Dwight Frye Overview:

Character actor, Dwight Frye, was born Dwight Iliff Fry on Feb 22, 1899 in Salina, KS. Frye died at the age of 44 on Nov 7, 1943 in Hollywood, CA .


Small, dapper American actor whose dark-haired, fresh-faced looks seemed to qualify him for lounge lizards. But there was a hint of anguish about the features that drew directors of horror films and bizarre thrillers to cast him in featured roles. The grotesques that resulted were often genuinely frightening, and his pathetic, chilling Renfield in the 1930 Dracula has never been bettered. Died from a heart attack.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Dwight Frye Quotes:

Van Helsing: You'll die in torment if you die with innocent blood on your soul.
Renfield: God will not damn a poor lunatic's soul. He knows that the powers of evil are too great for those with weak minds.

Renfield: No, no, master. I wasn't going to say anything, I told them nothing. I am loyal to you master.

Renfield: He came and stood below my window in the moonlight. And he promised me things, not in words, but by doing them.
Van Helsing: Doing them?
Renfield: By making them happen. A red mist spread over the lawn, coming on like a flame of fire! And then he parted it, and I could see that there were thousands of rats, with their eyes blazing red,l ike his, only smaller. Then he held up his hand, and they all stopped, and I thought he seemed to be saying: "Rats! Rats! Rats! Thousands! Millions of them! All red-blood! All these will I give you! If you will obey me!"
Van Helsing: What did he want you to do?
Renfield: That which has already been done!
[giggles sinisterly]

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Father of Dwight David Frye.

Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, in the Graceland section.

In 1971, the original Alice Cooper Group, being greatly inspired by Frye's "Renfield" character in Dracula (1931), further immortalized him in their song "The Ballad of Dwight Fry" (without the "e"). The nearly seven-minute conceptual composition appears on their "Love It To Death" album.

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