( b. Jul 21, 1943 Washington, District of Columbia, USA - d. Dec 31, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Edward Herrmann was a stalwart American actor of patrician bearing and earnest elocutionary style who became familiar across a spectrum of popular entertainment, from movies and television shows to plays, audiobooks and advertisements. More often than most actors, he had a tuxedo -- or at least a suit -- as a costume, but his characters could be comic or dramatic, as likely to be stuffed shirts as genuinely commanding men.
Mr. Herrmann had a career of astonishing volume, testament to a workingman's enthusiastic temperament and a reliable set of actorly gifts.
Herrmann was born in Washington. His mother was the former Jean O'Connor; his father, John Anthony Herrmann, was an engineer who worked for automobile and railroad companies. He grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, and later graduated from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where he indulged an incipient Anglophilia, conceived a passion for 17th-century British playwrights and poets, and began acting. He later spent three years in Texas, at the Dallas Theater Center, which he once called a kind of "medieval guild" where everyone was responsible for every aspect of a production.
Mr. Herrmann made his Broadway debut in 1972 in Moonchildren, a bitter comedy by Michael Weller whose cast also included James Woods, Jill Eikenberry, Kevin Conway and Christopher Guest. Set in a university town in the mid-1960s, it was described by Clive Barnes in The New York Times as "the first Broadway generation gap comedy that is seen from the young side of the gap."
Mr. Herrmann won a Tony award as a featured actor in George Bernard Shaw's early work of social criticism, Mrs. Warren's Profession, playing Frank Gardner. In film, some of his better knowns were "The Paper Chase" (1973), about first year Harvard law students; "The Great Gatsby" (1974), starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, in which he played Klipspringer, one of Gatsby's eccentric, mooching guests; Warren Beatty's "Reds" (1981).
Besides his acting, Mr. Herrmann was an avid collector of military memorabilia and a restorer of classic automobiles.
Source: The New York Times obituary