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Actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71

Emmy Award-winning actor Edward Herrmann has died. He was 71.

His manager, Robbie Kass, confirmed his death to CBS News, noting, "Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed."

TMZ was the first to report the news, revealing that Hermann had been battling cancer and was in a hospital ICU over the past month. He died Wednesday morning at a New York hospital.

Herrmann was probably best known for playing Richard Gilmore on the "Gilmore Girls," which ran from 2000-2007.

Herrmann won a best-actor Tony Award for George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession" in 1976. He was later nominated for best actor in a play in 1983 for "Plenty." Herrmann toke home an Emmy in 1999 for a guest appearance on "The Practice."

Born on July 21, 1943 in Washington, DC, Herrmann was a graduate of Bucknell University and started his career in theater.

He appeared in several episodes of "The Good Wife," and also graced the small screen in "How I Met Your Mother," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Grey's Anatomy." He played Franklin Roosevelt three times on television.

He also did voice work, recently doing the voice-over for the Stratton Oakmont commercial in "The Wolf of Wall Street." He also did several Dodge commercials and voiced a character on "American Dad!"

In 1999, he hosted a program on The History Channel called "History's Lost and Found."

He had been married twice.

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