Vampire-FDR-Grandfather Edward Herrmann Dies At 71

Edward Herrmann

1976 Tony Award winners Edward Herrmann, left, with Donna McKechnie, Lynn Redgrave, and Brian DiMaio. McKechnie won for “A Chorus Line” while Herrmann and Redgrave won for “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” DiMaio received his Tony for, in his words, “being in the right place at the right time.”

New York—Edward Herrmann, best known for his portrayal of the rich, grumpy grandpa with a heart of gold on “The Gilmore Girls,” died on New Year’s Eve after battling brain cancer. He was 71.

Herrmann won an Emmy Award for his role on “The Practice,” and played FDR in the TV films “Eleanor and Franklin” and “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years,” as well as portraying the wheelchair-bound president in the film adaptation of “Annie.”

Besides “Annie,” Herrmann also appeared in such films as “The Paper Chase,” “The Lost Boys,” “RECOiL” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”

He also was prolific in his voiceover work for documentaries on PBS and The History Channel. He won a Tony Award in 1976 for his role in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession on Broadway.”

He is survived by two daughters, Ryan and Emma, and a son, Rory. Continue reading