.
He quickly switched to drama, debuting as the martyred Thomas Becket in a campus production of TS Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral.
He dropped out of university , going to work as a taxi driver and other jobs before being drafted in 1951 where he served with the US Army Signal Corps in France.