Edward Kirk Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor.
Herrmann was born in Washington, D.C. to Jean Eleanor (née O'Connor) and John Anthony Herrmann. He has German ancestry on his father's side. Herrmann grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and graduated from Bucknell University in 1965, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Herrmann is known for his uncanny portrayal of American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the made-for-TV movie, Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and the sequel, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) (both of which earned him Best Actor Emmy nominations), as well as the first feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie (1982). Herrmann portrayed Herman Munster in the Fox made for TV movie Here Come The Munsters in 1995. Although the movie featured cameos of some of the original cast in one scene it was gravely disliked...
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Intolerable Cruelty is a 2003 dark comedy/romance directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, and Billy Bob Thornton. It was released by Universal Pictures and received mixed reviews from critics.
Donovan Donaly (Geoffrey Rush), a soap opera producer, comes home to find his wife, Bonnie (Stacey Travis), having an affair with a pool cleaner named Ollie (Jack Kyle). He brandishes a gun to shoot Ollie, but his wife stabs him in the bum with his own pointy Lifetime Achievement Award trophy. Ollie and Bonnie run away while Donovan shoots at them from a balcony, later taking pictures of his wounded behind as proof that his wife attacked him first.
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The Emperor's Club is a 2002 film that tells the story of a prep school teacher and his students. Based on Ethan Canin's short story "The Palace Thief," the film is directed by Michael Hoffman and stars Kevin Kline. The movie is set at a fictional boy's prep school, St. Benedict's Academy, which is supposedly based on Phillips Exeter Academy, an American prep school located in Exeter, NH. The movie was filmed at Emma Willard School in Troy, NY. Kevin Kline is also said to have traveled to Regis High School in Manhattan to get further character preparation for his role.
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Atomic Train is a 1999 action movie about an accidental nuclear explosion destroying the city of Denver. It was originally broadcast on NBC as a two-part miniseries.A waste disposal company has a Russian nuclear bomb to transport, and an employee decides to save money by concealing it on a freight train. This train is also loaded with hazardous and flammable chemicals including metallic sodium which spontaneously ignites on contact with water. The train suffers a brake failure and becomes a runaway heading for Denver. John Seger, a heroic NTSB investigator, boards the train and with the assistance of the railwaymen tries various ways to stop the train, but nothing works. Meanwhile, Denver residents are struggling to collect their families and then leave town, despite rioters and gridlock.The train derails and becomes a terrific wreck. Discovering the now highly unstable bomb on-board, firefighters struggle to put out the fire at the crash site. The misinterpretation of a radio call to...,
Don't Drink the Water is a television movie directed by Woody Allen, based on a play he wrote in the 1960s. It was the second filmed version of the play, after the 1969 version, starring Jackie Gleason, left Allen unsatisfied. The story revolves around a family of American tourists (played by Allen, Julie Kavner, and Mayim Bialik) who get trapped behind the Iron Curtain. Michael J. Fox plays the bumbling American ambassador.The play has seen numerous successful runs on both big and small stagesThis is the second filmed version of Woody Allen's play, the first was in 1969, and starred Jackie Gleason in the lead role. Woody Allen hated the adaptation so much, that he felt the need to do it himself. It marks the second time Allen did work for TV, after Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, in 1971.What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) •Take the Money and Run (1969) •Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) •Bananas (1971) •Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were...
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The film was made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and was driven into production by Guinness himself who used his influence with the BBC to make it and with the various famous actors to appear in it.
It has only ever been shown on BBC TV once.
Cyril (McKern) and Waldo (Randolph), who are British and American, respectively, have both returned to France in search of the same woman (Moreau) with whom they each had a rendezvous in 1944 (unknown to the other). Cyril is accompanied by fellow veteran Amos (Guinness), while Waldo has his petty daughter (Chaplin) and her henpecked husband (Herrmann) in tow. The two groups...,
Big Business is a 1988 farcical comedy film starring Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler. Its premise was two pairs of identical twins who were mixed up as babies. One Midler-Tomlin pair ends up in a rich urban family, while the other pair ends up in a poor rural family, and coincidentally the rich twins seek to strip mine the small town, called Jupiter Hollow, in which the poor twins live. Both pairs run into each other at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan in this comical farce.The section could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items....
The Lost Boys is a 1987 American horror film about young Californians who must fight a gang of teenage vampires. It stars Jason Patric, Corey Haim, and Kiefer Sutherland, and co-stars Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes. It was directed by Joel Schumacher.
The Lost Boys was produced at the height of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" anti-drug ad campaign, and the film's depiction of vampirism is a direct metaphor for teenage drug addiction as it was portrayed in the media in the 1980s. The film's title is derived from Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie.
A divorced mother, Lucy Emerson (Dianne Wiest), and her two teenage sons Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move to live with Lucy's father in the small California town of Santa Carla (based loosely on the city of Santa Cruz, California, the film's primary filming location). Santa Carla plagued by problems with a motorcycle gang and unexplained disappearances.
