Edward Kirk Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor. Herrmann was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Jean Eleanor (nee 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.