Actor Edward Herrmann, well known for his memorable roles on hit TV shows like "Gilmore Girls" and "The Practice" and his extensive film and voice acting work, died Wednesday morning at the age of 71. The star was fighting brain cancer and had been in intensive care in a New York hospital for nearly a month before his family chose to take him off life support, his family told TMZ.
"Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, he was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed," Robbie Kass, Herrmann's manager, told HuffPost Entertainment via email Wednesday.
Noted for his tireless work ethic and professionalism, Herrmann was a common sight on popular television series. He was recently featured on multiple episodes of the hit show "The Good Wife," was a fixture as Lorelai's father on "Gilmore Girls" and won an Emmy for "The Practice," as Time noted.
But he also had a long and successful film career, playing major roles in movies like "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Lost Boys" and "Richie Rich." He also performed extensively as a voice actor, lending his distinctive voice to TV specials, audio books and other projects, perhaps most notably voicing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" by Ken Burns. His theater roles included plays like "Two Men of Florence."
Married twice, his second wife, Star, told TMZ that he is survived by three children -- two daughters and a stepson.
"He was an extraordinary human being," Herrmann's voice agent Robyn Stecher said, according to HuffPost Entertainment. "His work ethic was extraordinary until the end. He worked until about a month ago. He was so committed to his craft and wanting to work despite his challenges."