Richard Herd, the revered actor who is known for his role as Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld and appeared in notable films such as All the President’s Men and Get Out, died yesterday, as reported by Deadline. The 87 year-old passed away of cancer-related complications at his home in Los Angeles which was announced by his wife, actress Patricia Crowder Herd.
Herd appeared in a myriad of television series and films, playing supporting, recurring and occasional guest roles. He took on roles in T.J. Hooker, NBC miniseries V and its sequel, Dallas, ER, numerous Star Trek projects, The O.C., NYPD Blue, Shameless and many more. He appeared most notably on Seinfeld where he appeared in 11 episodes as Mr. Wilhelm, George Costanza’s demanding supervisor.
He moved on to the big screen, his extensive film credits including Get Out (2017), Dog Days of Summer (2007), The Survivor (1998), Private Benjamin (1980), The China Syndrome (1979), All the President’s Men (1976) and Hercules in New York (1969).
Spokesperson for the Herd family Alicia Ruskin confirmed the news to USA TODAY saying, “I can confirm that Richard passed away yesterday morning at age 87 of cancer at his home in Los Angeles in the company of his family. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Patricia, daughter Erica, son Rick and step-daughter Alicia.”
Celebrities reacted quickly and paid tribute to Herd using social media.
Jordan Peele (Get Out) tweeted out in remembrance of Herd:
RIP Richard Herd. A wonderful man and a true professional. We hadn’t talked much before he arrived on set for Get Out. I asked him to think of the scene as a viagra ad trying to hide deep rage. He responded “That sounds like all Viagra ads to me!” Then he absolutely nailed it. pic.twitter.com/t2dO01fent
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) May 26, 2020
Others also took to Twitter to pay their respects. See their tweets below:
It was a great honor to work with the wonderful actor and beautiful man Richard Herd .. I was so blessed to have had him on the set of my first big mini Series V .. RIP Richard … pic.twitter.com/VCaeRhzZT5
— Jane Badler (@janebadler) May 26, 2020
I want to say how much fun I had with Richard Herd. He was full of life and laughs and his sense of humor was infectious. We will all miss him. He was a great actor and we were lucky to have him on Voyager. God bless his loved ones and may they have comfort in their grief. RIP.
— Robert Beltran (@robertbeltran74) May 27, 2020
I have only just learned of the passing of Richard Herd, a lovely man and actor who played Mr. Wilhelm, George’s boss at the Yankees. He was a delight to know and work with. My sympathy to his family and friends. #RIPRichardHerd
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) May 27, 2020
So sad to hear of Richard Herd’s passing. I am proud to have played his television son. He had enormous talent and was an even more amazing human being. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/IHxufUhnhW
— robert duncan mcneill (@robertdmcneill) May 27, 2020