Louie Anderson, Emmy-Winning Comedian, Dies at 68

Louie Anderson, the iconic Emmy-winning comedian, actor and game show host, died Friday in Las Vegas after battling cancer, his publicist confirmed to Variety. He was 68.

A seasoned stand-up with a career spanning over four decades, Anderson broke through as a comedian in 1984 when he performed a set on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

From there, he performed a comedy special on Showtime in 1987, made regular TV appearances on late-night shows and appeared in movies such as

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in 1986 and “Coming to America” in 1988.

In 1995, Anderson produced, created and starred in the Fox original animated series “Life With Louie

Like much of Anderson’s stand-up, “Life With Louie” was based heavily on his experiences growing up in Saint Paul, Minn., in a large family of 11 children

The comic voiced a fictionalized version of his eight-year-old self in the show, winning two Daytime Emmys for performer in an animated program.

The show ran from 1995-1998. In 1996, he created and starred in “The Louie Show,” a short-lived sitcom on CBS that was canceled after six episodes.

n 1999, Anderson was the first host for the third revival of the hit syndicated game show “Family Feud,” leaving the show after four years in 2002.

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