Richard Erdman, the character actor best known for his role as Leonard Rodriguez in the NBC comedy series Community, died on Saturday, March 16. He was 93.
His passing was confirmed by film historian and his friend Alan K. Rode and it was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Rode shared a tweet on Saturday, writing, "Goodbye pal. Dick Erdman 1925-2019."
Here's the tweet, check it out.
Goodbye pal. Dick Erdman 1925-2019 pic.twitter.com/oA9pjz04O9— Alan K. Rode (@alancinephile) 17 March 2019
He had multiple significant roles for over seven decades in movies and television shows such as The Twilight Zone and Stalag 17.
Richard, who portrayed one of a group of elderly students on Community, so impressed legendary director Michael Curtiz and thus, he was quick to be signed to a contract at Warner Bros.
Shortly after Richard's death news emerged, multiple celebrities, including his fellow Community co-stars took to social media sites and paid tribute to him.
His fellow Community star Joel McHale shared a tweet to pay repect to him. He wrote, "Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you ‘Leonard'."
Yvette Nicole Brown, meanwhile, tweeted,
I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was JOY walking. Anyone who saw him on @CommunityTV gleeflully stealing every scene he was in knows that’s true.
Funeral and memorial services for the late Community actor will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Richard Erdman!
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