Stan Kirsch, a veteran actor best known for his starring role on the Highlander television series, has reportedly committed suicide. As reported by TMZ, the actor's wife, Kristyn Green, found Kirsch's body hanging in the bathroom of their Los Angeles home on Saturday, though the circumstances leading up to the apparent suicide aren't yet clear. Paramedics were quickly dispatched to the residence when the body was found, but Kirsch was unfortunately pronounced dead on the scene and there was nothing they could do to save him. He was just 51 years old.
Born in New York City in 1968, Kirsch knew very early on in his life he wanted to be an actor, starting his acting career when he was still a very young child. At the age of 4, he secured his first acting gig by appearing in multiple television commercials for Campbell's soup products. He would later attend Duke University with a major in political science, but Stan Kirsch was clearly never quite able to shake the acting bug, pursuing filmmaking and acting work for the rest of his life.
Perhaps the claim to fame for Kirsch came with his starring role on the Highlander television series, which initially debuted in 1992. On the show, Kirsch portrayed lead character Richie Ryan from the inception of the series until season 5 when the actor chose to leave, though he also came back for a special appearance in the series finale. The official Facebook page for Highlander: The Series also recognized Kirsch's death with a touching statement posted online. "Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series would have been far less. He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful enthusiasm to the character of Richie Ryan for six seasons," the post reads.
Following the success of his role on Highlander: The Series, Kirsch continued to work in television by appearing in a variety of shows. This includes parts on Friends, JAG, Love Boat: The Next Wave, and Family Law. He has several film credits as well, appearing in movies like Shallow Ground, Straight Eye: The Movie, and Deep Rescue. In 2008, Kirsch also focused his talents on helping other aspiring actors rising up in the business by opening his own acting studio called Stan Kirsch Studios. According to the website, Stan taught his students how to utilize his "no bullshit approach [which] incorporates all acting methods, practical tools and how to utilize them in the audition room and on set."
Kristyn Green, Kirsch's wife, also spoke about her husband's sudden passing in a statement released online. "I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. I haven't been able to respond to all the texts, calls, emails -- but have read or listened to every single one of them. I feel surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each and every one of you," she writes in the statement. At this time, our thoughts are with her and everyone else affected by Kirsch's shocking passing. May he rest in peace. This news comes to us from TMZ.