Edward Herrmann passed away this morning in a hospital in New York. Herrmann, best know for his role as Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, was 71.
Herrmann’s family spoke with TMZ saying that he had been battling brain cancer and had been in the ICU for the last 3 and half weeks. His family made the decision this morning to take him off the respirator.
Herrmann began his onscreen acting career in the early 1970s with roles as baseball great Lou Gehrig and Franklin D. Roosevelt in TV movies.
He also appeared in the films The Great Waldo Pepper, The Great Gatsby, The Betsy, Harry’s War, Reds, The Purple Rose of Cairo and The Aviator.
Herrmann had just completed work on new film Coach of the Year, which is set for release next year, when he fell ill.
The actor picked up a 1976 Best Actor Tony Award for his role in George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession. He was nominated again in 1983 for Plenty.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Herrmann’s family and friends.