Edward Herrmann has passed away at the age of 71 after losing a battle with brain cancer.
If you were a fan of Gilmore Girls, then you probably know Herrman best as the domineering yet very loving Richard Gilmore. His TV wife Kelly Bishop, who played Emily Gilmore, spoke to TVLine about his death.
“We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from [Edward’s wife] Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren [Graham], Alexis [Bledel] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.”
Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) wrote this on Twitter:
My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man. It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) December 31, 2014
Herrmann, a terrific character actor, has made many TV appearances over the course of his long career. As recently as 2013, he had a role on The Good Wife. In movies, he’s best known as the villain in The Lost Boys and he even had a small part in last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street.