Monday, August 30, 2021

Saying goodbye to the brilliant Ed Asner

 Ed Asner, actor, activist, audio book narrator, and much more, has passed away peacefully at the age of 91 with his family by his side.

He was best known for his role as boss man Lou Grant on the much Emmy awarded Mary Tyler Moore show, based in a TV news station in Minneapolis. Mr. Grant was gruff, straight forward, grouchy, argumentative, no nonsense, and sometimes warm a puppy. (Sounds a lot like my late Dad). A good number of folks may not know Ed Asner had success on TV before he took the role of Lou Grant on MTM. The bond he had onscreen with his talented castmates was undeniable. What an ensemble! Ed went on to do a spin off drama in 1977-"Lou Grant."

Mr. Asner was  a terrific audio book narrator and taught classes in L.A. with Pat Fraley of TV cartoon fame. Even though I don't specialize in audio book narration, I was tempted to enroll in one of the weekend classes just to meet him in person and have him critique my work. How cool that would have been.

Ed was part of one of the funniest TV moments - "Chuckles Bites the Dust." You can see and hear a clip of it here. You may have tears coming down your eyes when you're done watching it. Grab some tissue!

Hear Mr. Asner  narrate  books found on Audible. That's here.

Job well done sir. R.I.P.


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