Edward Herrmann passed away this morning after a battle with brain cancer. He was 71.
Richard Gilmore, a pillar of strength and order in the Gilmore household, was a character that not many people will forget. The man behind the role, Edward Herrmann, has the same hold on those who followed his career. Most recently Herrmann’s return to television included an extended guest spot as Lionel Deerfield on The Good Wife. He also appeared in the final season of How I Met Your Mother as the Reverend.
Herman was no stranger to the stage or film. He began his career on the stage and his return to the Broadway stage in 1976 in the play Mrs. Warren’s Profession earned him a Tony nomination and win. In film he will be remembered most prominently as Richard Rich Sr. in the 1994 movie Ri¢hie Ri¢h. But chances are if you flip on any documentary on the History Channel, you will catch Herrmann’s distinguished voice guiding you through the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The War of 1812, or even a killer hurricane that swept through New England. In a similar historic vein, Herrmann also portrayed Franklin D. Roosevelt not once, but twice for television and one major motion picture. The first came in the 1976 movie Eleanor and Franklin for which he earned an Emmy nomination, the next in the 1982 movie version of Annie, and again recently, but only in voice work, for the PBS mini-series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
But if you grew up with the WB’s hit series Gilmore Girls, you will miss the wise grandfather who helped carry out pranks on your worst college cronies, saved a doll house from your childhood bedroom, and slipped you those few extra bucks for Fez.
If you wish to see some of Edward Herrmann’s performances, Annie and all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls are available to stream on Netflix.
Edward Herrmann will be missed.