Fred Gwynne Overview:

Character actor, Fred Gwynne, was born Frederick Hubbard Gwynne on Jul 10, 1926 in New York City, NY. Gwynne died at the age of 67 on Jul 2, 1993 in Taneytown, MD .


American comic actor, a Stateside equivalent of France's Fernandel, though alas too seldom in central roles. New York-born, Harvard-educated, the laconic Gwynne shot to fame in two television series, Car 54, Where Are You? And The Munsters, playing a Frankenstein's monster character in the latter. That took care of the 1960s and it was a decade later before he began to re-emerge in eye-catching character roles for the cinema, a medium which could have done with a greater share of his talent over the years, although he was also busy writing books for children. Died from pancreatic cancer.

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



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Cruikshank: Can I get you a bite of breakfast, governor?
Herman: Oh, thank you very much, Cruikshank, eh, but I am not a governor. I never even made Alderman.
Herman: I'm a simple man, a man of the people. You may call me: Lord.

Lily Munster: Marilyn, if you should happen to meet any strange men on board, be sure and speak to them.
Herman: That's right, dear. Don't let your... unatractiveness make you self conscious.

Herman: Goodbye Spot, don't eat anybody till we get back!

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Herman Munster, Gwynne's character on "The Munsters" (1964), was ranked #19 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 199-200. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.

Harvard University class of 1951.

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