R.I.P. Louie Anderson, beloved comedian and Emmy-winning actor

He hosted Family Feud and voiced his childhood self in the animated show Life with Louie. He was 68.

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Before winning multiple Emmy awards, writing four books, hosting the game show Family Feud and releasing many sidesplitting stand-up specials, comedian Louie Anderson worked as a counselor for troubled youth in Minnesota. Both his first career choice and eventual destiny in entertainment make sense for the hilarious but always empathetic personality who grew up with ten brothers and sisters in the Twin Cities.

After coming in first at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition, Anderson began writing for iconic violin-playing comedian Henny Youngman.

Three years later, Anderson made his film debut with a tiny role as a taxi driver in Cloak & Dagger, starring Dabney Coleman and E.T.’s Henry Thomas. More importantly for his career, Anderson also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson that same year.

Next came a guest spot in an episode of Remington Steele and small but memorable roles in movies like Quicksilver, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Coming to America. Anderson reprised his character from the Eddie Murphy classic, Maurice, in both the recent sequel Coming 2 America and the BET series Twenties.

In 1989, Anderson published his first book Dear Dad: Letters from an Adult Child. In it, he reminisces on his childhood through angry, heartfelt and humorous letters to his alcoholic father.

In 1994, Anderson created a lighter take on his turbulent childhood. The Saturday morning cartoon Life with Louie followed a young boy with ten siblings growing up in the Midwest. He voiced both the father character and his childhood self. The show ran for three seasons and Anderson picked up two Daytime Emmy Awards for his work.

Anderson then hosted Family Feud and appeared in shows like Touched by an Angel, Ally McBeal, and Nash Bridges.

From 2016-2019, Anderson portrayed Christine, the mother of twins Chip and Dale played by Zack Galifianakis in the acclaimed series Baskets. Anderson was nominated three times and won one Primetime Emmy Award for his performance.

Louie Anderson’s other books include Goodbye Jumbo… Hello Cruel World, The F Word: How to Survive Your Family and Hey Mom. He was 68 years old.

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Panas 29 months ago
I loved Louis Anderson one line that sticks out coming to America when he said” hey there I’m on fries and someday I’ll be a manager and that’s where the big bucks come in“ funny!
AnnieM 29 months ago
So sad. He was such a funny man. I think my favorite bit of his was about taking his mother to a garage sale, where she bought a broken toaster for a quarter. When he asked her why, she said, "The cord's worth a quarter." Reminded me so much of something my own mom might say. 🤣
MichaelFields 29 months ago
I live in Las Vegas and many years ago when my parents were alive (they passed of cancer also) I took them to see Louie as a "residency" show he had (a show he had for years at a casino) as I left my Mom and Dad to play slots I went to the box office to pick up the tickets and as I was walking there I looked over and saw Louie playing video poker, just like anyone else. So I got to the Box Office and asked them if it was really him and they said yes, that he likes to play before a show as it relaxes him and I said would he mind if I and my parents went over and met him and they said, no he does not mind, he likes meeting his fans. So I quickly went back and told my parents I had a surprise for them, and as I turned the corner, I introduced myself and my parents, he was the nicest person you ever met, he talked with us and shook our hands, I did not want to bother him to much so I let him get back to his play, that made my parents day, week and more, every time for years afterwards, they told the story of how they met him to friends, family and pretty much anyone. Again and very nice friendly person.
Pacificsun MichaelFields 29 months ago
Your's is the kind of story that says so much about the truth of an entertainer! Makes us miss Louie Anderson all the more.

Thank you for sharing!
TheDavBow3 29 months ago
Very funny and very eccentric. Rest Well, good sir.
Rita6868 29 months ago
Love Louie! Feeling badly about his passing.I have watched him since day one.My favorite was his stand up.My brother saw him live in 2017.My sister in-law asked a worker to pass Louie a message to acknowledge my brother in the audience during the show.My brother had very recently had his prostate removed because of cancer.Louie graciously did so.My brother is doing well 5yrs later.Thanks Louie you were a class act! Thank You for all of the laughs all of these years!Rest in peace!
jacko3 29 months ago
May Our True Risen GOD Bless the Life, Soul & Legacy of ..Louie Anderson - Amen - Alleluia!
vinman63 29 months ago
The least loved of the Family Feud hosts. However I thought he was funny with his Cory banter with the contestants.
tommy2gs123456789 29 months ago
Loved Louie Anderson. Saw him in Las Vegas about 10 years ago and it was just gut splitting laughter for all 2 hours. RIP. You will be missed.
Sway 29 months ago
RIP Louie Anderson. Funny, talented. Been watching him on Funny You Should Ask.
SteveO 29 months ago
I often watch on YouTube his 1st performance on The "Carson" Tonight Show.
Every time it's like seeing it for the first time, it never gets old.
One of the Great comics !
Thanks for the laughs Louie !!
OlgaBagley 29 months ago
RIP Louie we losing all our great ones.
BrianThetubewatcher 29 months ago
Louie was talented, fun and courageous. His book Dear Dad helped huge numbers of people in similar situations. Thank you, Louie.
madvincent 29 months ago
Seen him on occasion on one of those game shows Sitting on a panel....
He didn’t look too healthy....
god bless ......
Moody 29 months ago
RIP Louie Anderson. I can't believe he was only 68. But he was a funny guy. He will be missed.
LoveMETV22 29 months ago
R.I.P. Louie Anderson. A talented Actor, Writer and producer. Enjoyed seeing him in films and tv.
Runeshaper 29 months ago
R.I.P. Louie Anderson. Thanks for all the laughs!
bagandwallyfan52 29 months ago
I liked all of the hosts of
Family Feud including Louie
Anderson Ray Combs Richard
Dawson and Steve Harvey.
Don't forget John O'Hurley (a.k.a. J. Peterman from Seinfeld)
Peter_Falk_Fan 29 months ago
I always enjoyed his stand-up comedy routines. His part in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is usually cut when the movie is on TV (because of the nurse's song), but I have a copy of the movie with that part. I was thrilled when I found out that he would host "Family Feud". I remember watching some of his "Life with Louie" cartoon episodes.

R.I.P. Louie Anderson. Thanks for the laughs.
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