Emmy Award Winning Actor Louie Anderson Has Died

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Louie Anderson, Emmy Award winning actor and stand- up comedian, has died due to complications from cancer, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting. He was 68.  

Anderson's role as Christine Baskets on the FX series TV show ``Baskets'' earned him an Emmy Award.  

He was being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital after being diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his publicist Glenn Schwartz told The Hollywood Reporter. Anderson died this morning.  

Anderson was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time by Comedy Central in 2004. He co-created ``Life With Louie,'' a Saturday morning animated series and hosted a revival of the game show ``Family Feud.''  

Anderson's portrayal of Christine on ``Baskets'' won him a Primetime Emmy in 2016, an award he was nominated for three times.  

He was born Louie Perry Anderson on March 24, 1953 in St. Paul, Minnesota and was the second-youngest of 11 children. He had five brothers and five sisters and grew up in the Roosevelt Homes housing project.  

Anderson made his film debut as a taxi driver in ``Clock & Dagger'' in 1984 and had roles in ``Quicksilver,'' ``Ferris Bueller's Day Off'' and ``Ratboy.'' He was in ``The Wrong Guys'' with Richard Lewis and Richard Belzer in 1988 and had a memorable cameo in ``Coming To America'' starring Eddie Murphy.

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