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Edward Herrmann

Biography

Established actor famous for his narration of many programs on THE ANNALS Route and his performance as Richard Gilmore in Gilmore Ladies. He also starred in Eleanor and Franklin and narrated for NOVA. He started his acting profession in Broadway and segued into display acting. His child worked like a cafe chef in Beverly Hillsides. He was wedded to Leigh Curran from 1978 to 1986 and Celebrity Hayner from 1993 to his loss of life in 2014. He previously a complete of three kids called Rory, Ryan and Emma. He portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt within the 1976 film, Eleanor and Franklin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Edward Herrmann
Date Of Birth July 21, 1943
Died December 31, 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Washington, DC
Height 1.96 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Bucknell University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Nationality American
Spouse Star Herrmann, Leigh Curran
Children Rory Herrmann, Emma Herrmann, Ryan Herrmann
Parents Jean Eleanor Herrmann, John Anthony Herrmann
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program, Drama or Comedy, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, Audie Award for Young Adult
Movies The Lost Boys, Richie Rich, Annie, Overboard, Intolerable Cruelty, The Paper Chase, The Aviator, The Cat's Meow, Reds, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Great Waldo Pepper, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, The Emperor's Club, Big Business, Eleanor and Franklin, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, I Think I Love My Wife, Harry's War, Wedding Daze, The North Avenue Irregulars, The Great Gatsby, The Man with One Red Shoe, Factory Girl, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, My Boyfriend's Back, The Skeptic, The Betsy, Double Take, A Little Sex, The Day of the Dolphin, Born Yesterday, Mrs. Soffel, A Christmas Wish, Nixon, Here Come the Munsters, Treasure Buddies, Relative Strangers, Compromising Positions, Take Down, The Electric Grandmother, Price Check, The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, James Dean, Are You Here, A Foreign Field, Down, Foreign Student, Death Valley, Redemption: For Robbing the Dead, Bereft, A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story
TV Shows Gilmore Girls, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, The Practice, The Roosevelts, Oz, Eleanor and Franklin, Atomic Train, Russia, Land of the Tsars, Liberty!, The Presidents, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, The American Revolution, History's Lost & Found, New York: A Documentary Film, The States, Beacon Hill, Founding Fathers, The Ten Commandments, Founding Brothers
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 His remains were cremated.
2 His father was of German descent and his mother was of Irish and English ancestry.
3 One of his last acting credits was narrating a documentary series on cancer, while he himself was dying of brain cancer. He thought of it as a fitting and important final performance.
4 Was a TV pitchman for the now defunct Fair Financing Company which operated a Ponzi scheme by Tim Durham and others resulting in convictions for wire and securities fraud.
5 His future second wife, Star Roman, sued him for paternity after he fathered a child with her during the filming of Harry's War (1981).
6 Has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Reds (1981), The Aviator (2004) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
7 Known as "Mr. Pathmark" in the 1980s by appearing in a series of commercials for the grocery chain.
8 Currently the voice of many specials on The History Channel. [May 2004]
9 Bears a striking resemblance to Branch Rickey, whom he portrayed in Soul of the Game (1996).
10 He was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for his performance in "The Cherry Orchard", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
11 In 1999, he hosted a program on The History Channel, History's Lost & Found (1999) which chronicles the whereabouts of history's best known artifacts. Since that time Herrmann has hosted (or narrated) dozens of History Channel specials mostly about historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
12 He has played Franklin D. Roosevelt three times: Eleanor and Franklin (1976), Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) and Annie (1982). In 2005, he hosted the documentary, about Roosevelt, called FDR: A Presidency Revealed (2005).
13 Won his Tony the same year that Kelly Bishop - who portrays his wife in Gilmore Girls (2000) - won hers.
14 Won Broadway's 1976 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession." Was also Tony-nominated in 1983 as Best Actor (Play) for "Plenty.".
15 He has completed many voiceover assignments: from Dodge TV commercials, to documentaries to dozens of audiobooks (in many cases, using different accents and dialects).
