According to The Hollywood Reporter, Herd’s wife of 40 years, actress Patricia Crowder Herd, said that Herd died from cancer-related causes at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Herd played Mr. Wilhelm on the iconic NBC comedy series. The character was the supervisor to George Costanza (Jason Alexander) while he worked for the New York Yankees.
“’Seinfeld’ was one of the best jobs I ever had,” Herd said during an interview in 2019 with the St. Charles Herald Guide. “There were no ‘stars’ on that show, they were all genuinely nice people to work with. It got me a tremendous amount of recognition and still does because it plays all the time.”
His other 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 miniseries “V.”
He also had roles in films such as “All the President’s Men” and “The China Syndrome.”
“Get Out” director Jordan Peele paid tribute to Herd on Twitter as he had a small role in the Oscar-winning horror movie.
SAG-AFTRA also paid tribute to Herd.
“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,” the labor union wrote alongside a Variety article announcing his death.
In addition to his career in front of the camera, Herd was also a painter and made his own jewelry.
“All my lamps and jewelry are made from scratch – they’re one of a kind,” Herd told the St. Charles Herald Guide. “I work with chrome, brass, bone, copper, steel, aluminum, tin, old wood and most anything rusted. I find it in junkyards, on the streets, motorcycle shops, old school band rooms, and people also give me stuff. I create it for myself and if others like it, bravo!”
Herd is also survived by daughter Erica, son Rick, and stepdaughter Alicia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.