His title character role in “Harry’s War, a comedy flick about a man’s struggle against the “System,” symbolized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, fits the political convictions of Edward Hermann to a “T.” In fact, this seasoned actor who collects and restores vintage model cars on the side, is a Libertarian who seeks out roles or movie themes that are aligned with his own political views.
Born as Edward Kirk Hermann on 21 July 1943 in Washington D.C., he grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. After graduating from Bucknell University in 1965, Hermann went on to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts on a Fulbright Fellowship grant.
Edward Hermann started his acting career in theater, where he appeared in “Moonchildren” that premiered in November 1971 at the Stage Arena in Washington D.C. The following year, he made his Broadway debut and five years later, won a Tony Award for his performance in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” He is best remembered for his very realistic portrayal of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the TV film “Eleanor and Franklin” and its sequel, “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years,” which both earned him Emmy nominations. Hermann entered the movies in the mid-70s playing supporting roles in memorable films such as “The Great Waldo Pepper,” “The Paper Chase,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “The Betsy” where he performed along side Hollywood big names in the likes of Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford. Edward Hermann, who has expressed his love for the spoken word, had hosted “The History Channel” and other radio and TV specials as well as narrated a number of audio books using different accents and dialects for which he won Audie awards. He is also known as “The Voice of Dodge” for rendering voice over work for over twelve years in Dodge automobile commercials.
A staunch Libertarian, Edward Hermann had voiced his observation that the interest of corporate America and multi-national businesses runs counter to the interest and welfare of people in Third World countries. He denounced the policy of supporting unpopular regimes that are friendly to big businesses and the destabilization of democratic governments that do not provide a favorable climate of investment to American corporate interests. Hermann advocated, instead, a cordial, harmonious and open alliance instead of a coercive and restrictive foreign policy that would cultivate a free world market economy that would improve the lives of people in poor and developing countries.