"Harry's War" (1981)
Written and directed by Kieth Merrill, this relatively obscure indie comedy featured a rare leading-man part for Herrmann. He played Harry Johnson, a postman who takes up his late aunt's fight against the IRS and ends up declaring war on the agency — complete with his own tank. "Harry's War" costarred Geraldine Page and
A year later, Herrmann played
"The Lost Boys" (1987)
Long before "Twilight" brooded its way into massive popularity, Herrmann appeared in the '80s vampire flick "The Lost Boys" opposite teen idols Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, and the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman).
In a 2012 interview with AV Club, Herrmann recalled the movie fondly, although he added, "at the risk of disappointing the vampire clan, I was not personally drawn to them. I just thought it was a hell of a lot of fun to play one, because I'd never done it. Later, when I was able to play Herman Munster, that was a real treat as well."
"The Cat's Meow" (2001)
His everyman stand in "Harry's War" notwithstanding, Herrmann played his share of well-heeled characters too, including
He did so once again in Peter Bogdanovich's period drama "The Cat's Meow," portraying newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst opposite Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard and Cary Elwes. In a review for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert wrote, "The film is darkly atmospheric, with Herrmann quietly suggesting the sadness and obsession beneath Hearst's forced avuncular chortles."
This one is a bit of an easter egg: Director
For Herrman, "Wolf" winked at a prolific career as a voice-over artist and served as a reunion with "The Aviator" filmmaker Scorsese. It would also mark one of Herrmann's final films.