Famous American actor Ed Asner passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 91. He was the winner of five Golden Globes and seven Emmy Awards, had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, starred in more than 300 movies and TV series. He came mostly to fame for his role as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and in the spin–off of that series “Lou Grant”, in which he represented the editor-in-chief of “Los Angeles Tribune”And that achieved historic tuning records. However, his position of solidarity with Cuba and progressive causes is less known (or is intended to hide).
One of the flags he embraced was the demand for the release of the five Cubans who, since 1998, have been prisoners in the United States for years. They were detained at the time they were carrying out, for the Security of the State of Cuba, infiltration work in Miami organizations that planned and carried out terrorist actions against the Island. There was a huge international mobilization demanding their freedom and the case inspired the film ” La Red Avispa ”, starring Penélope Cruz, Ana de Armas and Gael García, among others.
One of these five Cubans, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, today national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) and Hero of the Republic of Cuba, wrote about the death of the actor on social networks: “The Five of us knew him well, because when the night was darkest for us and when few dared to mix his name with that of ‘five Cuban spies’, Ed Asner, like Danny Glover and others, swam against the current, abandoned the money side, and became on the side of justice ”supporting the cause of his release. He added: “The example of Ed Asner reminds us that the apostle (José Martí) was right: when there are many men without decorum, there are always others who have in themselves the decorum of many men.”
In his long professional career, in 1965 Asner was an actor in the series “El Fugitivo”; in 1977 he was part of the cast of the mythical miniseries “Raíces”; voiced JJ Jameson, the editor of the Daily Bugle, in the television series “Spiderman” (1994) and was the voice of Ben Parker, uncle of Peter Parker, civil identity of the superhero, in the series “The Spectacular Spiderman” (2008).
In 1999 he joined the cast of “The Bachelor” as Sid Gluckman, Jimmie’s father, which starred Chris O’Donnell. In 2002, he gave life to Cardinal Angelo Roncalli, in the series “John XXIII: the Pope of Peace.” The following year, he was Santa Claus in the movie “Elf” (The Duende), which starred Will Ferrell.
In 2009 he voiced the beloved widower Carl Fredricksen in “Up”, a film by the Walt Disney factory, which was the winner of two Oscars, also received a nomination for best film at said award, received two Golden Globes in the categories for Best Animated Film and Best Soundtrack, and was acclaimed by global critics.
In March 2013, she was a guest star on the remake of the iconic television series “Hawaii Five – 0”, where he played Agust March, a role that he had played in the original series of 1989. In 2014 he participated in the cast of the movie “The Inventor of Games” and in 2018 he played Sid, Johnny’s rich stepfather in the series “Cobra Kai,” based on the “The Karate Kid” franchise.
As recalled in the CubaCine Portal: “In addition to the fame and recognition he had as an actor, Asner used the visibility of his profession to support progressive and left-wing causes. He stood up to Ronald Reagan, fought against US support for Latin American dictators, and in his role as two-term president of the Screen Actors Guild, he strongly opposed US government policies in Central America and worked closely with the Alliance. for Survival ”, coalition for peace and the environment.
“He was also active in the movement to free the African-American journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, sentenced first to the death penalty and then to life imprisonment,” he said. Likewise, “he supported the campaign to impose California One Care, which strengthened public health, and for this he even created a television advertisement. During 2008, he supported Barack Obama in his presidential election ”, and was a member of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and its successive entity, Democratic Socialists of America, a left-wing current of the Democratic Party of the United States.
In addition, “he was part of the Entertainment Board of Directors and the Survivor Mitzvah Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the elderly and poor who managed to survive the Nazi Holocaust in Eastern Europe. He was also a member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization to defend freedom of thought among comic creators persecuted for the content of their work ”, and was a director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, created by the children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg , executed after being accused of “Soviet spies”, to contribute funds “to the children of political activists deprived of their jobs and the means to earn a living.”
Other works of solidarity by Asner were the support for Humane Borders, an Arizona organization that works to maintain water tanks in the Sonoran desert for the use of undocumented migrants; and the creation in 2017 of the Ed Asner Family Center to provide young people with vocational counseling and help their families.
“Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says that when he was making his first film, ‘Roger and Me,’ he was completely underfunded and wrote to several famous people asking for help. Only one answered: Ed Asner, and wrote to him saying that his project sounded like a great movie. ” Moore also acknowledged, in a heartfelt note he posted on his Facebook wall, that Asner confessed to him at some point: “Look, it’s never been easy in the United States to speak out against the status quo. I’m not going to stop now ”.
Havana, August 31, 2021.
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