Actor Edward Herrmann's presence is a familiar one from his many roles in films, theater and on TV, as well as being one of the best audiobook readers in the business. His career spans more than thirty-five years and his list of credits is long. The “Voice of Dodge” for twelve years, he is well known on the Classic Car circuit and has restored several vintage autos, notably a 1932 Packard Light Eight 900 Coupe Roadster Convertible and a 1929 Auburn 8-90 Speedster.
Born in Washington D.C. on July 21, 1943, he grew up near Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1965 and used a Fulbright scholarship to study drama at London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, 1968-69. After his British training he returned to Dallas, where, he recalls, "You are learning and falling on your face in an environment that doesn't crucify you or kill you the way it happens in New York". After several years with the Dallas Theater Center, he began appearing in films in the early 1970’s. In 1976 he won a Tony award for his performance in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” and in 1999, an Emmy for his guest appearance on “The Practice”. He was the director for Bucknell’s Association for the Arts in 1989–90 and commencement speaker in 1989, awarded the Bucknell Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession and received an honorary doctorate.
Edward Herrmann can be seen on “The Gilmore Girls” as patriarch Richard Gilmore, and has done much work for the History Channel. Out of all of his numerous roles, he has said his favorites are "FDR" and the character “Stanhope” in "Journey's End", a play about the first World War.
"It was exciting at Convocation to learn that our most famous classmate received a well-deserved award. Edward Herrmann was honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Profession. We all have come to love him in the Dodge commercials, but a lot of us remember the fine performances he has given, especially when taking on the role of FDR. Ed also has served as director of the Bucknell Association for the Arts. When accepting his award, he eloquently stressed the importance of the arts in making well-rounded people."~ Linda Haigh Tozier
"The connection between art and experience and the expression of it is one of the most thrilling things you can become involved in," says Ed Herrmann. "What you do either touches someone and moves them, or it doesn't. Whether you're playing a right-wing racist or a left-wing thug doesn't matter as long as there's something human about the character you're portraying and the people believe it. If you can't get people to believe what you say, you're not going to be very useful."