Edward Herrmann, a prolific character actor on the stage and screen, classic car collector and the popular voice of Dodge advertising through most of the 1990s, and for Hyundai in 2006, died Wednesday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital in New York.
He was 71.
The cause of death was brain cancer, his family said.
Herrmann, born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Grosse Pointe, Mich., was a longtime automotive enthusiast and restorer of classic automobiles. He was a regular master of ceremonies for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California and hosted the TV show "Automobiles" on The History Channel.
As the voice of Dodge from 1992 until 2001, he helped pitch everything from the small Neon car to the midsize Stratus sedan to the Durango SUV -- often with an easy but professorial tone.
It was a period of growth for Dodge, aided by the revamped Ram pickup, Caravan minivan and smaller, brief successes, such as the Intrepid, Neon and Stratus cars.