Actor and icon Ed Asner has passed at the age of 91.
Asner was a fixture of television - I remember him on reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show when I was a kid, just like everyone else. But he was massively prolific. In no way do I identify Asner with a specific role or era. He simply was a fact of entertainment.
The most surprising role I saw him take was as the voice of Granny Goodness on Superman: The Animated Series. I still remember watching the cartoon when Jamie was in the hospital and her mom was reading a magazine, and she looked up at the TV and said "is that a guy voicing that woman?" and I said "that's Ed Asner" and she put down her magazine and took in some Fourth World mayhem.
He had some kind of relationship with comics and sci-fi, because he also voiced Daggett on Batman: The Animated Series, as well as voices on Spider-Man, Freakazoid and certainly Disney's Gargoyles. The last thing I saw him in was in Season 2 of Doom Patrol.
But the man played everything, up to and including Santa Claus in holiday staple Elf. Just one of those actors that when he showed up, we'd be pointing at the TV and saying "is that Ed Asner!?" Always good, always spot on in whatever he did, and seemed like a delight of a man.
I'm very sorry to see him go.