RIP Richard Herd

American actor Richard Herd, best known for his role on Seinfeld, has died. He was 87. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Herd’s wife of 40 years, actor Patricia Crowder Herd, said that the actor died from cancer-related causes at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Herd is best known for playing Mr Wilhelm on the iconic NBC comedy series Seinfeld. The character was the supervisor to George Costanza (Jason Alexander) while he worked for the New York Yankees. His TV credits include Star Trek: Voyager, a regular part on the ABC cop drama T. J. Hooker, and a role in the 1983 alien invasion mini series V.

All the President’s Men and The China Syndrome, were also some of his films. SAG-AFTRA also paid tribute to Herd. The labour union wrote alongside a Variety article announcing his death,”Mourning the loss of #sagaftramember Richard Herd, who entertained us in roles from ‘All the President’s Men’ to Seinfeld. Herd was a national board member for almost 10 years and served a 2-year term as SAG’s 3rd national vice president in 1999.” Herd was also a painter and made his own jewellery, in addition to his career in front of the camera. Herd is also survived by daughter Erica, son Rick, and stepdaughter Alicia.

He was well known in the science fiction community for his role in the 1983 NBC miniseries V and 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, as John, the Visitors’ Supreme Commander. Other major roles in his career included recurring parts on the NBC series seaQuest DSV as Admiral William Noyce; on Star Trek: Voyager as Admiral Owen Paris, the father of helmsman Tom Paris; and as George Costanza’s boss Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld. In two guest appearances on Quantum Leap, he played children’s show host “Captain Galaxy”, a would-be time traveler, and a miner named Ziggy Ziganovich. Herd has appeared at a number of fan conventions on the basis of his science fiction roles.