16 He grew up in the Detroit area, studied drama in England at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (on a Fullbright Fellowship no less) and performed in several repertory stage productions in the Dallas area early in his career.
17 He loves restoring classic cars. He has several in his collection.
18 Member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Bucknell University, where he was a graduate.
19 Father of Ryen Herrmann and Emma Herrmann. His step-son Rory Herrmann (after the Gilmore Girls main character is named) works as Chef.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coach of the Year 2015 post-production Bill Ford
American Dad! 2012-2016 TV Series
Perception 2015 TV Series Jack Pierce
The Town That Dreaded Sundown 2014 Reverend Cartwright
Black Box 2014 TV Series Dr. Reynaud
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Stratton Oakmont Commercial (voice)
The Good Wife 2010-2013 TV Series Lionel Deerfield
How I Met Your Mother 2013 TV Series Reverend Robert Lowell
Are You Here 2013 Dr. Vincent
Heaven's Door 2013 Nate Christensen
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2013 TV Series Mr. Vogel
Christmas Oranges 2012 Mr. Crampton
Harry's Law 2012 TV Series Judge Lester Babcock
Treasure Buddies 2012 Video Philip Wellington
Price Check 2012 Jack Bennington
Wonder Woman 2011 TV Movie Senator Warren
The Christmas Pageant 2011 TV Movie Garrett Clark
A Christmas Wish 2011 TV Movie Les McCallum
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead 2011 Governor Dawson
Drop Dead Diva 2011 TV Series Reverend Phillips
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 Jeremiah Larson
Better with You 2011 TV Series Judge
Son of Morning 2011 Thomas
The Surge: The Untold Story 2010 Short Narrator
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Edward Herrmann 2009 TV Movie Narrator
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay 2009 Goodenough
Hatching Pete 2009 TV Movie Principal Fred Daly
The Skeptic 2009 Dr. Shepard (as Ed Herrmann)
Law & Order 1995-2009 TV Series Frederic Matson / Mr. Mosbeck / Drew Seely
30 Rock 2008 TV Series Walter
Andrew Jackson 2007 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
Grey's Anatomy 2007 TV Series Dr. Norman Shales
Gilmore Girls 2000-2007 TV Series Richard Gilmore
I Think I Love My Wife 2007 Mr. Landis
Eighty Acres of Hell 2006 TV Movie Narrator
Factory Girl 2006 James Townsend
The Mayflower 2006 TV Movie Narrator
Wedding Daze 2006 Lyle
Violent Earth: New England's Killer Hurricane 2006 TV Movie Narrator
Relative Strangers 2006 Doug Clayton
The Ten Commandments: Part 2 - The Laws of Man 2006 TV Movie Narrator
Bible Battles 2005 TV Special documentary Narrator (voice)
UFO Files 2005 TV Series documentary Narrator
Tom Goes to the Mayor 2005 TV Series Benjamin Kaplan
The Aviator 2004 Joseph Breen
Bereft 2004 Lloyd
Men of Valor 2004 Video Game Narrator (voice, as Edward Herman)
First Invasion: The War of 1812 2004 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Isaac's Storm 2004 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
Welcome to Mooseport 2004 Avery Hightower (Debate Moderator) (uncredited)
Intolerable Cruelty 2003 Rex Rexroth
Crossing Jordan 2003 TV Series Captain Thomas Malden
Oz 2000-2003 TV Series Harrison Beecher
The Emperor's Club 2002 Headmaster Woodbridge
The Practice 1997-2001 TV Series Anderson Pearson
James Dean 2001 TV Movie Raymond Massey
The Cat's Meow 2001 W.R. Hearst
The Shaft 2001 Milligan
Double Take 2001 Charles Allsworth
Walking Across Egypt 1999 Rev. Vernon
Vendetta 1999 TV Movie D.A. Luzenberg
Atomic Train 1999 TV Mini-Series The President
A Civil Action 1998 unconfirmed, uncredited
Saint Maybe 1998 TV Movie Doug Bedloe
Better Living 1998 Jack
Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 TV Mini-Series Narrator
Critical Care 1997 Robert Payne
Biography 1997 TV Series documentary Narrator
Pandora's Clock 1996 TV Mini-Series President
Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 TV Series Thomas Pandolfi
What Love Sees 1996 TV Movie Morton Treadway
A Season in Purgatory 1996 TV Movie Dr. Shugrue
Soul of the Game 1996 TV Movie Branch Rickey
Nixon 1995 Nelson Rockefeller (as Ed Herrmann)
Wings 1995 TV Series Y.M. Burg
Here Come the Munsters 1995 TV Movie Herman Munster
