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Ed Asner, Voice of Carl Fredricksen from Disney’s “Up”, Dies at Age 91

Sad news to share as we’ve learned the famous American actor, Ed Asner, has died at the age of 91. Asner was well known for his many years as a character actor in series television but then made it big as the tough-talking TV newsroom head Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Throughout his acting career, Asner picked up a massive seven Emmy awards. Many of us Disney fans know Asner’s voice as the grumpy old man, Carl Fredricksen, in Disney/Pixar’s 2009 film, Up. Mr. Fredricksen may have been cranky, but by the end of the film you learn quickly he has a soft spot for Russel, Dug, and even Kevin.

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Ed Asner (Photo Credit: Variety.com)

As reported by Variety: “Seven-time Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant on both sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and hourlong drama “Lou Grant” before a late-career rejuvenation through his poignant voicework in 2009 animated film “Up,” has died. He was 91. His publicist confirmed the news to Variety, writing that he died on Sunday surrounded by family.

Asner’s official Twitter account posted a message from his family, saying “We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.”

Variety goes on to share: “Asner had worked for many years as a character actor in series television and movies before hitting paydirt and stardom as the tough-talking TV newsroom head Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which brought him three supporting actor Emmys. When the sitcom called it quits, he returned as the same character in a harder-hitting hourlong series, which earned him two leading actor Emmys and a total of five noms. The actor picked up two additional Emmys for his work on the miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots,” and won a total of seven. More recently he appeared on “Grace & Frankie,” “Cobra Kai” and provided voices for “American Dad!”

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Carl Fredricksen (Photo Credit: Reddit.com)

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Asner is survived by four children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Asner family as they go through this difficult time. His work in the television and film industry won’t be forgotten.

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We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and runDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. There isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 18 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family, we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.