Actor Edward Herrmann, best known for his roles in TV show Gilmore Girls and vampire movie The Lost Boys, has died aged 71.
The 6ft 5in star had been diagnosed with brain cancer and was in intensive care in New York before his death on Wednesday.
His son Rory said in a statement: “He was full of knowledge and kindness and goodness.
“He always wanted to share the great and beautiful things in life.”
Herrmann played the beloved grandfather Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, a waspish family drama set in a storybook Connecticut town.
Lauren Graham, who played Herrmann’s on-screen daughter Lorelai Gilmore during the show’s seven series, remembered the actor as the “kindest, classiest, most talented man” and said it was a “devastating blow to lose him”.
“Ed Herrmann’s combination of pure charisma plus his distinctive voice lit up any room he entered,” she added.
“He had a gentlemanly manner, a wicked sense of humour, and a sharp wit. He was well-read, interesting, and just plain fun to be around.”