louis anderson, whose four-decade career as comedian and actor included his unlikely Emmy-winning performance as mother of two adult sons on the television series “Baskets,” died Friday. He was 68 years old.
Anderson died at a Las Vegas hospital from complications of cancersaid Glenn Schwartz, his longtime publicist. Anderson had a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Schwartz said previously.
Anderson, stocky and round-faced, used his corpulence and his troubled childhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota, as material for his first monologue routines.
Later, his life as one of 11 children in a family headed by a troubled father and a devoted mother became a source of reflection and inspiration for Anderson, both in his work on screen and in his best-selling books.
In 2016, Won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for her portrayal of Christine Baskets, mother of the twins played by Zach Galifianakis, in the series of fx “Baskets”. Anderson, who received three consecutive Emmy nominations for the role, attributed elements of the character to his mother.
He was a familiar face on other TV shows, like the game show revival “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002, and on comedy specials and frequent appearances on late-night talk shows.
Anderson voiced a animated version of himself as a child in “Life With Louie”. He was the creator of the cartoon series, which first aired in prime time in late 1994, before moving to Saturday mornings from 1995 to 1998. Anderson won two Daytime Emmy Awards for your paper.
He appeared as a guest in several television series, such as “Scrubs” and “Touched by an Angel”, and on the big screen in “Coming to America” from 1988 and in the sequel to last year’s Eddie Murphy comedy. Anderson also toured regularly with his stand-up number.
Anderson’s early jobs included counseling troubled children. Changed course after winning a Midwestern comedy contest in 1981, where he was noticed by veteran comedian Henny Youngman, who was hosting the contest, according to Schwartz.
Anderson worked as a screenwriter for Youngman and later gained stage experience while touring the United States. His big break came in 1984, when Johnny Carson, known for showcasing up-and-coming comedians on “The Tonight Show,” invited him to perform.
His books include “Dear Dad – Letters From An Adult Child,” a collection of letters from Anderson to his late father; “Good-bye Jumbo… Hello Cruel World,” a self-help book, and “The F Word, How To Survive Your Family.”
Her book “Hey Mom”, published in 2018, was a tribute to the wisdom imparted by her mother and advice on how to face life’s challenges.
(With information from AP)
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