Edward Herrmann, ‘Eleanor and Franklin’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Actor, Passes Away

By December 31, 2014

More sad news to report today as Variety has reported that film and television actor Edward Herrmann, known to multiple generations for his portrayals on television on “Gilmore Girls,” “Eleanor and Franklin,” as well as films like Lost Boys and Richie Rich, has died at the age of 71 after a bout with brain cancer.

In many of his roles that spanned an extensive 43 year career in show business, Herrmann’s performances often contained an elemnt of earnestness that really helped him connect with his audiences. The first time that this became apparent on a large scale was in his television portrayals of United States president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in two TV movies — “Eleanor and Franklin” and “Eleanor and Franklin: The Presidential Years” — which earned him Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie in 1976 and 1977.

Herrmann is likely known to younger generations for his role as Richard Gilmore, father to Lorelai and grandfather to Rory on the WB/CW series “Gilmore Girls.” His loving relationship with his daughter and granddaughter helped to offset the tension felt between Lorelai and her mother, and the trademark earnestness of Herrmann helped to highlight this very effectively. Herrmann even played Herman Munster in a 1995 telefilm revival of the classic TV series “The Munsters,” entitled “Here Come the Munsters,” which aired on Fox.

In a statement made to USA Today, Herrmann’s manager Robbie Kass issued a statement on the passing of the actor.

Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, he was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed.

Herrmann, a native of Gross Pointe, Michigan, is survived by his wife Star and his three children, as well as his rich and diverse body of work that people will enjoy for decades to come. Everyone here at GeekNation wishes to express our condolences to Mr. Herrmann’s family in this undoubtedly difficult time.

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