Edward Herrmann, an actor who became familiar across a spectrum of popular entertainment, died Wednesday in New York. He was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his son, Rory Herrmann, said.

Early in his career, his best-known role was Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a pair of TV movies in the 1970s. He played Roosevelt in the 1982 movie version of the musical "Annie," directed by John Huston, and he was the voice of FDR in the Ken Burns documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."

But he was better known lately as Richard Gilmore, the doting, upper-crust grandfather on the popular series "Gilmore Girls." His urbane tones were heard on a variety of other documentaries and on hundreds of audio books including Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken." He had recently narrated a documentary on cancer, Rory Herrmann said.

He appeared often on the big screen, in major films including "Reds" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," and was an acclaimed stage actor whose Tony-winning performance came in 1976 for a revival of "Mrs. Warren's Profession" opposite Lynn Redgrave.

His other Broadway credits included the original run of "Love Letters" in 1989, "The Deep Blue Sea" with Blythe Danner in 1998 and "Plenty," for which he received a 1983 Tony nomination.

Slash ends 13-year marriage

Guitarist Slash has filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years. Court documents filed in Los Angeles cite irreconcilable differences for Slash and Perla Hudson's split. Slash's real name is Saul Hudson. The performer and Perla were married in 2001, and he also filed for divorce in 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have two sons. The documents say the couple separated June 15. The 49-year-old musician has had success as a solo star and in the bands Velvet Revolver and Guns N' Roses, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Farewell: Blues musician Melvin Jackson, who performed for years with legends B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland, has died. He was 79. Jackson died Tuesday at a hospice in Las Vegas after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The trumpeter and saxophone player started performing as a child. He quit performing in September.

Charged: A former North Dakota college football player is facing a charge of stalking billionaire David Geffen. Jamie Ralph Kuntz, 21, was ordered to return to Los Angeles Superior Court on charges that he violated an order to stay away from the entertainment mogul. Kuntz pleaded not guilty in December and is being held on $150,000 bail.

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