Poker Enthusiast, Iconic Actor Ed Asner Passes Away at 91
Ed Asner, one of the all-time legends of television, and an avid poker fan, passed away Sunday. The man who famously played Lou Grant during the 1970s on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” was 91.
Born on November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, the late Tv star became one particular of the most respected celebrities in Hollywood for decades. He was a charitable man and former president of the Screen Actors Guild. Outdoors the poker neighborhood, he was recognized for his political activism, philanthropy, and his numerous roles on tv and in the movies.
Ed Asner the Poker Philanthropist
Inside the poker neighborhood, he was also known for his annual charity poker occasion — the Ed Asner & Friends Celebrity Poker Night. The yearly tournament, which featured several higher-profile celebrities and poker pros, helped raise money for the Ed Asner Family Center, a a single-stop shop for neurodivergent folks and their households looking for wholeness in all attitudes of life.
In June, the ninth annual Ed Asner & Pals Celebrity Poker evening took place on the web for the second straight year due to COVID-19. Poker pro Maria Ho and former pro Phil Gordon hosted the 2021 charity event. Celebrities such as Brad Garrett and Rosie O’Donnell, two of Asner’s close pals, were amongst the competitors.
Asner utilised poker to support raise cash for the causes near and dear to his heart simply because he had a passion for the game. In June, Asner’s son, Matt Asner, told PokerNews in an interview that he discovered to play poker from his dad and that “my dad was such a poker fan then I saw it as a way to get closer to him so I picked it up and asked him to support me discover it.”
Provided their shared love of poker, Matt Asner said they created the Ed Asner & Buddies Celebrity Poker Night as a way for him to perform on a fundraising project with his father.
“It was essential to us that we produce an occasion that had a clear social element to it and that was desirable to each players and non-players alike,” Matt Asner stated.
To the mainstream globe, the late actor will forever be remembered for his role as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” one particular of the most iconic television shows in the 1970s. He passed away Sunday in Los Angeles where he resided, surrounded by his loved ones, CNN reports.