Louie Anderson, the big-hearted man who rose to fame as a popular comic book series, later infused the spirit of his late mother for his Emmy-winning turn as Christine Baskets in the FX series Baskets, has died. He is 68 years old.
Anderson passed away on Friday morning from complications from cancer, says his longtime journalist Glenn Schwartz The Hollywood Reporter. Anderson is being treated at a Las Vegas hospital after being diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Mentored by legendary Henny Youngman, the toothy Minnesota native was named one of the “100 Greatest Heads of All Time” by Comedy Central in 2004. He is also a co-creator. Life with Louie, the Saturday morning animated series in which he played an 8-year-old version of himself and hosted a revival of the game Family feudalism.
For his first major part, Eddie Murphy cast Anderson to play Maurice, a rising employee at McDowell’s, in Go to USA (1988), and he returns for the 2021 sequel.
“You know, I started cleaning just like you guys,” he told the characters of Murphy and Arsenio Hall in the original. “But now, watch me washing the lettuce. Soon I’ll be eating fries, then baking. In a year or two, I became an assistant manager, and that’s when the big money started coming in. ”
Baskets, created by Louis CK, Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, stars Galifianakis as Chip and Dale Baskets, one a grappling circus clown, the other his obnoxious twins. It was Anderson, however, as their melancholy but optimistic single mother, who stole the show during its 4 seasons (2016-19).
When Galifianakis began to describe Christine’s voice for Basketsco-creators, the two immediately thought of Anderson to take on the part. The comic immediately involves the character, who he says resembles his mother, who passed away in 1990.
Anderson told LA time in 2017. “I mean, how could that be otherwise? She herself could always be a star, so she finally got a chance to act.”
Anderson’s portrayal of Christine earned him a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016 for the first time in three consecutive years with a nomination.
“Mom! We did it!” he exclaimed after ascending the podium on Emmy night. “I wasn’t always a good man, but I played a hell woman. This is for my mom, Ora Zella Anderson, from whom I stole every shade, the embarrassed look, the cruel look, the loving look. [and] active line passive word. ”
“In the first year, Baskets lays the groundwork to prove that letting prominent ’80s icon Anderson play the mother to the main characters played by Galifianakis is not a stunt,” CHEAP Lead TV critic Daniel Fienberg wrote in 2017.
“Honestly, it’s never been like one, and in episodes like “Easter in Bakersfield,” Anderson turns Christine into a character of subtle complexity, exactly the kind of job. quiet, shy that you wouldn’t expect from a former game presenter. who placed himself and his autobiography at the center of much of his material. Anderson’s investment has always been to celebrate Christine as a person, not to bring attention to quirky roles. “
Louie Perry Anderson was born on March 24, 1953, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The second youngest of 11 children (six sons and five sisters), he grew up in poverty in the Roosevelt Homes housing project. He blames his father, Louis, an abusive failed musician battling alcoholism, for the family’s woes and praises his mother for filling the family with love and hope.
Anderson, who says he has a ‘lifetime food addiction’, says his weight problems are the result of turmoil at home, and he says Everyone 1987 magazine that he ate to escape.
After graduating from Johnson High School in St. Paul, Anderson spent several years counseling struggling youth.
While participating in a comedy show at Mickey Finn’s in Minneapolis in 1978, Anderson noticed that he had no laughs and thought he would have a crack when he stood up. “I check in next week, my mom and dad down, my family down, my co-workers,” he said. “And I did three minutes, and I feel like I did well.”
Anderson mines his original material from his family life, oversized frames, and love of eating. The first two jokes: “Let me move the microphone so you can see me” and “I am the first kid in the block voted most likely to be a group”.
In 1981, Anderson won first place in the Midwest Comedy Competition, organized by Youngman that year, who hired him as a screenwriter and helped him become a performer.
Anderson told City of San Diego Union-Tribune in 2019. “He said, ‘Make your jokes.’ But I am more of a storyteller. I don’t want to just tell jokes. But I had a bunch of liner when I started my action each time. I get that from him and his work ethic.”
Anderson’s breakthrough came in November 1984 when he made his national television debut on Tonight’s show. True to form, his 5 1/2 minute routine is mostly made up of fat jokes, starting with, “I can’t stay long, I’m in between meals, so let bear with me.”
A few months later, Anderson was introduced alongside Bob Saget, Rita Rudner, and Sam Kinison on HBO’s ninth annual show. Young comedian special.
Anderson makes his film debut as a taxi driver in Cloak & Dagger (1984), then appeared in the 1986 films Quicksilver, Ferris Bueller’s Holiday and Mouse Boy. In 1988, he co-starred with Richard Lewis and Richard Belzer in Wrong boys and has his memorable appearance in Go to USA.
Paramount executives wanted someone white in that movie, Murphy recalled in March 2021 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“The entire cast is black – and this is back in the 80s – so it’s like, ‘We’ve got to have a white man! There must be a white person in the movie. ‘ What?” he said. “So, ‘Who’s the funniest white man?’ And Louie, we know, we’re cool with him. So that’s how Louie gets in the movie.”
TV star beckons when Anderson is cast as Larry opposite Bronson Pinchot’s Balki in sitcom Perfect Stranger. A pilot was filmed in 1985, but he was replaced by Mark Linn-Baker, and the series became an eight-season hit.
He talks about his childhood self as well as his father in 1994-98 Life with Louie, which won two Daytime Character awards for acting during the run. The series has also collected three Humanitas awards.
In 1996, Anderson titled the CBS sitcom The Louie Show, played a psychotherapist in Minnesota alongside Bryan Cranston and Paul Feig, but the series lasted only six episodes.
Anderson has covered a number of comedy specials over the years and often performed in Comic Relief fundraisers. His TV resume also includes guest positions on Grace Under Fire, Chicago Hope, Touched by an angel, Kill death celk and Joey. He organized an informational Family feudalism from 1999-2002.
In 1989, Anderson published To Dad: Letters from an Adult Child, a series of emotional letters he writes to his late father to explore the feelings of shame and insecurity he felt growing up and how it fueled his comedy. Followed by a tribute to his mother, 2018 Hey Mom: Stories are for my mom, but you can read them too.
He also wrote in 1994 Goodbye Jumbo… Hello Cruel World and in 2002 Word F: How to survive in your family.
Anderson married his high school sweetheart in 1985, but their marriage lasted four weeks.
In his Union-Tribune During the interview, he said that he always tries to “laugh with my audience. I try to say, ‘Hey, aren’t we all pathetic?’ I just put myself out there as the main pathetic: ‘I can’t stop eating, but I have to because I’ve already eaten everything.’ I’m putting it there.
“It’s the Richard Pryor effect. If you’re honest enough about it all, it’s really rewarding. It is healing. I feel very good off stage. “
He is survived by his two sisters, Lisa and Shanna Anderson.