Edward Herrmann, star of stage and screen, died today at age 71 after an ongoing battle with brain cancer.  Herrmann had been on life support in ICU for the last 3 1/2 weeks in a hospital in New York.  Sources close to the family report that they made the decision to remove the respirator this morning.

More recently known for his roles on the small screen in the popular television series “Gilmore Girls” and “The Good Wife”, Herrmann made his onscreen acting debut in 1973 in The Paper Chase.  He would go on to give memorable performances as FDR in two separate TV movies about the former president’s life as well as beginning a lasting career as a narrator for documentaries on PBS and the History Channel and for numerous commercials.  In 1976, he won the esteemed Tony award for best performance by a leading man in a play for his performance in Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

His former co-stars released statements today in which they spoke of his kind and genteel manner and the gracious way he approached the acting profession.

Often playing wealthy, classy millionaires, the towering 6’5″ actor made a departure in 1987 when he starred as head vampire, Max, in the horror classic The Lost Boys.  Though he never returned to the genre save for an appearance in the comedy/horror films, My Boyfriend’s Back and Here Come the Munsters, Herrmann will live on in horror history.