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Edward Herrmann passed at 71

by David Zatz on

Automotive News pointed out the passing of Edward Herrmann, the “voice of Dodge” from 1992 to 2001, a character actor, and classic car collector.  He had also done Hyundai commercials, for one year (2006),  was often a master of ceremonies for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, and host of  Automobiles on The History Channel.

He died at 71 of brain cancer, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital in New York. Raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, he was, according to Automotive News, seen as believable, intelligent, and recognizable by viewers; he generally extolled specific features of the cars in Chrysler’s most recent golden age, when every car and truck seemed to be a hit among both critics and customers, in some cases bringing Chrysler back to leadership in segments they’d become irrelevant in.

Mr. Herrmann was only absent for brief periods — an actor strike in 2000, and the Neon launch. He generally portrayed figures of authority on stage and television, ending up playing Richard Gilmore, the grandfather on “The Gilmore Girls.”

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