Ed Asner, the voice of Carl in Pixar’s Up, has died ‘peacefully’ at the age of 81.
Ed Asner, the hero of hit films such as Pixar’s Up and the Christmas classic Elf, died at the age of 81.
Ed Asner, the legendary actor, passed away today at the age of 91. Elf, Pixar’s UP, and Lou Grant are just a few of the films and TV shows in which the actor has appeared.
On Twitter, Asner’s children confirmed the tragedy, saying that their father had “gone away quietly” this morning.
“We regret to inform you that our dear grandpa passed away peacefully this morning,” they said.
“Words are inadequate to communicate our grief. Goodnight, dad, with a kiss on the cheek. “We adore you.”
With credits in films like Christmas hit Elf – in which he played Santa Claus – and Pixar award-winner Up, the Mary Tyler Moore Star was the most awarded male performer in Emmy history.
He also starred in the TV spin-off Lou Grant, becoming one of the few actors to appear in both a comedy and a drama series.
Cobra Kai, American Dad, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The Good Wife were among Asner’s many TV appearances.
Fans began paying tribute almost afterwards, with one saying, “Been following him for so long, he seemed like part of all our families.” Sincere condolences on your loss.”
“Deepest sympathies to the family & all who mourn his loss,” said another. Many of us are heartbroken to learn of this.”
“Thoughts of strength and comfort are being sent your way. Take comfort in the fact that he was and will continue to be adored and remembered fondly by so many,” a third commented.
“He said he wanted to be remembered as a person who made the world a better place,” someone else wrote. He will undoubtedly be. Mr. Asner, may you rest in peace and thank you for the memories.”
“Along with you, my heart breaks. Thank you for sharing your father with us for so many years,” says the author. A fifth social media user added to the conversation.
Asner was born in Kansas City on November 15, 1929, and began his acting career on stage.
He was the youngest of five children and attended Wyandotte High School, where he was the editor of the school newspaper in his early years.
Asner went on to attend the University of Chicago for two years before joining the Army.
When he returned to Chicago, he joined the Playwrights Theater with Paul Sills. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”