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 .

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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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Fred Gwynne Quotes:

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.
[chuckles]
Herman: I'm a simple man, a man of the people. You may call me: Lord.


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


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.


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Fred Gwynne Facts
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.

Harvard University class of 1951.

Between 1975 and 1982, he appeared in 79 episodes of "The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre".

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