Edward Herrmann

Actor, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1943 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (161)

Cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Are You Here 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Vincent (Actor)

Son of Mourning 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Black Box 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Town that Dreaded Sundown 2014 (Movie)

Reverend Cartwright (Actor)

Treasure Buddies 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

Voice Of Stratton Oakmont Commercial (Actor)

Harry's Law 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Price Check 2012 (Movie)

Bennington (Actor)

Redemption: For Robbing the Dead 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Better With You 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 (Movie)

Jeremiah Larson (Actor)

Drop Dead Diva 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1995, 1999, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Skeptic 2009 (Movie)

Dr Shepard (Actor)

30 Rock 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gilmore Girls 2000 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Landis (Actor)

Factory Girl 2006 (Movie)

James Townsend (Actor)

Wedding Daze 2006 (Movie)

Lyle (Actor)

Gilmore Girls Backstage Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1995 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tom Goes to the Mayor 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Wings 1995 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Joseph Breen (Actor)

Bereft 2003 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Rex Rexroth (Actor)

MDs 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Founding Brothers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Horror in the East 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

In Search of Christmas 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cat's Meow 2002 (Movie)

William Randolph Hearst (Actor)

The Elevator 2002 (Movie)

Milligan (Actor)

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

Headmaster Woodbridge (Actor)

Ultimate Autos (09/18/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Walking Across Egypt 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle History of the Navy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Double Take 2001 (Movie)

Charles Allsworth (Actor)

History Vs. Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

History's Lost & Found 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hitler's Holocaust 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Body of Christ 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

America's Most Endangered 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Better Living 2000 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Fire and Ice: The Korean War 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Modern Marvels Challenge: Caesar's Bridge 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The World War II Memorial 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ultimate Autos (06/10/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wealth and Power 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

World War II in Color 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Escape! Because Accidents Happen 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Frank Lloyd Wright 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

History's Lost & Found 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Icemen 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Niagara: History of the Falls 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Science at War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Submarines, Secrets and Spies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Surviving AIDS 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Beast of Loch Ness 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ultimate Autos (06/01/99) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Volcanoes of the Deep 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Nazis: A Warning From History 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Truman Capote: The Tiny Terror 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

Robert Payne (Actor)

F. Scott Fitzgerald 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Frank Lloyd Wright 1996 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Don't Drink the Water 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Nelson Rockefeller (Actor)

Foreign Student 1994 (Movie)

Zach Gilmore (Actor)

Massacre at Malmedy 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Richie Rich 1994 (Movie)

Richard Rich (Actor)

Showdown at Leyte Gulf 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rain of Steel 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

Ed Devery (Actor)

My Boyfriend's Back 1993 (Movie)

Mr Dingle (Actor)

Road to Infamy: The Countdown Years 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of a Sentence 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Act Is a Solo 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Vietnam: The Reason Why 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

So Proudly We Hail 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Children of the Open Road 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

D Day 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

DeGaulle 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Century (10/03/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beginning of the Firm 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The King and the Jews 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ragged Revolution 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Business 1988 (Movie)

Graham Sherbourne (Actor)

Overboard 1987 (Movie)

Grant Stayton III (Actor)

The Lost Boys 1987 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

The Prodigious Hickey 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Compromising Positions 1985 (Movie)

Bob Singer (Actor)

The Man With One Red Shoe 1985 (Movie)

Brown (Actor)

The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Memorial Day 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Soffel 1984 (Movie)

Peter Soffel (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Annie 1982 (Movie)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Actor)

The Gift of Life 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Liar 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Valley 1981 (Movie)

Paul Stanton (Actor)

Reds 1981 (Movie)

Max Eastman (Actor)

A Little Sex 1980 (Movie)

Brother (Actor)

Harry's War 1980 (Movie)

Harry Johnson (Actor)

The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 (Movie)

Michael Hill (Actor)

Brass Target 1978 (Movie)

Colonel Walter Gilchrist (Actor)

Take Down 1978 (Movie)

Ed Branish (Actor)

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

Dan Weyman (Actor)

Beacon Hill 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Eleanor and Franklin 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

Ezra Stiles (Actor)

The Day of the Dolphin 1973 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Great Gatsby 1973 (Movie)

Klipspringer (Actor)

The Paper Chase 1973 (Movie)

Anderson (Actor)

A Christmas Wish (TV Show)

Actor

A Foreign Field (TV Show)

Actor

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Actor

Atomic Train (TV Show)

Actor

Concealed Enemies (TV Show)

Actor

Death Tide at Tarawa (TV Show)

Actor

Fire in the Dark (TV Show)

Actor

Founding Fathers (TV Show)

Narrator

Freedom Road (TV Show)

Actor

Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

Actor

James Dean (TV Show)

Actor

Murrow (TV Show)

Actor

Oldest Autos on the Road (TV Show)

Narrator

Pandora's Clock (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of a Stripper (TV Show)

Actor

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

James Wagner (Actor)

Soul of the Game (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Poison (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Pageant (TV Show)

Actor

The Face on the Milk Carton (TV Show)

Actor

The Face: Jesus in Art (TV Show)

Narrator

The Homes of FDR (TV Show)

Actor

The Impressionists (TV Show)

Narrator

The Louisiana Purchase (TV Show)

Narrator

The Return of Hickey (TV Show)

Actor

The War Years (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta (TV Show)

Actor

What Love Sees (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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 emotionally complex 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. His death on December 31, 2014, following a brief battle with brain cancer, was mourned by fans and peers alike.

Relationships

John Anthony Herrmann

Father

Jean Eleanor Herrmann

Mother

Leigh Curran

Wife
married on September 9, 1978

EDUCATION

Dallas Theatre Centre

Dallas , Texas

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

1968 - 1969
Fulbright scholar

Bucknell University

Lewisburg , Pennsylvania 1965

Milestones

2001

Cast as William Randolph Hearst in "The Cat's Meow"

2000

Played regular role of the father and grandfather of the titular "Gilmore Girls" on that WB series

1997

Had recurring role on the ABC drama series "The Practice"

1995

Played Herman Munster in "Here Come the Munsters" (Fox)

1995

Cast as Nelson Rockefeller in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"

1989

Again played the headmaster in second sequel "The Beginning of the Firm" (PBS)

1988

Reprised headmaster in sequel "The Return of Hickey" (PBS)

1988

Hosted "Our Century" on Arts & Entertainment (A&E) network

1987

Co-starred as the headmaster in "The Prodigious Hickey" (PBS)

1984

Portrayed Alger Hiss in the PBS miniseries "Concealed Enemies"

1982

Played Roosevelt in "Annie"

1981

Stage directing debut, "Private Lives", Portland (Maine) Stage Company

1977

Reprised role as Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (ABC)

1976

Breakthrough TV performance as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Eleanor and Franklin" (ABC)

1976

Co-starred on Broadway in "Mrs. Warren's Proffesion"

1975

Debut as TV series regular, "Beacon Hill"

1973

First substantial role in a feature, Anderson in "The Paper Chase"

1972

Broadway debut, "Moonchildren"

1972

Feature debut, bit role, "Lady Liberty"

1970

Off-Broadway debut, "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"

Raised in Detroit, Michigan

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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

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

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"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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