Louis Anderson, who became famous as a stand-up comic, then directed the spirit of his late mother for his victory at the Amy in the role of Christine Basketts in the FX series Baskets, died. He was 68.
Anderson died Friday at a Las Vegas hospital from cancer complications, his longtime publicist Glen Schwartz told The Hollywood Reporter. Anderson underwent treatment after being diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Louis Perry Anderson was born on March 24, 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The second youngest of 11 children (six boys and five sisters), he grew up poor in the Roosevelt Homes housing project. He blamed his father, Luis, a failed musician who struggled with alcoholism, in the family’s woes and praised his mother for filling the family with love and hope. Anderson, who said he had a “lifelong food addiction”, claimed that his weight problem was the result of riots at home. After graduating from Johnson High School in St. Paul’s, Anderson spent several years advising troubled young people.
In 1981, Anderson won first place in the Midwest Comedy Competition, organized that year by Youngman, who hired him as a writer and helped shape him as a performer. Anderson’s breakthrough came in November 1984, when he made his national television debut The Tonight Show. A few months later, Louis Anderson was shown alongside Bob Saget, Rita Rudner and Sam Kinison in the ninth annual special issue of HBO Young Comedians.
Louis Anderson made his film debut as a taxi driver Cloak & Dagger (1984), then starred in 1986 films Quicksilver, Ferris Buhler Day Off and Ratboy. In 1988, he starred with Richard Lewis and Richard Belzer The Wrong Guys and played his memorable cameo Going office America. He voiced himself as a junior as well as his father in 1994-98 Life З Louis, winning two Emmy Awards along the way.
In 1996, Louis Anderson headed the CBS sitcom The Louis Show. In 1989, Anderson published “Dear Dad: Letters from an adult child”, A series of emotionally charged letters he wrote to his late father, in which he explored the feelings of shame and insecurity he felt as he grew up and how it fueled his comedy. Next was the commemoration of his mother, 2018 «Hey mom: stories for my mother, but you can read them too ».
The Minnesota native under legendary stand-up Heni Youngman was named Comedy Central one of the “100 Greatest Stands of All Time” in 2004. Baskets brought him an Emmy Award in prime time in 2016, the first of three consecutive years with a nomination. He also led the revival of the game show Family Hostility.
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