2022-05-20

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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Comedian
  • Birthday:  March 24, 1953
  • Date of Death:  January 21, 2022
  • Accomplishments:  Emmy Award, Best Selling Author
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Louie Anderson started his comedy career on a dare.

Louie Anderson was a veteran comedian, game show host and three-time Emmy winner. In an entertainment career that spanned more than four decades, Anderson’s self-deprecating humor and snarky demeanor quickly drew the attention of the comedy veterans Henny Youngman and Johnny Carson, catapulting him to stardom.

A frequent presence on stage and screen since the mid-1980s, Anderson won the 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets, the mother of the Zach Galifianakis-portrayed Chip and Dale on the FX series. The actor was nominated in the category over three consecutive years starting in 2016 for his Baskets performance. Anderson also won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Fox’s Life with Louie in 1997 and 1998.

Anderson was also a best-selling author. His books included "Dear Dad -- Letters From An Adult Child," "Good-bye Jumbo...Hello Cruel World," and "The F Word, How To Survive Your Family." His most recent book, "Hey Mom" was published in 2018 and "combined wry wit and poignant humor while sharing his journey of turning life's challenges into joy as well as plenty of wisdom he gained from his late mother."

Anderson died January 21, 2022 from complications related to cancer. He was 68.


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