“Seinfeld” actor Richard Herd has died at age 87.
A rep for Herd told The Wrap that veteran character actor died of cancer-related causes, surrounded by his family at home in Los Angeles.
Herd appeared in 11 episodes of the hit series as Mr. Wilhelm — George Costanza’s (Jason Alexander) boss in recurring seasons, while George worked for the Yankees. He acted opposite the show’s caricature of George Steinbrenner, the former Yankee’s owner voiced by the show’s co-creator Larry David.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Boston-born Herd has said about his “Seinfeld” audition, “It was easy. It was fun. It was very inviting. And as I left, I turned around and said, ‘Look, I have to tell you this. I hope it doesn’t make a difference, but I’m a Red Sox fan.’ And they all threw their scripts at me. The next day they said, ‘Come on out and play with us.’ ”
In addition to “Seinfeld,” Herd is also known for “All the President’s Men” (he played James W. McCord, Jr), Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” the original 1983 “V” miniseries as well as its 1984 sequel and he played Captain Sheridan (William Shatner’s boss) on cop drama “T.J. Hooker.”
He also appeared on several different “Star Trek” series, including “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: Renegades,” and he made his imprint on TV with one-off appearances on a wide range of classic shows, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The O.C.” and “NYPD Blue.”
He’s survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Crowder Herd, and his son, daughter, and stepdaughter.
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