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Gilmore Girls granddad, actor Edward Herrman, has died aged 71

RIP Richard Gilmore.

EDWARD HERRMAN, THE towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV’s “Gilmore Girls,” died on Wednesday. He was 71.

Herrmann died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital of brain cancer, his son, Rory Herrmann said. The actor, who had been hospitalised for several weeks, was surrounded by family members including his wife, Star, and his three children, his son said.

“He was full of knowledge and kindness and goodness. … He always wanted to share the great and beautiful things in life,” said Rory Herrmann. That included art, music and classic cars.

The 6-foot-5 actor’s favorite role was playing President Roosevelt, his son said, which he did in projects including the TV movies “Eleanor and Franklin” (1976) and its sequel “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years” (1977) and in the 1982 movie musical “Annie.”

He appeared frequently on the big screen, in major films including “Reds” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and was an acclaimed stage actor whose Tony-winning performance came in 1976 for a revival of “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” opposite Lynn Redgrave.

His other Broadway credits included the original run of “Love Letters” in 1989, “The Deep Blue Sea” with Blythe Danner in 1998 and “Plenty,” for which he received a 1983 Tony nomination.

Television was also a familiar home, with recent appearances on “The Good Wife” and “How I Met Your Mother. His best-known role came on the 2000-07 series “Gilmore Girls,” on which he portrayed the patrician father of a single mother, played by Lauren Graham.

“My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man,” Graham posted on Twitter. “It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.”

Besides his wife and son, Herrmann’s survivors include daughters Ryen and Emma. A private funeral was planned, followed by a public memorial early next week, Rory Herrmann said.

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