Ed Asner, 83, hospitalized for exhaustion after health scare on stage
Ed Asner, an 83-year-old alum of the series "Mary Tyler Moore," who also portrayed an elderly hero in Disney-Pixar's "Up," is currently hospitalized after cutting short a performance of his one-man show, "FDR," in Indiana.
The seven-time Emmy-winning actor was treated for exhaustion at a hospital near Chicago and is expected to be released on Wednesday, March 13, his rep told OTRC.com.
Asner also posted a message on Twitter, saying: "Reports of my imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. They tell me I am suffering from exhaustion. Thanks for the good wishes!"
The actor, who plays former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had on Tuesday struggled with his lines and appeared to have difficulty speaking on stage at the Marquette Pavilion in the town of Gary, audience members told the Chicago Sun Times' Post-Tribune. Emergency medical workers then helped Asner off the stage about 15 minutes after the start of the show, which began 45 minutes late, the outlet said.
"While performing his one-man show 'FDR' in Gary, Indiana last night, Ed Asner had to be taken off stage due to exhaustion and is resting comfortably at a Chicago-area hospital and is expected to be released later today," his spokesperson told OTRC.com on Wednesday.
The actor had been performing the show for more than three years in more than 100 cities and has several more dates scheduled, the rep added. No cancellations have been announced.
The Chicago Sun Times' Post Tribune had also reported that several hours prior to Tuesday's performance, Asner had conducted a "spirited" acting class at a high school in Gary.
Asner began his on-screen acting career more than 55 years ago. He won three Emmys for his role as Lou Grant on the "Mary Tyler Moore" show, which aired between 1970 and 1977 and starred Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper, who has recently made headlines over a devastating diagnosis of terminal brain cancer (Check out OTRC.com's EXCLUSIVE interview with Valerie Harper).
Harper had several days ago appeared on the syndicated daytime series "The Doctors" to talk about her ailment. Asner phoned in. The two latter chatted publicly on Twitter.
"@TheOnlyEdAsner my darling, I'm going to share in that optimism of yours! Love your surprising phone call on The Doctors!" she Tweeted.
"@ValerieHarper I love talking to you and will do it more my sweets!" Asner replied.
Ed Asner's acting career: "Mary Tyler Moore" spin-off, "Up"
In addition to "Mary Tyler Moore," Asner also won two Emmys for his leading role in the spin-off "Lou Grant." He also won Emmys for his performances in the miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Roots."
In 2009, Asner portrayed Carl Fredricksen, an elderly man who vows to honor his late wife's last wish, in Disney-Pixar's heartwarming animated film "Up." He has done voiceover work in cartoons in the past as well. He portrayed J. Jonah Jameson on "Spider-Man" and Hoggish Greedly and other characters in "Captain Planet and the Planeteers." He was nominated for Daytime Emmys for both shows.
In recent years, Asner guest starred on shows such as CBS' "Hawaii Five-0," ABC's "The Middle" and TV Land's "Hot In Cleveland." He recently filmed three episodes of the A&E series "The Glades," which will air during the upcoming fourth season.
"He's been going a million miles a minute", his rep told OTRC.com, regarding Asner's acting career.