Some sad news today as we just learned that Get Out and Tales from the Crypt actor Richard Herd died of cancer-related causes at his home in Los Angeles Tuesday at the age of 87. He was born in Boston on September 26, 1932.
Herd is best known around these parts for his role in writer-director Jordan Peele’s neo-masterpiece Get Out. But Herd was also known for roles in films such as All the President’s Men, The China Syndrome, Private Benjamin, Sgt. Bilko, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Not to mention such TV shows as V, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Rizzoli & Isles, Shameless, Hawaii Five-O, three seasons of Seinfeld, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Killed By Death” and the Tales from the Crypt episode “Deadline”
Herd survived a serious illness as a child and said the experience helped shape his career: “I had osteomyelitis, a serious bone infection, and almost didn’t survive. I became ill in second grade and went to the Cotting School, as it’s now known, in Lexington, for young people with various ailments. I was in and out of Boston Children’s Hospital. Lying there, month after month, you become very stoic. It really stimulated my imagination, and I think actually helped me later as an actor.”
Survivors include his daughter Erica, son Rick and stepdaughter Alicia.