Edward Herrmann, actor famed for his FDR portrayals, dies

January 1, 2015 9:04 AM

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Edward Herrmann, a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor who became known for his memorable portrayals of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and, more recently, for his role as the father on the TV series “Gilmore Girls,” died Wednesday at a hospital in New York City. He was 71.

At 6-foot-5, and with a commanding, elegant voice, Herrmann was a charismatic presence during his decades-long career in the dramatic arts. To his early audiences, he was closely identified with the character of FDR, the president who overcame polio as a young man and led the United States through t...

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