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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Remembering Edward Herrmann 1943 - 2014

Actor Edward Herrmann, who died Wednesday at age 71, will always be remembered as Richard Gilmore in the 2000-07 TV series, Gilmore Girls. He also played Franklin D. Roosevelt in two TV movies, Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977), and in the 1982 film adaptation of the musical, Annie. Other television credits include the 1975 CBS drama, Beacon Hill; the 1978 TV movie, A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story; three 1986 episodes of the NBC medical drama, St. Elsewhere (as the hospital's founder); the 1985 TV movie, Here Come the Munsters (as Herman Munster); and 10 episodes of the ABC legal drama, The Practice (for which he won a 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series).

Other feature film credits include The Paper Chase (1973), The Great Gatsby (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), The Betsy (1978), The North Avenue Irregulars (1979), Reds (1981), Mrs. Soffel (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Compromising Positions (1985), The Lost Boys (1987), Overboard (1987), Big Business (1988), Born Yesterday (1993), Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994), Nixon (1995), The Cat's Meow (2001) and The Aviator (2004).

Herrmann also won a 1976 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Mrs. Warren's Profession. Other Broadway credits include Moonchildren (1972), The Philadelphia Story (1980), Plenty (1983), Love Letters (1989) and The Deep Blue Sea (1998).

Below you can watch Edward Herrmann in Eleanor and Franklin (with Jane Alexander), The Lost Boys and a 2003 episode of Gilmore Girls.


joel65913 said...

A wonderfully talented actor, and that voice! It always imparted such authority.

Nothing against Gilmore Girls but I'd hate to think that he'll be remembered for that when his portrayals of FDR offer such a richer legacy. He and Blythe Danner were also aces in The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story.

Such a sad loss, still a relatively young man in this day and age.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Well, I guess I should've said "I" will always remember him from Gilmore Girls. But I only became a fan of the show by watching it on DVD after its network run. My first introduction to Mr. Herrmann was as a guest star on St. Elsewhere. Thanks for your comment, Joel!