The Face on the Milk Carton 1995 TV Movie Frank Jessmon
Ri¢hie Ri¢h 1994 Richard Rich
Don't Drink the Water 1994 TV Movie Mr. Kilroy
Foreign Student 1994 Zachary 'Zach' Gilmore
Screen One 1993 TV Series Ralph
My Boyfriend's Back 1993 Mr. Dingle
Born Yesterday 1993 Ed Devery
Hero 1992/I Mr. Broadman - Man Committing Suicide (uncredited)
Fire in the Dark 1991 TV Movie Robert
Sweet Poison 1991 TV Movie Henry
The General Motors Playwrights Theater 1991 TV Series Ben Cunningham
So Proudly We Hail 1990 TV Movie James Wagner
Hothouse 1988 TV Series Woods
Big Business 1988 Graham Sherbourne
Overboard 1987 Grant Stayton III
The Lost Boys 1987 Max (as Ed Herrmann)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1987 TV Series Dr. Maxwell Stoddard / Litton
American Playhouse 1984-1987 TV Series Alger Hiss / Headmaster / Alger Hiss
The Lawrenceville Stories 1986-1987 TV Mini-Series Head Master
Laughter in the Dark 1986
St. Elsewhere 1984-1986 TV Series Father Joseph McCabe / Priest
Murrow 1986 TV Movie Fred Friendly
Compromising Positions 1985 Bob Singer
The Man with One Red Shoe 1985 Brown (as Ed Herrmann)
The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 Henry
Mrs. Soffel 1984 Warden Peter Soffel
Memorial Day 1983 TV Movie Ned Larwin
Freedom to Speak 1983 TV Mini-Series Andrew Carnegie Robert Ingersoll Abraham Lincoln ...
Annie 1982 FDR
A Little Sex 1982 Tommy
The Gift of Life 1982 TV Movie Dr. Quinn
Death Valley 1982 Paul Stanton
The Electric Grandmother 1982 TV Movie Father
Reds 1981 Max Eastman
Dear Liar 1981 TV Movie George Bernard Shaw
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed 1981 TV Movie The Stranger
Harry's War 1981 Harry Johnson
M*A*S*H 1980 TV Series Capt. Steven J. Newsome
3 by Cheever 1979 TV Mini-Series Kip Lawton
Freedom Road 1979 TV Movie Stephen Holms
Portrait of a Stripper 1979 TV Movie Frank Andrews
The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 Michael Hill
Take Down 1979 Ed Branish
Brass Target 1978 Col. Walter Gilchrist
The Betsy 1978 Dan Weyman
A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story 1977 TV Movie Lou Gehrig
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years 1977 TV Movie Franklin D. Roosevelt
Eleanor and Franklin 1976 TV Series Franklin Delano Roosevelt, age 20-50
Valley Forge 1975 TV Movie Folsom
Beacon Hill 1975 TV Series Richard Palmer
The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 Ezra Stiles
The Great Gatsby 1974 Klipspringer
The Day of the Dolphin 1973 Mike - Research Team
The Paper Chase 1973 Thomas Craig Anderson
Lady Liberty 1971 Policeman (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gilmore Girls TV Series 1 episode, 2001 performer - 3 episodes, 2003 - 2007
Intolerable Cruelty 2003 performer: "I've Been Working on the Railroad" - uncredited
Annie 1982 performer: "Tomorrow White House Version" - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How the Earth Was Made 2007 TV Movie documentary narrator
Decoding the Past: Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle 2005 TV Movie documentary narrator
Siberia: How the East Was Won 2004 TV Movie documentary narrator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2015 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Templar Code: Crusade of Secrecy 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator
FDR: A Presidency Revealed 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The Presidents 2005 TV Movie documentary Host
The French Revolution 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Beyond the Da Vinci Code 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Ape to Man 2005 Video documentary Narrator
Countdown to Armageddon 2004 TV Movie documentary Announcer
The Lost Boys: A Retrospective 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Gilmore Girls Backstage Special 2004 TV Movie Himself
Nature 2004 TV Series documentary Narrator
A Look Inside 'Intolerable Cruelty' 2004 Video documentary short Himself - 'Rex Rexroth' (as Ed Hermann)
The Day They Died 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Nostradamus: 500 Years Later 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Mavericks, Miracles and Medicine 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Modern Marvels 2003 TV Series documentary Narrator
