Although fans enjoyed the latest season of Cobra Kai, season 4 had some tributes about whom fans knew little. The seventh episode of the season paid a tribute to Albert Omstead, a crew member of Cobra Kai. But Cobra Kai dedicated the entire fourth season to Ed Asner.
Ed Asner’s character was the one who bailed out Johnny in the first season and indirectly helped him set up Cobra Kai. If you can’t remember his role from this clue, then you can stop trying, as we look at the actor’s contribution to Cobra Kai.
Ed Asner in Cobra Kai
Although Ed Asner’s character has limited appearances in Cobra Kai, he has set the perfect image of his character. Ed Asner played Johnny’s rich stepfather Sid Weinberg and has appeared in seasons one and three of Cobra Kai. The actor perfectly portrayed the rich, uncaring, and abusive Sid, which justified Johnny’s issues.
In season one, Ed wants to buy Johnny out of his life. While Johnny initially doesn’t accept Sid’s money and tears the cheque, he later takes it up and uses it to start his dojo. In season 3, Johnny and Sid meet again as Johnny wants to raise funds for Miguel’s surgery. As Sid doesn’t budge, Johnny has to resort to stealing an expensive item.
What does the Cobra Kai cast have to say?
Ed Asner’s contribution to the series was immense, but the actor was also a role model for the cast. So, the news of the actor’s death affected the cast and the creators of the series. A tweet from Ralph Macchio saw him express his love for the legendary actor.
So saddened by this news. A legend and icon in the acting world. Endless respect for his body of work on so many levels. Ed had graced the Cobra Kai series and am grateful to have had a moment or two to meet and connect with him. An absolute privilege. #RIPEdAsner https://t.co/fIeT42RBBc
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) August 29, 2021
Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg told Deadline:
“Getting to briefly play in his orbit while he made our karate universe ever brighter and funnier was a great honor of our careers. We will miss him dearly and we send all our love to his family.”
A true hero on and off-screen
Hollywood considers Ed Asner as a legend because his work speaks for itself. Ed Asner holds the record for most Primetime Emmy Awards, as he won it seven times. The following is a list of Ed Asner’s top works:
- Lou Grant
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show
- Rich Man, Poor Man
- Dead to Me
Before Ed started acting, he had served in the US Army Signal Corps from 1951 to 1953. Unfortunately, the world lost a true hero on August 29, 2021.
Let us know in the comments if you have seen Ed Asner in other shows/movies.