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Comic, Actor Louie Anderson, 68, Dies After Battle with Cancer, Won Emmy Award for “Baskets”

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Comedy great and Emmy Award winning actor Louie Anderson has died in Las Vegas at age 68. He had cancer.

Anderson was a comedy staple on TV and the stand up circuit through the 80s. He was very popular on TV but also had a kind of cult following. But his biggest success didn’t happen until recently, in 2016, when he took the role of Christine, the matriarch of an eccentric family, in FX’s tragicom, “Baskets.”

Anderson played the role straight, so to speak, with such dignity and comportment that he won an Emmy Award and a Critics Choice Award. He garnered rave reviews after four decades of making people laugh and cry with intelligence and wit.

 

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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