You may know Ed Asner as the voice of J Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Carl in Pixar’s Up, or Ed Wuncler in The Boondocks.
An accomplished actor both as a voice artist and on the screen, he was best known for his work in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Roots and Rich Man Poor Man.
But his accomplishments off screen are worth highlighting. Asner was president of the Screen Actors Guild and committed socialist, fighting for worker rights throughout his life despite its effect on his personal career.
His activism was widespread, including campaigning and supporting healthcare, free speech rights to comic book creators, providing emergency aid to elderly and impoverished Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe, wildlife conservation, specialised education for those on the autism spectrum, and providing water for undocumented migrants to prevent deaths by dehydration and exposure.
I am glad that we could spend so much time enjoying his work. He will be missed but his impact will still be felt for years to come.
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