Overboard is a movie starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell that was released in the summer of 1987. It was directed by Garry Marshall.Goldie Hawn is Joanna Stayton, the pampered wife of a pretentious socialite Grant Stayton III (Edward Herrmann). When their boat gets stuck for repairs, Joanna employs carpenter Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) to improve her closet space. But when Dean asks to be paid, he's blatantly turned down by the "nothing is ever good enough for me" Joanna. So when Joanna falls overboard and gets a bad case of amnesia, Dean takes advantage of the situation and, in a stroke of retributive genius, tells her that she's his wife and the mother of his four unruly children.A Korean drama television series, 환상의 커플 (Fantasy Couple), based on this movie was broadcast in 2006.A Bollywood film running on similar themes and plot was made in 1992 with Salman Khan named Ek Ladka Ek Ladki.This film is an adaptation of the 1974 classic Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue...,
The Man With One Red Shoe is a 1985 comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti. It's a remake of a 1972 French film Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire starring Pierre Richard and Mireille Darc.Cooper, the deputy director of the CIA, wants to be the director. So, he tries to smear the director into resigning or being removed. The director gives Cooper some false information—that there's a man who might be able to clear up the charges against him arriving at the airport, so he sends his man, Brown to meet him. Brown was just supposed to make contact with anyone at the airport thus making Cooper believe that he is the man who can help the director. Brown picks Richard because he is wearing mismatched shoes, one of them being red. So Cooper sets up surveillance on Richard and sends his femme fatale, Maddy to come on to him and find out what he knows. While Maddy is playing, Richard actually falls for her....
The Purple Rose of Cairo is an award-winning 1985 film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the story of a film character who leaves the film and enters the real world.
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A number of the scenes featuring Tom and Cecilia are set at the Bertrand Island Amusement Park, which...,
Reds is a 1981 film starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton. It centers on the life of John Reed, the Communist, journalist, and writer who chronicled the Russian Revolution in his book Ten Days that Shook the World.
Besides Beatty and Keaton, the movie stars Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Gene Hackman, Ramon Bieri, Nicolas Coster and M. Emmet Walsh. It was adapted by Warren Beatty, Peter S. Feibleman (uncredited), Trevor Griffiths, Elaine May (uncredited) and Jeremy Pikser from Reed's memoir. It was directed by Beatty.
The film also features, as "witnesses," interviews with the celebrated radical educator and peace activist 98-year old Scott Nearing (1883-1983), author Dorothy Frooks (1896-1997), reporter and author George Seldes (1890-1995), and the American writer Henry Miller (1891-1980), among others. Warren Beatty was awarded the Oscar for Best Director for the film. It was also nominated for Best Picture, but lost to ...,
The Betsy is a 1978 film made by the Harold Robbins International Company and released by Allied Artists. It was directed by Daniel Petrie and produced by Robert R. Weston and Emanuel L. Wolf with Jack Grossberg as associate producer. The screenplay was by William Bast and Walter Bernstein, adapted from the novel of the same title by Harold Robbins.
The film starred Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross, Tommy Lee Jones with Jane Alexander, Joseph Wiseman, Kathleen Beller, Edward Herrmann, Paul Rudd and Lesley-Anne Down.
The plot involves a fading family owned automobile manufacturer that pins its hopes for a return to profitability based upon a new model named for the granddaughter of the firms founder. Intrigue within the book centers on corporate secrets, and family betrayal. Several of the characters are very loosely based upon members of the Ford family, the most notable dynamic is between the character player by Olivier and that of Henry Ford.
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He soon tangles with a rival barnstormer, portrayed by actor Bo Svenson. The two cross paths again quickly, and eventually both wind up flying for the same employer, Dillhoefer (Philip Bruns), who owns a traveling air show. The story focuses on the exploits of the air show pilots both in the air and on the ground. In an effort to attract bigger crowds to his shows, Dillhoefer introduces several young ladies to the show including Mary Beth (Susan Sarandon) and Patsy (Kelly Jean Peters). As the air show moves from town to town, and the crew practices new stunts, they experience problems, errors, crashes, and an incident while training for a wingwalking stunt (it is notable that Robert Redford performed his own...
The Paper Chase is a 1970 novel, as well as a 1973 film based on the novel and a television series based on the movie.
Written by John Jay Osborn, Jr., a 1970 graduate of Harvard Law School, the book tells the story of Hart, a first-year law student at Harvard, and his experiences with Professor Charles Kingsfield, the brilliant, demanding contracts instructor whom he both idolizes and finds incredibly intimidating.
The 1973 movie, based "almost word for word" on the novel according to Osborn, starred John Houseman as Kingsfield and Timothy Bottoms as Hart.
The CBS television network aired a one-hour drama series in the 1978–1979 season based on the movie. John Houseman reprised his movie role, and James Stephens played Hart.
Cancelled after one year, PBS subsequently rebroadcasted all of the episodes.
In 1983, pay-cable network Showtime brought back the show with both Houseman and Stephens. At the end of three seasons on Showtime, Hart finally graduated law school.
In the late 1980s,...,
Edward Herrmann was born