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'Community' Actor Richard Erdman Has Died, Aged 93

Hollywood veteran and 'Community' cast member Richard Erdman has passed away at 93.

The actor's death was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter after film historian Alan K. Rode wrote of his passing on Twitter.

Erdman was known more recently for his role as perpetual student Leonard Rodriguez on Community but had an illustrious career in Hollywood that began in 1944 when he signed a studio contract with Warner Bros.

He appeared in multiple films and TV shows including Stalag 17, Cheers, I Dream Of Jeannie, The Twilight Zone and Beverley Hills 90210. 

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Erdman starred in 53 episodes of Community between 2009-2015 with his character memorably the centre of the long-running "Shut up, Leonard" gag.

His castmates including Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and have been paying tribute to his life and career on social media.

"I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready," wrote Brown on Twitter.

"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," she said.

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