The sonorous voice of Edward Herrmann is stilled

Herrmann's name on the credits of any show made it a "must-watch"

Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann

WASHINGTON, December 31, 2014 — The year closes on a sad note; actor Edward Herrmann has passed at the age of 71. Seeing Herrmann in the credits made any show a must watch.

Perhaps best known for playing Richard Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls,” Herrmann died this morning in a hospital after a 3-1/2 week battle with brain cancer. He had been in ICU, and when his condition did not improve, his family decided to take him off life support.

Herrmann leaves behind three children.

Herrmann was the beloved patriarch, father of the irascible Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and grandfather of Rory (Alexis Bledel), on “Gilmore Girls” for its entire run. He recently appeared in several episodes of “The Good Wife.” He was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1976 TV film “Eleanor and Franklin,” and later played Max, the head vampire in the 1980s movie, “The Lost Boys”

More recently, Hermann appeared on the “The Practice” as law professor Anderson Pearson.

He was 71.

“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,” manager Robbie Kass told CNN.

A yearly binge watch of the Gilmore Girls is, in large part, a must watch due to Hermann’s participation in the show.

“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,” tweeted Lauren Graham, who starred as Lorelai Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls.”

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