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Also Known As: Ed Herrmann, Edward Kirk Herrmann, Edward Herrman Died:
Born: July 21, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, director

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The embodiment of erudite, well-bred men of means in American entertainment, Edward Herrmann was an Emmy- and Tony-winning actor whose gift for quiet drama and frothy comedy enlivened such projects as "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC, 1976), "Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (NBC, 1978), "Reds" (1981), "The Lost Boys" (1987) and "Gilmore Girls" (The WB, 2000-07). Tall, reserved and possessed of a marvelously fluid voice, Herrmann's characters ran the gamut of the rich, intelligent and powerful - from multiple portrayals of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the kindly founder of St. Eligius hospital on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88) to a venal William Randolph Hearst in the feature film "The Cat's Meow" and the chilly patriarch on "Gilmore Girls." In all cases, Herrmann's portrayals found the humanity behind the occasionally stuffy veneer of his roles, which kept him busy in films, documentary narration, advertising and on television and the stage for over four decades.

The embodiment of erudite, well-bred men of means in American entertainment, Edward Herrmann was an Emmy- and Tony-winning actor whose gift for quiet drama and frothy comedy enlivened such projects as "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC, 1976), "Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (NBC, 1978), "Reds" (1981), "The Lost Boys" (1987) and "Gilmore Girls" (The WB, 2000-07). Tall, reserved and possessed of a marvelously fluid voice, Herrmann's characters ran the gamut of the rich, intelligent and powerful - from multiple portrayals of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the kindly founder of St. Eligius hospital on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88) to a venal William Randolph Hearst in the feature film "The Cat's Meow" and the chilly patriarch on "Gilmore Girls." In all cases, Herrmann's portrayals found the humanity behind the occasionally stuffy veneer of his roles, which kept him busy in films, documentary narration, advertising and on television and the stage for over four decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 You Are Here (2014)
7.
 Skeptic, The (2009)
9.
 Wedding Daze (2006)
10.
 Factory Girl (2006)
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Raised in Detroit, Michigan
1971:
Off-Broadway debut, "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"
1972:
Feature debut, bit role, "Lady Liberty"
1972:
Broadway debut, "Moonchildren"
1973:
First substantial role in a feature, Anderson in "The Paper Chase"
1975:
Debut as TV series regular, "Beacon Hill"
1976:
Co-starred on Broadway in "Mrs. Warren's Proffesion"
1976:
Breakthrough TV performance as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC)
1977:
Reprised role as Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC)
1981:
Stage directing debut, "Private Lives", Portland (Maine) Stage Company
1982:
Played Roosevelt in "Annie"
1984:
Portrayed Alger Hiss in the PBS miniseries "Concealed Enemies"
1987:
Co-starred as the headmaster in "The Prodigious Hickey" (PBS)
1988:
Reprised headmaster in sequel "The Return of Hickey" (PBS)
1988:
Hosted "Our Century" on Arts & Entertainment (A&E) network
1989:
Again played the headmaster in second sequel "The Beginning of the Firm" (PBS)
1995:
Played Herman Munster in "Here Come the Munsters" (Fox)
1995:
Cast as Nelson Rockefeller in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"
1997:
Had recurring role on the ABC drama series "The Practice"
2000:
Played regular role of the father and grandfather of the titular "Gilmore Girls" on that WB series
2001:
Cast as William Randolph Hearst in "The Cat's Meow"
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Education

Dallas Theatre Centre: Dallas , Texas -
Bucknell University: Lewisburg , Pennsylvania - 1965
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: - 1968 - 1969

Notes

"But you see, I'm cowardly and frightened, I'm basically a nervous person, and I'm reluctant to initiate my own projects. I had been with [agent] Robbie Lantz for a long time, but I couldn't get him on the phone." --Edward Herrmann

"I wear glasses. I usually speak in complete sentences. That makes people nervous." --Edward Herrmann

"[Doing "Annie"] was a disastrous choice, but how else would I get a chance to meet John Huston?" --Edward Herrmann

"You can't have a society with healthy values by creating images of destruction. The way our society works now, if a man wants to have feelings and express them, you're forced to be gay. If you want to hold to masculine values, you have to join the NRA." --Edward Herrmann

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wife:
Leigh Curran. Actor, playwright. Married on September 9, 1978.

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father:
John Anthony Herrmann.
mother:
Jean Eleanor Herrmann.

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