Actor, producer, director Ed Asner dies at 91 Ed Asner, best known for playing Lou Grant in the sitcom M*A*S*H, died on Sunday after a battle with pneumonia. He was 91. Asner died in his sleep surrounded by his family in Seattle. Over the years, the actor won several Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as the gruff but loquacious, yet incredibly loyal, business manager to an Air Force veteran in the popular TV
series, M*A*S*H. The show ran for 12 seasons from 1972 to 1983. The Emmy-nominated actor also created and starred in two other television series as Lou Grant; A Gift from the Sea and Lou Grant. Asner also appeared in several films, including the Tom Hanks-Rob Reiner comedy film Steel Magnolias. But he’s perhaps best known for playing bigoted janitor Lou Grant on the iconic CBS television series M*A*S*H. The character
helped make the workplace comedy one of the longest-running sitcoms of all time. The series holds a Guinness World Record as the longest-running American television series of all time. Through his retirement, Asner worked to help the homeless, a cause he was dedicated to over the years. He started the Ed Asner Foundation and supported many causes that have worked for ending homelessness. Asner is survived by his wife
Marion, their five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.