Edward Herrmann, star of the hit 'The WB' show, Gilmore Girls, died on Dec. 31, 2014 after battling brain cancer, his manager confirmed. He was 71-years-old.
"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," Heather Graham, who played the late actor's daughter on 'Gilmore Girls,' tweeted following the news of his death.
Edward had a lengthy career in theater, TV and film, during which he won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for the revival of 'Mrs. Warren's Profession.'
Edward alongside Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop and Alexis Bledel on 'Gilmore Girls' in 2006. (Photo Credit: Getty)
He also received Best Actor Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the made-for-TV movies, 'Eleanor and Franklin' and 'Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years' in 1976 and 1977, respectively.
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In 1999, he won an Emmy for his guest appearances on the popular legal drama 'The Practice,' before starring as Richard Gilmore on 'Gilmore Girls' from 2000 - 2007.
Edward as Max, the mild-mannered head vampire in the 1987 film, 'The Lost Boys.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
"We, the 'Gilmore Girls' family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned," Edward's costar Kelly Bishop said in a statement. "I have so many fond memories of our time together on [the show] and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down."
Edward is survived by is wife of 22 years, Star Hayner, two daughters, Ryan and Emma, and his stepson, Rory. He was previously married to screenwriter Leigh Curran, whom he wed in 1978.
'TMZ' was the first to report this news.
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