Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Stage, screen actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71 (w/video)

LOS ANGELES — Edward Herrmann, the towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV's Gilmore Girls, died Wednesday. He was 71.

Herrmann died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of brain cancer, his son, Rory Herrmann said. The actor, who had been hospitalized for several weeks, was surrounded by family members, including his wife, Star, and his three children, his son said.

"He was full of knowledge and kindness and goodness. … He always wanted to share the great and beautiful things in life," said Rory Herrmann. That included art, music and classic cars.

The 6-foot-5 actor's favorite role was playing President Roosevelt, his son said, which he did in projects including the TV movies Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and its sequel Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) and in the 1982 movie musical Annie.

Herrmann also provided the voice for FDR in Ken Burns' documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which aired on PBS earlier this year.

He appeared frequently on the big screen, in major films including Reds and The Wolf of Wall Street, and was an acclaimed stage actor whose Tony-winning performance came in 1976 for Mrs. Warren's Profession.

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