'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann Dies at 71 From Brain Cancer

The actor who plays the Gilmore Girls patriarch on the TV show of the same name passed away in a New York hospital on December 31.

AceShowbiz - %cEdward Herrmann% lost battle with brain cancer. The actor known for his role as the father of %cLauren Graham%'s Lorelai on the hit TV series "Gilmore Girls" died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital in New York on Wednesday morning, December 31. He was 71.

According to TMZ, he had been in ICU for nearly a month. His family decided to take him off respirator as his condition did not improve. "Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, he was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed," his manager said.

Hermann played Richard Gilmore throughout the entire run of "Gilmore Girls" from 2000 to 2007. He's also famous for playing Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1970s TV movies. He portrayed the President again in the 1982 movie adaptation of the musical "Annie" and voiced the influential figure in a documentary.

His other movie roles included the father of the richest kid in the world in "Richie Rich" and the headmaster of a prep schoolteacher in "The Emperor's Club". He recently starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" alongside %cLeonardo DiCaprio% and %cJonah Hill%.

On the small screen, he was also featured in many series like "How I Met Your Mother", "Grey's Anatomy", "The Good Wife", and "Harry's Law". He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on "The Practice" and grabbed a Tony for his performance in the stage production "Mrs. Warren's Profession" in 1976.

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