Richard Herd was a veteran character actor well known for his role as George’s boss with the Yankees, Mr. Wilhelm, on “Seinfeld.”
- Died: Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Who else died on May 26?)
- Details of Death: Died at the age of 87 from cancer.
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Herd was a longtime character actor who mostly appeared on television with a few movie roles. He had a recurring role as Captain Sheridan on the police drama “T.J. Hooker, which starred William Shatner. He also appeared on various “Star Trek” series, “V”,”The Rockford Files,” and “Golden Girls.” On the big screen, he had roles in “All the President’s Men” and “The China Syndrome.” He may be best known for his 11 appearances on the critically acclaimed “Seinfeld,” playing Mr. Wilhelm, the dim boss of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) at the New York Yankees.
On Being Cast as Mr. Wilhelm
“It was easy. It was fun. It was very inviting,” he recalled. “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.’” – According to the Hollywood Reporter
What they said about him
Full Obituary: The Hollywood Reporter