Edward Herrmann had been battling brain cancer and had been in ICU for the last couple of weeks. Ultimately, things did not improve and his family decided to take him off the respirator.
Lauren Graham, the actor who essayed the tole of her daughter on television tweeted, “My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man. It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.”
One of the more curious aspects of Edward Herrmann’s career, however, was the fact that he ended up playing Franklin Delano Roosevelt, either in body or voice, five separate times, in addition to narrating a documentary about the man.
Born in 1943, he almost certainly had no memory of the man he played so often, but he became linked with the president in the popular imagination anyway. It’s rare for an actor to play a famous person more than once. It’s almost unheard of for it to happen five separate times.
Edward Herrmann’s death, then, leaves open the question of who will be the go-to Franklin Delano Roosevelt now. For decades, directors could turn to the actor for a nuanced, skilled interpretation of the 32nd president.
His urbane tones were heard on other documentaries and on hundreds of audio books including Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. He had recently narrated a documentary on cancer.
HE won an Emmy in the year 1999 for his guest appearance as a law profession on The Practice and was also awarded a Tony Award during his illustrious career.
Besides his wife, Star Benson; son, Rory Herrmann, Edward Herrmann’s survivors include daughters Ryen and Emma.
A private funeral was planned, followed by a public memorial early next week.
Edward Herrmann, perhaps best known for playing Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, passed away on December 31, 2014 in a hospital in New York. He was s...2.0