Ed Asner was an iconic figure in Hollywood. The celebrated actor, who originally rose to prominence as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, sadly passed away on August 29, 2021. Many actors who worked with Ed Asner over his long and legendary career immediately took to social media to share their condolences with his family, along with fond memories of the iconic actor. That definitely includes the cast and crew of Netflix’s Karate Kid spin-off series Cobra Kai, on which the actor delivered one of his most visible final roles.
The recipient of seven Emmy Awards outside of his Cobra Kai involvement, Ed Asner guest-starred in Seasons 1 and 3 of the martial arts dramedy as Johnny Lawrence’s stepfather Sid Weinberg. Asner’s onscreen stepson William Zabka, who also played Johnny Lawrence in the original Karate Kid films, shared a heartfelt message on Twitter in honor of Ed Asner:
William Zabka certainly wasn’t the only member of the Cobra Kai family to mourn Ed Asner’s passing. In a statement given to Deadline, series creators Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald, and Jon Hurwitz shared some fond memories of the departed star:
The Cobra Kai creators also revealed their initial determination to cast Ed Asner in the role of Sid Weinberg. They claimed that the Lou Grant actor was the only choice for the part, even from the very beginning, saying:
It was also revealed that the upcoming fourth season of Cobra Kai will most likely include some sort of tribute to Ed Asner, though it's not clear how that will play out. Season 4 already wrapped filming, and while it’s possible a new scene or two could be added to explain the absence of Sid Weinberg, it's more likely that it'll be an R.I.P. placard before or after an episode. With the outpouring of love from the Cobra Kai team, there’s no doubt that Ed Asner was well-loved and immensely respected, and fans no doubt feel the loss just as hard.
From everyone here at CinemaBlend, our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ed Asner.
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