Edward Herrmann

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Edward Herrmann
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Herrmann in Richard Goodwin's play Two Men of Florence in 2009
Born Edward Kirk Herrmann
(1943-07-21) July 21, 1943 (age 71)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Star Hayner
Children 2

Edward Kirk Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayals of Franklin D. Roosevelt on television, and to younger generations for his role as Richard Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, as a ubiquitous narrator for historical programs on the History Channel[1] and in such PBS productions as Nova,[2] and as a spokesman for Dodge automobiles in the 1990s.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Edward Kirk Herrmann was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Jean Eleanor (née O'Connor) and John Anthony Herrmann.[5] He is of German and Irish descent.[6] Herrmann grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and graduated from Bucknell University[7] in 1965, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Fellowship.[8]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Herrmann began his career in theatre. One of the first professional productions he appeared in was the U.S. premiere of Michael Weller's Moonchildren at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in November 1971.[9] He moved with the show to New York City to make his Broadway debut the following year. Herrmann returned to Broadway in 1976 to portray Frank Gardner in the revival of Mrs. Warren's Profession. For his performance he won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.[10]

Television[edit]

Herrmann is known for his portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the made-for-TV movies, Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)[11] (both of which earned him Best Actor Emmy nominations), as well as in the first feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie (1982).[12] Herrmann portrayed Herman Munster in the Fox telefilm Here Come The Munsters,[13] which aired on Hallowe'en (October 31), 1995.

He was nominated for a Tony Award for Plenty in 1983[14] and Emmy Awards in 1986 and 1987 for two guest-starring appearances as Father Joseph McCabe on St. Elsewhere.[15] He played Tobias Beecher's father on Oz.[16][17] Herrmann earned an Emmy in 1999 for his guest appearances on The Practice.[18]

From 2000-07, he portrayed Richard Gilmore on The WB's Gilmore Girls.[19][20]

Film[edit]

Herrmann's film career began in the mid-1970s, playing supporting roles as Robert Redford's partner in The Great Waldo Pepper,[21] a law student in The Paper Chase,[22] the idle, piano-playing Klipspringer in The Great Gatsby[23] and opposite Laurence Olivier in The Betsy (1978).[24]

Among Herrmann's better known roles are as the title character in Harry's War (1981),[25] Goldie Hawn's rich husband in Overboard,[26] Reverend Michael Hill in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars,[27] one of the characters in the film-within-a-film in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo,[28] and as Max, the mild-mannered head vampire in The Lost Boys.[29]

Voice work[edit]

Herrmann is known for his voluminous voice work for The History Channel and various PBS specials, including hosting a revival of Frank Capra's Why We Fight,[30] and made appearances and done voiceovers in Dodge commercials from 1992-2001. His voice work includes dozens of audio books, for which he won several Audie awards. He played Gutman in Blackstone Audio's Grammy-nominated dramatization of The Maltese Falcon and played Cauchon in Blackstone's audio version of Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan.[citation needed]

After his well-received portrayal of J. Alden Weir in the play My Dearest Anna at the Wilton Playshop in Wilton, Connecticut, he was a special guest of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in their Ring Christmas Bells holiday concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 11–14, 2008.[31] He reprised his role of Franklin Roosevelt in 2014, providing the voice of F.D.R. in Ken Burns' PBS series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.[32]

Personal life and family[edit]

Family[edit]

Herrmann has been married twice and has two daughters, Ryan and Emma. In 1978, he married his longtime girlfriend, screenwriter Leigh Curran. The marriage lasted more than a decade but ended in divorce. He has been married to Star Hayner since 1992.[33] He also has a stepson, Rory Herrmann, a noted chef in California,[34] who currently serving as director of culinary operations for Bill Chait's Sprout Restaurant Group in Los Angeles.[35]

Interests[edit]

Herrmann is a well-known automotive enthusiast and restores classic automobiles.[36] Herrmann is a regular master of ceremonies for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance[37] and hosted the television show Automobiles on The History Channel.[38][39]

Herrmann has owned and restored several classics of his own including a 1929 Auburn 8-90 Boattail Speedster and a 1934 Alvis Speed 20.[40]

Lawsuit[edit]

