Beloved US TV actor Edward Herrmann has died, aged 71.

The Gilmore Girls star, who also appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, The Practice, St Elsewhere, The Good Wife and Oz, passed away on December 31 after a battle with brain cancer.

Herrmann began his onscreen acting career in the early 1970s with roles as baseball great Lou Gehrig and Franklin D. Roosevelt in TV movies.

He also appeared in the films The Great Waldo Pepper, The Great Gatsby, The Betsy, Harry’s War, Reds, The Purple Rose of Cairo and The Aviator.

Herrmann had just completed work on new film Coach of the Year, which is set for release later this year, when he fell ill.

The actor picked up a 1976 Best Actor Tony Award for his role in George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession. He was nominated again in 1983 for Plenty.

He portrayed US president Franklin Roosevelt three times and hosted the documentary FDR: A Presidency Revealed.

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