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Seinfeld, Star Trek Actor Richard Herd Dies at 87

Richard Herd, who starred as Wilhelm on the comedy Seinfeld, died today. He was 87.

His wife of 40 years, Patricia Crowder Herd, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. He died in his home in Los Angeles of cancer-related causes.

Aside from Seinfeld, Herd appears in various Star TrekTV series. He guest-starred in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and also appeared in Star Trek: Voyager as Adm. Owen Paris. He reprised the role in 2015 in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Renegades.

Born in 1932 in Boston, Mass., Herd made his first film appearance in 1970's Hercules in New York. However, his big break did not arrive until 1979 when he starred in The China Syndrome. He was inducted into the National Broadcaster Hall of Fame and served as the 3rd National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild.

Herd's other TV and movie credits include All the President's Men, M*A*S*H, Dallas, V, V: The Final Battle, T.J. Hooker, The A-Team, Knight Rider, Dynasty, Simon & Simon, The Golden Girls, SeaQuest 2032, ER, Walker, Texas Ranger, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Get Out, The Mule and many more.

He is survived by his wife, daughter Erica, son Rick and stepdaughter Alicia.