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
TR: An American Lion 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Louisiana Purchase 2003 TV Movie Himself - Narrator
Russia, Land of the Tsars 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
The Samurai 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
First Mothers 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (for The History Channel)
Save Our History 1999-2002 TV Series documentary Himself - Host / Himself - Narrator
The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Founding Brothers 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Antarctica: A Frozen History 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Horror in the East 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator for The History Channel (voice)
The Impressionists 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Anatomy of a Scene 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Face: Jesus in Art 2001 Video documentary Narrator
In Search of Christmas 2001 TV Movie Himself - Host and Narrator
Founding Fathers 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
History's Lost & Found 1999 TV Series documentary Narrator
Niagara: A History of the Falls 1999 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
The Korean War: Fire and Ice 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator (voice)
New York: A Documentary Film 1999 TV Series documentary voice
Ultimate Autos 1999 TV Series documentary Host / Narrator
Nova 1998-1999 TV Series documentary Narrator / Himself
Working in the Theatre 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Frank Lloyd Wright 1998 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997 TV Series Himself
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
The Making of 'Mrs. Soffel' 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Play
Great Performances 1982 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Featured Actor in a Play
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies 2015 TV Series documentary Narrator
First Encounter 2014 TV Movie documentary voice
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History 2014 TV Series documentary Franklin Roosevelt
Why We (Heart) Vampires 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Story of the Battle of Outpost Harry 2010 Documentary voice
Hold at All Costs: The Story of the Battle of Outpost Harry 2010 Documentary Narrator
Monsterquest 2008 TV Series documentary Narrator
Columbus: The Lost Voyage 2007 TV Movie Himself - Narrator (voice, as Ed Herrmann)
The Revolution 2007 TV Series Himself - Narrator
The States 2007 TV Series documentary Narrator
Titanic's Achilles Heel 2007 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Banned from the Bible II 2007 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Witness to 'Reds' 2006 Video Himself
Mayan Doomsday Prophecy 2006 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Ten Commandments: Part 1 - The Laws of God 2006 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces 2006 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Giganto: The Real King Kong 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Decoding the Past: Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Actor (In Memoriam)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series The Practice (1997)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Nixon (1995) · Joan Allen
· Brian Bedford
· Powers Boothe
· Kevin Dunn
· Fyvush Finkel
· Annabeth Gish
· Tony Goldwyn
· Larry Hagman
· Ed Harris
· Anthony Hopkins
· Bob Hoskins
· Madeline Kahn
· E.G. Marshall
· David Paymer
· David Hyde Pierce
· Paul Sorvino
· Mary Steenburgen
· J.T. Walsh
· James Woods
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series St. Elsewhere (1982)
1986 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series St. Elsewhere (1982)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special Eleanor and Franklin (1976)


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#Quote
1 I love the spoken word. I love hearing it. The way the words can seduce you.

#Trademark
1 Towering height.
2 Often plays wealthy men, political figures, millionaires.

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