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Actor and Army veteran Richard Herd, who appeared on 'Seinfeld' and in 'Get Out,' dies at 87

Richard Herd is shown during a 2013 appearance on "Rizzoli & Isles."

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By RAY KELLY | The Republican | Published: May 29, 2020

(Tribune News Service) Richard Herd, a character actor who appeared in scores of films and television series, died on Tuesday. He was 87.

Herd died of cancer-related causes at Los Angeles home, his wife of 40 years, actress Patricia Crowder Herd, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Before he became an actor, her served in the U.S. Army during the Korea War, according to Entertainment Weekly. Herd's film credits ranged from roles in the acclaimed political drama "All the President's Men" to the 2017 thriller "Get Out."

A self-proclaimed Boston Red Sox fan, Herd appeared in 11 episodes of "Seinfeld" as Mr. Wilhem, George Costanza's demanding boss at the New York Yankees.

Herd also had a roles on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "T.J. Hooker." He made appearances on "Kojak" "NYPD Blue," "ER," "Quantum Leap" and "Dallas," among numerous other series.

He kept active on stage and co-starred in "The Big Knife" at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge in 1983.

In 2005, Herd, who had served on the Screen Actors Guild board of directors, offered a workshop on auditioning during an appearance in Springfield.

"The audition is the turning point in many careers, he told The Republican. "You have three minutes. You can end up with a part in a seven-year series and end up a millionaire."

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