Death of Ed Asner, US TV star and voice of Carl Fredricksen for Pixar Up there
Almost 60 years of activity, dozens of roles on the small screen and one recognizable voice – the grumpy Carl Fredricksen from “Up” was him! -, Ed Asner died after a thriving career. He was 91 years old.
Ed Asner is one of the most prolific American actors. Born in 1929, the actor has gone through the years, appearing in many feature films and a lot of series and TV movies. Still active in 2017, Asner, in addition to being a tireless worker, remains a committed player.
A committed man
He was notably the president of the Screen Actors Guild between 1981 and 1985, fervently defending actors and artists. The American is also a staunch defender of human rights, the environment and political independence.
Asner rose to fame in the 1970s with his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He will continue to play this character in the spin-off, Lou Grant, from 77 to 1982. His career began in the late 1950s, taking off in the 1960s with appearances in cult series such as The Untouchables, The Invaders. , Mission Impossible or The Mysteries of the West.
In 1991, he lent his features to FBI agent Guy Banister in Oliver Stone’s JFK. The actor also invests a lot in the dubbing of cartoons; it is, in particular, him who doubles Roland Daggett in the animated series Batman of 92 and J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man, the animated of 94. In 1998, he meets Mulder and Scully in episode 6 of season 6 of X-Files, The Cursed Lovers.
The voice of Carl Fredricksen
Ed Asner never stops and multiplies the roles during the 2000s, especially as a dubbing actor (The Griffins, The New Adventures of Spider-Man, Justice League Unlimited…) It is also him who doubles Fredricksen, the grumpy and endearing grandpa from Up there (2009). The actor then continues to play the guest role in successful series like Hawaii Five-O, The Good Wife and Criminal Minds.
As for the cinema, Asner was directed by Sydney Pollack in Thirty minutes of reprieve, Sidney Lumet in Daniel or Blake Edwards in Peter Gunn, special detective. Still in business at the age of 87, Asner continues to be very prolific, whether on TV or in dubbing. Note that the legendary actor won 7 Emmy Awards and 5 Golden Globes during his career.