The star had more than 100 credits on stage and screen
Actor Edward Herrmann, best known for his roles in TV show Gilmore Girls and vampire movie The Lost Boys, has died aged 71.
The 6ft 5in star had been diagnosed with brain cancer and was in intensive care in New York before his death on Wednesday.
His son Rory said in a statement: “He was full of knowledge and kindness and goodness.
“He always wanted to share the great and beautiful things in life.”
Herrmann played the beloved grandfather Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, a waspish family drama set in a storybook Connecticut town.
Lauren Graham, who played Herrmann’s on-screen daughter Lorelai Gilmore during the show’s seven series, remembered the actor as the “kindest, classiest, most talented man” and said it was a “devastating blow to lose him”.
“Ed Herrmann’s combination of pure charisma plus his distinctive voice lit up any room he entered,” she added.
“He had a gentlemanly manner, a wicked sense of humour, and a sharp wit. He was well-read, interesting, and just plain fun to be around.”
Herrmann with his on-screen wife Kelly Bishop in Gilmore Girls
Kelly Bishop, who played his wife Emily Gilmore, said she was “somewhat stunned” by his death, having only found out he was ill a few weeks ago.
“I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful,” she said in a statement. “Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.”
The actor, who trained at London’s Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, was singled out for praise when Entertainment Weekly picked Gilmore Girls as one of its “new TV classics” in 2009.
Describing him as an “on-screen pro”, it said he could “advise, hector, and …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment