Richard Herd — the 'Seinfeld' Actor Who Played Mr. Wilhelm — Dies at 87
Published May 26, 2020Richard Herd — the veteran character actor best known for portraying Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld — has died. Herd passed away in his Los Angeles home earlier today following a battle with cancer. He was 87.
With Seinfeld, Herd made multiple appearances on the beloved '90s sitcom created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, with the actor played the bumbling boss of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) at the New York Yankees.
After landing a job on George Steinbrenner's team as an assistant to the travelling secretary, Costanza and Wilhelm gave us a series of classic Seinfeld moments, including episodes like "The Bottle Deposit," "The Checks" and "The Millennium."
"He was always doing things that never got done and always going over to Mr. Steinbrenner and apologizing to him," Herd said of Wilhelm in a 2016 interview [via The Hollywood Reporter]. "Some days, he had clear days, other days he didn't. He was very vulnerable. He had an odd sense of humour. … He was way out there on occasion. I've taken a few trips out there, so I know all about it."
Beyond Seinfeld, Herd had notable TV roles on the '80s NBC miniseries V, as well as on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Renegades. Herd also played Captain Sheridan, William Shatner's boss, on the cop show T.J. Hooker, among multiple other TV roles.
On the silver screen, Herd made film appearances in All the President's Men and The China Syndrome, in addition to more recently taking on a role in Jordan Peele's Get Out.