Ed Asner was taken by ambulance to a hospital Tuesday night after appearing disoriented during his sold-out show “FDR” in Gary, Indiana, the Los Angeles Times reported on March 13. The “Mary Tyler Moore Show” star reportedly was suffering from exhaustion.
The 83-year-old actor has been performing his one-man show “FDR” for the past 3 ½ years which has involved traveling around the country. Asner reportedly taught an acting class before taking the stage Tuesday night. The show started 45 minutes late and Asner only made it 15 minutes into his performance before medical personnel helped him off the stage. He was having difficulty remembering his lines and appeared to be confused.
Asner’s son Matt commented on his father’s condition, "What I can say is that it was not a stroke. That much we do know." He added that his dad was “grumpy” which was a good sign.
Asner is well known for his role as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1970-1977 and “Lou Grant” from 1977-1982. He won Emmy awards for his performances on both shows. For this he’s earned the distinction of being the only actor who has won the Emmy award for playing the same role in a sitcom and a drama.
Asner’s hospitalization comes on the heels of the announcement that Valerie Harper, his co-star on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has terminal brain cancer.