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

Herman: I want to go to the party and put on funny hats and be obnoxious and talk too loud and get stoned- uphold the American image abroad.

Herman: "Car 54, Where Are You?" - when finally discovering the secret of Munster Hall.

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Worked as a salesman at Seal Lock Burial Vault, Forest Hills, New York, in the early 1950s. (The McCloskey family later changed this Woodhaven Blvd. business into a florist shop, still operating in 2007.).

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].

Was featured/parodied in Playboy's Little Annie Fanny (The Unhappy Comic - April, 1963) as Freddy (Annie served as a kind of "visual relief" on-stage), and represented by Annie's agent, Solly, a recurring character based upon Phil Silvers.

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