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Edward Herrmann ‘Gilmore Girls’ actor dies on New Year’s Eve

After battling brain cancer for three weeks, actor, Edward Herrmann's family told TMZ that he has been taken off life support on New Year's Eve.

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  play Edward Herrmann dies on New Year's Eve. (Gilmore News)

Noted stage and screen actor, Edward Herrmann, best known for playing Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, has died at 71.

According to TMZ, Edward Herrmann’s family said the actor had been battling brain cancer and had been in ICU at a New York hospital for over three weeks. It was revealed that a decision was reached by the family members to take him off life support on Wednesday, December 31.

Herrmann began his career in theater. One of the first professional productions he appeared in was the U.S. premiere of Michael Weller's Moonchildren at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in November 1971.

Herrmann was known for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the made-for-television movies, Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, in 1976 and 1977 respectively. His roles in both of the movies earned him earned him Best Actor Emmy Award nominations. From 2000-07, he portrayed Richard Gilmore on The WB's Gilmore Girls

He won the Tony Award for Best Actor for his work on Broadway's Mrs. Warren's Profession in 1976.

In more recent years, Herrmann made guest appearances on TV shows such as Law & Order, Harry's Law, and The Good Wife. He recently wrapped the film, Coach of the Year, which is set for a 2015 release.

Herrmann is survived by his wife, Star Benson, and the couple's two children. He also has three other children, whom he shared with his first ex-wife, actress-writer, Leigh Curran.

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