In December 2014, it was reported that Edward and Star Herrmann had filed a lawsuit against their accountants seeking $14.5 million which they allege had been misappropriated.[41][42]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ollove, Michael (July 26, 1996). "As Time Goes By, History Channel Blossoms". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NOVA and Science: Submarines, Secrets and Spies". Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Cantwell, Julie (September 18, 2000). "Dodge turns 'cool' in ads". Automotive News. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bourne, Kay (March 11, 2009). "Edward Herrmann Dons Pope’s Garb in New Play". EDGE. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Edward Herrmann profile, filmreference.com; accessed December 12, 2014.
  6. ^ audio.html Profile, angelfire.com; accessed December 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Willis, John (2003). Theatre World 1999-2000 Volume 56 of THEATRE WORLD. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 217. ISBN 1557834768. 
  8. ^ Blaney, Retta (2003). Working on the Inside: The Spiritual Life Through the Eyes of Actors. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 46. ISBN 0742533190. 
  9. ^ Guernsey, Otis L. (1987). Curtain Times: The New York Theatre, 1965-1987. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 218. ISBN 0936839244. 
  10. ^ Nemy, Enid (October 4, 1985). "Broadway". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Canby, Vincent (April 13, 1979). "Movie Review The: North Avenue Irregulars (1979)". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Pederson, William D. (2001). Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shaping of American Political Culture, Volume 1. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe. p. 34. ISBN 0765606208. 
  13. ^ Cox, Stephen (2006). The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane. Random House LLC. p. 142. ISBN 0823078949. 
  14. ^ Lawson, Carol (May 17, 1983). "'CATS' Leads in Tony Race, with 11 nominations". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Edward Herrmann". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (January 27, 2003). "This Week". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Oz (1997–2003)". Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  18. ^ "HBO and David Kelley Win Top Early Emmys". The New York Times. August 30, 1999. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  19. ^ WERTHEIMER, RON (October 5, 2000). "TELEVISION REVIEW,A Mother and Daughter, Both With Growing Pains". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ "Gilmore Girls (2000–2007) Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ Canby, Vincent (Movie Review The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)). "Movie Review: The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ Canby, Vincent (October 17, 1973). "Movie Review: The Paper Chase (1973)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ Canby, Vincent (March 28, 1974). "Movie Review: The Great Gatsby (1974)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  24. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 10, 1978). "Movie Review: The Betsy (1978)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  25. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin. p. 585. ISBN 0452289785. 
  26. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 16, 1987). "Film: 'Overboard,' Comedy, With Goldie Hawn". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  27. ^ Canby, Vincent (April 13, 1979). "Movie Review The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  28. ^ Canby, Vincent (March 1, 1985). "Movie Review: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  29. ^ James, Caryn (July 31, 1987). "Movie Review: The Lost Boys (1987)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  30. ^ Lawler, Sylvia (September 22, 1991). "Special Takes Fresh Look At Pearl Harbor". The Morning Call. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Brian Stokes Mitchell and Edward Herrmann Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Annual Christmas Concerts". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Newsroom. October 21, 2008. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  32. ^ Lowry, Brian (September 10, 2014). "TV Review: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  33. ^ Marriage info, imdb.com; accessed December 12, 2014.
  34. ^ Tomicki, Hadley. "Rory Herrmann Exits Bouchon Beverly Hills". Vox Media Inc. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  35. ^ Taylor, Dennis (April 12, 2014). "Pebble Beach Food & Wine celeb chefs like kids in candy store". Monterey County Herald News. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  36. ^ STENQUIST, PAUL (March 5, 2010). "An Actor Takes His Place on a Stage of a Different Sort". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  37. ^ STENQUIST, PAUL (March 5, 2010). "An Actor Takes His Place on a Stage of a Different Sort". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  38. ^ Ollove, Michael (July 26, 1996). "As Time Goes By, History Channel Blossoms". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  39. ^ Scanlan, Dan (March 12, 2001). "Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance ends with style". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  40. ^ Stenquist, Paul (March 7, 2010). "An Actor Takes His Place on a Stage of a Different Sort". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  41. ^ "Edward Herrmann: Actor Demands Whopping $14.5 Million From CohnReznick In Mismanaging Money Lawsuit", inquisitr.com; accessed December 12, 2014.
  42. ^ "Actor Edward Herrmann says accounting firm owes him $14.5 million after they mismanaged his money: suit", nydailynews.com; accessed December 12, 2014.

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