Remembering Ed Asner

1929-2021

We’ve lost a beloved member of our family.

Ed Asner was a founding member of The L.A. Theatre Works Classic Acting Company, along with Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason and 33 other celebrated actors, and went on to star in over 30 LATW productions. He first appeared as the title character in Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt, a 14-hour epic that marked the company’s first full-cast audio recording in 1987. His last role, although brief, was a memorable turn as a cantankerous government official in Jeanne Sakata’s For Us All earlier this year.

In those shows, and in all the others in between, Ed brought his commanding voice, his huge heart and his laugh-out-loud humor to every character he inhabited.

We would never have become L.A. Theatre Works without you, Ed. We love you and we’ll miss you.

 

Listen Now

 

You can stream three of Ed Asner's great LATW performances below. 

Hear him as Branch Rickey urging Jackie Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier in Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting; as creationist William Jennings Bryan arguing against teaching evolution in The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial; and as crusading Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers.