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Seinfeld and Star Trek actor Richard Herd dies at the age of 87 after a battle with cancer

Richard Herd died at the age of 87 from cancer-related causes.

The character actor died at his Los Angeles home this week while family was around him, a representative said The Wrap on Tuesday.

The Massachusetts native had a long and fruitful career that starred in the 1979 classic film The China Syndrome starring Jane Fonda, but he was perhaps best known for his role in Seinfeld as George Costanza’s boss.

Sad Loss to Hollywood: Richard Herd passed away at the age of 87 after a long battle with cancer. Seen in 2015

Sad Loss to Hollywood: Richard Herd passed away at the age of 87 after a long battle with cancer. Seen in 2015

The star worked on 11 episodes of the series with Jerry Seinfeld. His character as George’s boss, Mr. Wilhelm, with the Yankees is unforgettable.

Constanza was played by Jason Alexander, one of the main protagonists in the series that aired from 1989 to 1998.

Herd had said in the past that it was “easy” to get the part.

A memorable appearance: the star was perhaps best known for his role in Seinfeld as George Costanza's boss with the Yankees; seen with Jason Alexander, right

A memorable appearance: the star was perhaps best known for his role in Seinfeld as George Costanza's boss with the Yankees; seen with Jason Alexander, right

A memorable appearance: the star was perhaps best known for his role in Seinfeld as George Costanza’s boss with the Yankees; seen with Jason Alexander, right

He had stamina: the star worked on 11 episodes of the series with Jerry Seinfeld. His character as George's boss, Mr. Wilhelm

He had stamina: the star worked on 11 episodes of the series with Jerry Seinfeld. His character as George's boss, Mr. Wilhelm

He had stamina: the star worked on 11 episodes of the series with Jerry Seinfeld. His character as George’s boss, Mr. Wilhelm

‘It was fun. It was very inviting, “he told The Hollywood Reporter.

“And when 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 out and play with us.” ‘

Other TV shows in which he appeared were TJ Hooker and Star Trek.

Another hit series: Herd with Adrian Zmed, William Shatner and Heather Locklear on TJ Hooker in 1982

Another hit series: Herd with Adrian Zmed, William Shatner and Heather Locklear on TJ Hooker in 1982

Another hit series: Herd with Adrian Zmed, William Shatner and Heather Locklear on TJ Hooker in 1982

A good line-up of stars: with Jane Badler, Peter Nelson and Andrew Prine in V: The Final Battle in 1984

A good line-up of stars: with Jane Badler, Peter Nelson and Andrew Prine in V: The Final Battle in 1984

A good line-up of stars: with Jane Badler, Peter Nelson and Andrew Prine in V: The Final Battle in 1984

Herd’s Star Trek shows were Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Renegades.

The Los Angeles native seemed to appear on every TV series.

He has been on Quantum Leap, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, NYPD Blue, M * A * S * H, The Rockford Files, The Feather and Father Gang, Golden Girls, Starsky & Hutch.

Sci-Fi Fun: Herd's Star Trek shows included Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Renegades. Here he is seen as L'Kor on Next Generation

Sci-Fi Fun: Herd's Star Trek shows included Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Renegades. Here he is seen as L'Kor on Next Generation

Sci-Fi Fun: Herd’s Star Trek shows included Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Renegades. Here he is seen as L’Kor on Next Generation

He made the Star Trek book: Herd on the first day of The Hollywood Show in LA in 2015

He made the Star Trek book: Herd on the first day of The Hollywood Show in LA in 2015

He made the Star Trek book: Herd on the first day of The Hollywood Show in LA in 2015

There were also The A-Team, Murder She Wrote, Midnight Caller, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The O.C., and many others.

On Hart To Hart, he played two episodes and played two different police officers:

And he hit the popular night soaps like Dallas, Dynasty and Falcon’s Crest.

And in 1983 and 1984 he starred in the TV series V as John, the commander in chief of the visitors.

His husband: The artist is survived by Patricia Crowder Herd (photo in 2004), his wife of 40 years, as well as his son, daughter and stepdaughter

His husband: The artist is survived by Patricia Crowder Herd (photo in 2004), his wife of 40 years, as well as his son, daughter and stepdaughter

His husband: The artist is survived by Patricia Crowder Herd (photo in 2004), his wife of 40 years, as well as his son, daughter and stepdaughter

In 2007 he played J. Howard Marshall in The Anna Nicole Smith Story.

His film career was also huge and varied. His first major film was The China Syndrome, but he also worked on All The President’s Men and, much more recently, Get Out, as well as Clint Eastwood’s 2018 film The Mule.

His first ever role was in the 1970 film Hercules in New York.

The artist is survived by Patricia Crowder Herd, his 40-year-old wife, as well as his son, daughter and stepdaughter.

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