If that saying we always say when a famous person dies, “They die in threes,” is true, then Heaven’s newest 3 is Christine Cavanaugh, Luise Rainer and Edward Hermann. Everyone who watched and was all about The Gilmore Girls is going to pour out an extra one into their mouth holes tonight in honor Rory’s pepaw who died this morning at a hospital in New York. He was 71.
TMZ says that Edward has been battling brain cancer and was in ICU for over three weeks. His condition never got better, so his family made the decision to take him off the respirator this morning. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Star Hayner and his 3 kids.
Besides The Gilmore Girls, Edward Hermann was pretty much in EVERYTHING. He was in the original Great Gatsby movie, Harry’s War, Annie, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Richie Rich. He was the head vampire in The Lost Boys and he got 2 Emmy nominations for playing Franklin Roosevelt in 2 TV movies. He won an Emmy for a guest role in The Practice and won a Tony for Best Performance By A Featured Actor in a Play in 1976 for Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Lauren Graham said a few nice words about her TV dad on Twitter and Kelly Bishop, who played his wife Emily in The Gilmore Girls, released this statement:
We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from [Edward’s wife] Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren [Graham], Alexis [Bledel] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.
If you’re an 80s ho like me, then you probably best know Edward Hermann as Goldie Hawn’s bimbo-loving, party hard husband in Overboard. Pour one out for Grant.
Rest in peace, Edward Hermann. You are now with the angels on a yacht and I’m sure one of them is named Tofutti Klein: