He was perhaps most beloved for his role as the Gilmore family patriarch on Gilmore Girls
, which aired on the WB from 2000-2007. "Richard Gilmore was a treat," he told the A.V. Club
in 2012 of his experience. "And I fell deeply in love with Alexis [Bledel]. She had been a model, but this was her first real role, and it was for a one-camera hour show, the toughest thing you can do...[S]he's brilliant. And she's so sweet, such a kind person. She's terrific."