Edward Herrmann Dead at 71: Gilmore Girls Actor Battled Brain Cancer

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Edward Herrmann Dead

By Daniel Gates

Edward Herrmann Dead

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Edward Herrmann is dead. The actor, known for “Gilmore Girls” and a long career on stage and in movies, has died at 71. His death at a hospital in New York on Wednesday comes after a battle with brain cancer. TMZ reports that he had been going through chemotherapy treatment in recent weeks.

The actor first gained renown in 1970s movies like The Paper Chase and The Great Gatsby, later starring in 1980s films such as Reds, Overboard, The Lost Boys and The Purple Rose of Cairo. Herrmann played Richard Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls” from 2000 to 2007. He’d recently made appearances on “The Good Wife.”

Herrmann also became famous for his portrayal of Franklin Roosevelt in TV movies, as well as in the 1982 film version of Annie. He did voice work for PBS and The History Channel, and was the voice of Dodge commercials throughout the 1990s. On Broadway, he won a Tony Award for his performance in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. The twice-married Herrmann is survived by three children. We’re sorry to report some sad news to end the year.

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