Have you ever wondered why Edward Herrmann receives special treatment in the Gilmore Girls opening credits, with his ‘Special Appearance By’ titles?
Our favourite envelope-handing father figure is no stranger to the screen, small or silver. Remember him as moderate vampire in The Lost Boys or Richard Rich in Richie Rich? Or before that, displaying his sterling range of faces in TV land, including St Elsewhere, Oz and The Practice. Not to mention two high billing roles opposite Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby and The Great Waldo Pepper.
Did you recognise his reassuring patriarchal tones as the voice of the Stratton Oakmont TV commercial in The Wolf of Wall Street?
At 70 years old now, the camera continues to love him and his effortless ability to portray smart or plummy, the fool, the confidante, the fop. Yes, even the re-animated Frankstein’s Munster.
Since Gilmore Girls ended, you might have seen that big hunk of a man in 30 Rock and Greys Anatomy, as well as marking his territory in Matt Czuchry’s patch (Logan Huntzberger), as Lionel Deerfield in The Good Wife.
He appeared as the reverend in How I Met Your Mother where he suffered a third fictional heart attack. He’s gotta be the go-to guy for heart attacks.
What’s your favourite Richard Gilmore moment? Your favourite Edward Herrmann role?
Pics c/o The WB and from Here Come The Munsters