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    Richard Herd, 'Seinfeld' and 'Star Trek' actor, dies at age 87

    Character actor that's been around for decades in movies and TV shows. Remember him well although I never knew his name.
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    "Seinfeld" actor Richard Herd has died at age 87.

    A rep for Herd told The Wrap that the veteran character actor died of cancer-related causes, surrounded by his family at home in Los Angeles.

    Herd appeared in 11 episodes of "Seinfeld," playing Mr. Wilhelm — George Costanza's (Jason Alexander) boss, while George worked for the New York Yankees. Herd acted alongside the show's caricature of George Steinbrenner, who was then the owner of the baseball team, voiced by the show's co-creator Larry David.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Boston-born Herd once described his "Seinfeld" audition, by saying, "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 was 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 playing 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 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, as well as his son, daughter and stepdaughter.

    Richard Herd, 'Seinfeld' and 'Star Trek' actor, dies at age 87

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    I thought he was very funny on Seinfeld

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    I thought he was very funny on Seinfeld
    I recognised his image. The list of things he was in is long Richard Herd - Wikipedia.

    Never watched Seinfeld (or GoT)

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    Oh I loved his character on Seinfeld! That whole ensemble of characters worked perfectly into every script. IMHO, Seinfeld is the best comedy program ever in my generation, right up there with I Love Lucy. I don't think it'll ever be topped.
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