ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Emmy award winner Edward Herrmann, best known for his role as the beloved Grandfather in the Gilmore Girls, has died of brain cancer aged 71.

The veteran actor was in intensive care receiving treatment for 3-and-a-half weeks before he passed away surrounded by his family.

Herrmann's son Rory has issued the following statement to the press in honor of his father's memory:

He was full of knowledge and kindness and goodness. He always wanted to share the great and beautiful things in life

The cast of the Gilmore Girls have also been expressing their grief over their co-star's passing. Lauren Graham who played Herrmann's onscreen daughter, Lorelai Gilmore, remembered the actor as the:

Kindest, classiest, most talented man. 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. 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

His on screen wife, Kelly Bishop issued a statement revealing she was "somewhat stunned" by Herrmann's death after only learning he was ill a few short weeks ago. She told the press that:

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 Herrmann was a true cinematic veteran with roles in cult classics such as The Lost Boys and Richie Rich, so in honor of his memory, here are some of the highlights of his cinematic career:

The Great Gatsby (1974)

One of Herrmann's earlier works was playing the idle piano playing Ewing Klipspringer in the 1974 adaption of The Great Gatsby alongside cinematic great, Robert Redford.

Eleanor and Franklin (1976)

Edward Herrmann won an Emmy for his portrayal of president Franklin D. Roosevelt and the late actor considered this part to be his finest role.

Annie (1982)

Edward Herrmann played Franklin D. Roosevelt yet again in the original movie adaption of Annie.

The Lost Boys (1987)

Herrmann played the mild-mannered and moderate vampire leader, Max, in the 1980s cult classic, The Lost Boys.

Richie Rich (1994)

Edward Herrmann was the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Richard Rich, Sr in what would be Macaulay's last movie as a child actor.

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Herrmann shines in the role of wealthy divorcee Rex Rexroth in the Cohen brothers classic, Intolerable Cruelty.

The Aviator (2004)

Herrmann appears alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as Joseph Breen in The Aviator.

Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Despite his long and fruitful cinematic career, Herrmann is probably most fondly remembered by many for his seven year stint as the beloved head of the Gilmore clan, Richard Gilmore.


Which Edward Herrmann role do you remember most fondly?


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