Edward Herrmann ‘Gilmore Girls’ Star Dies At 71 After Battling Brain Cancer, Highlight Hollywood News
Renowned stage and screen actor Edward Herrmann, best known for playing Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, has died at 71, TMZ reports. The star’s family tells TMZ that the actor had been battling brain cancer and had been in ICU at a New York hospital for over three weeks. His loved ones ultimately decided to take him off a respirator on Wednesday, Dec. 31.
The Washington native starred alongside Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and his TV wife Kelly Bishop on the comedy drama from 2000 to 2007. Some of his career highlights include winning the Tony Award for Best Actor for his work on Broadway’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession in 1976. He also played President Franklin Roosevelt three times: in Eleanor and Franklin (1976), Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) and the original musical film Annie (1982).
In more recent years, Herrmann made guest appearances on TV shows such as Law & Order, Harry’s Law, and The Good Wife. He recently wrapped the film Coach of the Year, which is set for a 2015 release.
Herrmann is survived by his wife Star Benson and the couple’s two children. He also has three other children, whom he shared with his first ex-wife, actress-writer Leigh Curran.