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Edward Herrmann

Highest Rated:   94% Reds (1981)
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Birthplace:   Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Born July 21st, 1943, Tony-winning American stage and film actor Edward Herrmann used his Fulbright scholarship to study at London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; several years of regional theatre led to movie and TV work. In 1977 Herrmann offered the first of his many interpretations of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the TV movie Eleanor and Franklin (He'd later be a singing FDR in the theatrical feature Annie [1982]). The actor was frequently dissatisfied with his own performances, feeling that with a little more time he could do much better. Such was the case of his portrayal of baseball great Lou Gehrig in the TV drama A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (1979), though Herrmann was proud of the fact that he learned to pitch and bat southpaw, something that a previous movie Gehrig, Gary Cooper, never quite mastered. His occasional villainous movie appearances notwithstanding, Edward Herrmann is to most viewers the very embodiment of intelligence and integrity; he was decidedly well cast as the erudite host of several historical documentaries on the A&E Network. In 2000, Herrmann joined the cast of Gilmore Girls as patriarch Richard Gilmore, and continued appearing in supporting roles in movies, including the headmaster in The Emperor's Club (2002), film censor Joseph Breen in The Aviator (2004) and an accountant in Factory Girl (2006). Once Gilmore Girls ended in 2007, Herrmann returned to episodic TV, with runs on Grey's Anatomy and a recurring gig on The Good Wife. In 2014, he returned to his familiar role of FDR one last time, voicing the president in the Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Herrmann died in 2014, at age 71.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
70% The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Reverend Cartwright
2014
7% Are You Here
  • Dr. Vincent
2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Voice of Stratton Oakmont Commercial
$91.4M 2013
No Score Yet Christmas Oranges
  • Mr. Crampton
2012
No Score Yet Redemption: For Robbing The Dead
  • Governor Dawson
2012
No Score Yet Treasure Buddies
  • Philip Wellington
2012
No Score Yet Doorway to Heaven (Heaven's Door)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet A Christmas Wish
  • Les
2011
0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • Jeremiah Larson
$2.4M 2011
No Score Yet The Christmas Pageant
  • Garrett Clark
2011
No Score Yet Son Of Morning
  • Thomas
2011
No Score Yet The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
  • Goodenough
2010
8% The Skeptic
  • Shepard
2009
No Score Yet Hatching Pete
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Alzheimer's Disease: Facing the Facts
  • Actor
2009
18% I Think I Love My Wife
  • Mr. Landis
$12.5M 2007
19% Factory Girl
  • James Townsend
$1.6M 2007
No Score Yet Ben Franklin
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Titanic's Achilles Heel
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet How the Earth Was Made
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Sherman's March
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Columbus: The Lost Voyage
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Relative Strangers
  • Doug Clayton
2006
33% Wedding Daze
  • Lyle Wells
2006
No Score Yet Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Decoding the Past - Templar Code: Parts 1 & 2
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Presidents
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Bereft
  • Dad
2005
No Score Yet FDR: A Presidency Revealed
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Ape to Man
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Ben Franklin
  • Actor
2005
87% The Aviator
  • Joseph Breen
$102.6M 2004
No Score Yet Nature: Holy Cow
  • Actor
2004
13% Welcome to Mooseport
  • Debate Moderator
$14.3M 2004
No Score Yet First Invasion: The War of 1812
  • Actor
2004
75% Intolerable Cruelty
  • Rex Rexroth
$35.1M 2003
No Score Yet Sorrows of Gin
  • Actor
2002
50% The Emperor's Club
  • Headmaster Woodbridge
$14M 2002
20% Down (The Shaft)
  • Milligan
2001
No Score Yet James Dean
  • Raymond Massey
2001
75% The Cat's Meow
  • William Randolph Hearst
$3.2M 2001
No Score Yet The Face: Jesus In Art
  • Narrator
2001
12% Double Take
  • Charles Allsworth
2001
No Score Yet Horror in the East
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Founding Fathers
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Vendetta
  • D.A. Luzenberg
1999
No Score Yet Atomic Train
  • President
1999
No Score Yet Walking Across Egypt
  • Reverend
1999
No Score Yet The Homes of FDR
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
1999
No Score Yet Saint Maybe
  • Doug Bedloe
1998
No Score Yet Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Better Living
  • Jack
1998
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great American Dreamer
  • Actor
1997
59% Critical Care
  • Robert Payne
1997
No Score Yet Pandora's Clock (Doomsday Virus)
  • President
1996
67% Soul of the Game
  • Branch Rickey
1996
No Score Yet Thomas Jefferson: A View from the Mountain
  • Actor
1996
75% Nixon
  • Nelson Rockefeller
1995
No Score Yet Here Come the Munsters
  • Herman Munster
1995
No Score Yet The Face on the Milk Carton
  • Frank Jessmon
1995
24% Richie Rich
  • Richard Rich, Sr
1994
44% Don't Drink the Water
  • Mr. Kilroy
1994
No Score Yet Foreign Student
  • Zach Gilmore
1994
No Score Yet A Foreign Field
  • Ralph
1994
14% My Boyfriend's Back
  • Dingle
1993
26% Born Yesterday
  • Ed
1993
68% Hero
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Sweet Poison
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Fire in the Dark
  • Robert
1991
36% Big Business
  • Graham Sherbourne
1988
50% Overboard
  • Grant
1987
72% The Lost Boys
  • Max
1987
No Score Yet Murrow
  • Actor
1986
50% The Man with One Red Shoe
  • Brown
1985
53% Compromising Positions
  • Bob Singer
1985
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Henry
1985
40% Mrs. Soffel
  • Warden Peter Soffel
1984
No Score Yet Memorial Day
  • Ned Larwin
1983
52% Annie
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
1982
No Score Yet Death Valley
  • Paul
1982
No Score Yet A Little Sex
  • Tommy
1982
No Score Yet Electric Grandmother
  • Actor
1982
94% Reds
  • Max Eastman
1981
No Score Yet Harry's War
  • Harry Johnson
1981
75% The North Avenue Irregulars
  • Michael Hill
1979
No Score Yet Take Down (Fighting Chance)
  • Ed Branish
1979
No Score Yet Freedom Road
  • Stephen Holms
1979
No Score Yet Portrait of a Stripper
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Brass Target
  • Col. Walter Gilchrist
1978
No Score Yet A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story
  • Lou Gehrig
1978
No Score Yet The Betsy
  • Dan Weyman
1978
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1977
No Score Yet Eleanor and Franklin
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1976
71% The Great Waldo Pepper
  • Ezra Stiles
1975
39% The Great Gatsby
  • Klipspringer
1974
43% The Day of the Dolphin
  • Mike
1973
85% The Paper Chase
  • Thomas Craig Anderson
1973
No Score Yet Norman Rockwell: Painting America
  • Narrator
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gilmore Girls
2000
  • Richard Gilmore
  • 2016
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Norman Norman Shales
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
25% Black Box
2014
  • Dr. Reynaud Dr. Raynaud
  • 2014
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
2014
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Albert Vogel
  • 2013
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
2005
  • Rev. Lowell
  • 2013
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Rev. Lowell
  • 2013
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Liionel Deerfield Lionel Deerfield Lionel
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Oz
1997-2003
  • Harrison Beecher
  • 2003
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mosbeck Former Priest Mossbach Father Drew Seeley
  • 1999
  • 1995
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator

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