Actor and activist Ed Asner has died. I remember when I first saw the Mary Tyler Moore show that he played a stereotypical gruff, angry man. Over time, the character grew and showed he had a heart, while still being gruff. I was amazed when the Lou Grant show spun off as a drama. I could not think of another example where a situation comedy had spun off a drama. He was a good enough actor to make the transition.
The whole family loved Up.
Asner served in the Army during the Korean War. He was always interested in politics, serving twice as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. He later fought the merger with AFTRA. He spoke of clashing with John Wayne during the production of Howard Hawks' El Dorado.