Edward Herrmann, the actor who grew up near Detroit and became a Dodge pitchman for more than a decade, died today in a New York hospital.
TMZ reports that Herrmann was being treated for brain cancer and had been in intensive care for at least three-and-a-half weeks.
Herrmann, who at 6-foot-5 stood as tall as the American auto industry did when he was growing up, was 71.
He was a well-known car guy, which he “blamed” on having grown up in the Detroit area. He was a longtime supporter of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and had for many years served as the voice of the awards show. The video above is an interview he taped with Barry Meguiar for the “Car Crazy” show in 2009. He told Meguiar that his first automobile crush was an Austin Healy.
And below is one of the dozens, if not hundreds, of spots he taped for Dodge during his tenure as the company’s spokesman from 1992-2001.
Robbie Kass, Herrmann’s manager, told USA Today that he would be missed.
“Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, he was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man. He will be sorely missed,” he said.
Rest in peace, Edward Hermann. Here’s to a lawn full of classic cars in the afterlife.