Alexis Bledel Remembers Gilmore Girls Co-Star Edward Herrmann: “I Will Miss Him Tremendously”
Alexis Bledel is remembering her former “Gilmore Girls” co-star Edward Herrmann in the wake of his recent death. The actress released a statement on Friday to honor Herrmann and share her memories of the late actor.
Herrmann, who played Bledel’s grandfather for seven years on the hit show, died on Wednesday at 71 after a battle with brain cancer. “Ed Herrmann was a wonderful actor and a kind man,” Bledel said in a statement to TVLine. “He was endlessly knowledgeable about theater, TV and film, and would generously share his wisdom or tell stories from a long and rewarding career.”
She continued, “I am grateful to him for that, and will miss him tremendously. He loved acting and was the head of our Gilmore family with his strong presence and great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.”
Bledel’s former “Gilmore Girls” co-stars Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop paid tribute to the late actor on Wednesday. Graham, who played Herrmann’s daughter on the show, tweeted, “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.”
Bishop, who was Herrmann’s on-screen wife, told TVLine, “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.” She noted, “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.