Big Love star Luke Askew has died of lung cancer at nearly 80 years old. He passed away in March at his Oregon home. The actor was also known for roles in Cool Hand Luke and Easy Rider.
According to a report from the Huffington Post, there reportedly aren’t many details on Askew’s cancer, but it is known that age is a major factor in many types of lung cancer. In fact, it’s the top cancer-related cause of death in men over 40.
Askew was surrounded by his family members at the time of his passingÂ—which was just three days prior to his 80th birthday. His recurring role in Big Love, an HBO series, was the last role of his life.
Luke Askew was also known for television roles on Cold Case, Everwood, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Bonanza.
Can you imagine how exciting it must have been for this aging actor to land a recurring role on an HBO hit series? It likely gave him a great sense of satisfaction to be working that late into his lifetime.
Nancy Hedin was a neighbor of Askew and his wife. She lived in the condo below them.
“He was a lovely and talented person,” she said of Askew. “They both mostly kept to themselves, but every once in a while I could hear his voice from my unit. You could just tell he was an actor.”
“He didn’t talk a lot about the movies and shows he was in, but if you told him you saw one, you knew it made him feel good,” Hedin added.
Big Love was a show about a polygamy practicing family of fundamentalist Mormons. It aired on HBO from March 2006 through March of 2011.
Were you a Big Love fan? Did you enjoy Luke Askew in his recurring role?
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