Veteran Actor Edward Herrmann, Dead at 71

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The Christmas Pageant stillActor Edward Herrmann, who played the father of the “Gilmore Girls” and as the head vampire Max in Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire classic The Lost Boys, has passed away at the age of 71 due to complications from his previously-diagnosed brain cancer, according to his manager (via BuzzFeed News).  TMZ reports that Herrmann had been in the ICU for three-and-a-half weeks before his family decided to take him off his respirator seeing no signs of improvement. 

Herrmann started his career in the early ’70s with roles in classic films like The Paper ChaseThe Great Gatsby and The Great Waldo Pepper, as well playing Franklin D. Roosevelt in a series of “Eleanor and Franklin” TV movies for which he received two Emmy nominations.

He won his first and only Emmy in 1999 for his guest appearances on “The Practice” after four previous Emmy nominations, two for the “Eleanor and Franklin” movies and two for appearing on “St. Elsewhere.” He also won his first Tony for the 1976 play “Mr. Warren’s Profession” and a second one seven years later for “Plenty.”

Possibly some of his most notable roles were playing the vampire Max in 1987’s The Lost Boys and father to Macaulay Culkin’s Richie Rich in the 1994 movie. 

He then became a series regular on the WB show “Gilmore Girls’ through its entire run from 2000 – 2007 and most recently appeared on episodes of “The Good Wife” and “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS and “Black Box” on ABC. 

Herrmann’s distinctive voice could also be heard narrating many documentaries and TV specials including his return to voice Franklin Roosevelt on PBS’s “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

Herrmann is survived by three children from his two marriages.