Emmy-winning Actor + Comedian Louie Anderson Dies at Age 68!
Louie Anderson, whose more than four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets,” died Friday. He was 68…
CelebnMusic247.com and CelebnHealth247.com report that Anderson died on Friday in a Las Vegas hospital at the age of 68, his publicist Glenn Schwartz, confirmed.
According to his publicist, Louie experienced complications from cancer, had a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The comedian and actor, mostly known for his stand-up, was nominated several times and won an Emmy in 2016 for his role as Christine Baskets in the FX series Baskets.
Louie Anderson History:
Anderson won a 2016 Emmy for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Christine Baskets, mother to twins played by Zach Galifianakis. Anderson received three consecutive Emmy nods for his performance.
In 2018, he told CBS’ “Sunday Morning” he took the part seriously. Anderson grew up the 10th of 11 children in a housing project in St. Paul, Minnesota – a sweet-and-sour stew, he called it. His mom was sweet; his dad, an abusive alcoholic, was sour.
“You know, the great thing about my mom was she protected us,” Anderson told correspondent Lee Cowan. “She took all the brunt, and this is such a great repay, and tribute. I get to pay her back.”
In 2019, Anderson told CBS Local he never felt closer to his mother, the late Ora Zella Anderson.
“I think she could have been president. I think she was one of those people who could have been anything and, you know, to me she was everything,” Anderson said.
He was a familiar face elsewhere on TV, including as host of a revival of the game show “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002, and on comedy specials and in frequent late-night talk show appearances.
Anderson voiced an animated version of himself as a kid in “Life With Louie.” He created the cartoon series, which first aired in prime time in late 1994 before moving to Saturday morning for its 1995-98 run. Anderson won two Daytime Emmy Awards for the role.
He made guest appearances in several TV series, including “Scrubs” and “Touched by an Angel,” and was on the big screen in 1988?s “Coming to America” and in last year’s sequel to the Eddie Murphy comedy.
Anderson’s books included “Dear Dad: Letters from an Adult Child,” a collection of letters from Anderson to his late father; “Goodbye Jumbo… Hello Cruel World,” a self-help book, and “The F Word, How to Survive Your Family.”
His book “Hey Mom,” published in 2018, was a tribute to the wisdom imparted by his mother and how-to tips on facing life’s challenges.