Ed Asner Star, winner of a record seven Emmy awards, has died at age 91

He won three of his seven Emmys for playing the character, and is one of only two actors to win a Comedy and Drama Emmy for the same role in a variety show.

Ed Asner Star, winner of a record seven Emmy awards, has died at age 91
Ed Asner Star

American television actor Ed Asner, winner of a record seven Emmy Awards, has died at the age of 91, his family said on Sunday. His family wrote on the actor's Twitter account, "We are saddened to say that our dear Vice Chancellor passed away peacefully this morning.

The sadness we feel cannot be expressed in words." "With a kiss on your head - goodnight father. We love you." His publicist said Asner died of natural causes. Asner originally made a name for himself playing newsroom boss Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the iconic sitcom that ran from 1970 to 1977, and then later in a spinoff show centered on his character.He won three of his seven Emmys for playing the character, and is one of only two actors to win a Comedy and Drama Emmy for the same role in a variety show.

Asner himself won a new generation of fans with his portrayal of widower Carl Frederickson in the 2009 animated film Up: Widower Carl Frederickson, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

In the film, Asner voices a hardened old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies her to South America to satisfy his late wife's desire for adventure.

Edward Asner was born on November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri. The youngest of five children, he worked at his high school newspaper – playing an editor on the small screen – and played football.

As an adult, he worked on an auto-assembly line, although he said in a 1973 interview that he had dreams of seeing South America – again predicting a future character – or Alaska. He served in the army before finally making his way into acting.

He appeared in a series of Off-Broadway plays, television shows, and movies before getting his big break with The Mary Tyler Moore Show.A moderate activist, he participated in protests in support of labor unions and against the death penalty. He also served two terms as the President of the Screen Actors Guild.