Line up Gilmore Girls in your Netflix queue and have some tissues at the ready — Edward Herrmann, the star best known for his role as the wise grandfather Gilmore, died Wednesday. He was 71.
According to Herrmann’s son, Rory, via the Associated Press, the actor died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital of brain cancer, an illness he had been battling for some time. He had been hospitalized there for several weeks, the AP reports, and died surrounded by family members, including his wife and three children.
“He was full of knowledge and kindness and goodness… he always wanted to share the great and beautiful things in life,” said Rory Herrmann.
His son also said Herrmann had a passion for classic cars, art and music. His favorite role was playing U.S. president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, which he did in multiple 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, according to the AP.
His deep, booming voice was heard in documentaries and hundreds of audiobooks, including the voice of FDR in this year’s PBS documentary series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
His recent big screen projects included appearances in Reds and The Wolf of Wall Street, as well as the TV series The Good Wife and How I Met Your Mother.
Gilmore Girls costar, Lauren Graham, was one of many in Hollywood to mourn Herrmann’s passing, tweeting Wednesday morning, “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.”
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.
— Lauren Graham (@thelaurengraham) December 31, 2014