'Gilmore Girls' Star Edward Herrmann Dies at 71

The actor had been battling brain cancer.

ByLesley Messer
December 31, 2014, 3:28 PM

— -- "Gilmore Girls" star Edward Herrmann has died after a battle with brain cancer, his manager, Robbie Kass, confirmed to ABC News. He was 71.

"Besides being an accomplished actor, he was a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man," Kass said. "He will be sorely missed."

Herrmann, who played Richard Gilmore for all seven seasons of the WB series, first found success on the stage, winning a Tony Award in 1976 for his role in "Mrs. Warren's Profession." He went on to find small screen acclaim for portraying Franklin D. Roosevelt in TV movies in the 1970s, garnering two Emmy nominations for the role. Two more Emmy nods followed in 1986 and 1987. In 1999, he won his first for his guest appearances in "The Practice."

"I was nominated for Roosevelt, I've been nominated four or five times, and everyone thinks I won it for Roosevelt, but no," he told the AV Club in 2012. "It was supposed to be three episodes, but it turned out to be [more], and what can I say? It was fun."

The actor, who recently appeared in "The Good Wife," also had several memorable big screen roles, including parts in "Harry's War," "Overboard," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "The Lost Boys."

Herrmann is survived by his wife, Star Hayner, and three children.

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