Louie Anderson, Iconic Stand-Up Comic and ‘Baskets’ Star, Dies at 68

Louie Anderson, best known for his Emmy-winning performance as Christine Baskets in FX’s Baskets, has died aged 68 years old.

Anderson died on Friday morning as a result of cancer complications. Anderson was being treated in a hospital in Las Vegas after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Anderson was named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time” in 2004 after being mentored by famous stand-up Henny Youngman. He also co-created Life With Louie, a Saturday morning cartoon comedy in which he portrayed an 8-year-old version of himself, and presented a reboot of the game show Family Feud.

Television fame awaited when Anderson was cast as Larry opposite Bronson Pinchot’s Balki on the comedy Perfect Strangers. A pilot was shot in 1985, but he was replaced by Mark Linn-Baker, and the program went on to become a smash hit for eight seasons.

Anderson played his younger self as well as his father on Life With Louie from 1994 to 1998, collecting two acting Daytime Emmys along the way. The series also won three Humanitas awards.

Anderson starred in the CBS comedy The Louie Show in 1996, portraying a Minnesota psychologist opposite Bryan Cranston and Paul Feig, but the show only lasted six episodes.

Anderson hosted various comedy specials throughout the years and appeared frequently on Comic Relief fund-raisers. His television credits include include appearances on Grace Under Fire, Chicago Hope, Touched by an Angel, Scrubs, and Joey. From 1999 to 2002, he hosted the syndicated game show Family Feud.

Anderson published Dear Dad: Letters From an Adult Child in 1989, a collection of emotionally intense letters he sent to his late father that examined his developing feeling of guilt and insecurity and how it drove his comedy. Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, but You Can Read Them Too, released in 2018 as an homage to his mother.

Among Anderson’s famous books were Goodbye Jumbo… Hello Cruel World in 1994 and The F Word: How to Survive Your Family in 2002.


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