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Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne (left) in The Munsters
Birth name Frederick Hubbard Gwynne
Born July 10, 1926
Flag of the United States Flag of New York New York City, New York, USA
Died July 2, 1993 (aged 67)
Flag of the United States Flag of Maryland Taneytown, Maryland, USA

Frederick Hubbard Gwynne (July 10, 1926July 2, 1993) was an American actor, known for starring in the television sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters. Image File history File links Themunsters. ... The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of horror movie monsters. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_York. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... “NY” redirects here. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Maryland. ... Taneytown (TAW-nee-town) is a city in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Car 54, Where Are You? was a TV comedy show that ran from 1961 to 1963 on the American television network NBC. It followed the madcap adventures of police officers in the fictional 53rd precinct in the borough of The Bronx in New York City. ... The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of horror movie monsters. ...

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Biography

Early life

Gwynne was born in New York City, the son of Dorothy (Ficken) and Frederick Walker Gwynne, a stockbroker.[1] His paternal grandfather was an Episcopal minister who was born in Camus, County Tyrone, Ireland and his maternal grandfather was an immigrant from London, England.[1] Gwynne attended the prestigious Groton School and went on to graduate from Harvard University in 1951. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy and studied art on the G.I. Bill. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The word episcopal is derived from the Greek επίσκοπος, transliterated epískopos, which literally means overseer; the word, however, is used in religious contexts to refer to a bishop. ... Camus may mean: Albert Camus The Camus people of Kenya, living around Lake Baringo The Camus language, a Maa language spoken by the Camus Camus, County Galway, a Gaeltacht village in the west of Ireland Camus, Singer Songwiter This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Omagh Area: 3,155 km² Population (est. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... Groton School is a private, Episcopal, college preparatory boarding school located in Groton, Massachusetts, U.S. It enrolls approximately 350 boys and girls, from the eighth (Second Form) through twelfth grades (Sixth Form). ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... USN redirects here. ... This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ... The Servicemens Readjustment Act of 1944 (better known as the G.I. Bill) provided for college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans (commonly referred to as GIs or G.I.s) as well as one year of unemployment compensation. ...


Career

His first forays into acting in 1951 did not pay well so he worked for a while as a copywriter for "J. Walter Thompson". His Broadway career began to take off in 1952 so he quit the agency. He was a cartoonist for the Harvard Lampoon and became its president; he acted in the Hasty Pudding Club, and joined the Brattle Theatre Repertory Company after graduation. His first Broadway role was as a gangster in a 1952 comedy, "Mrs. McThing," which starred Helen Hayes.[2] This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Hasty Pudding Club was founded by Nymphus Hatch, a Junior at Harvard University, in 1790. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress whose successful and award-winning career spanned almost 70 years. ...


After parts in The Phil Silvers Show (as Private Honigan in "The Eating Contest" in 1955 and "For The Birds" in 1956) and many other shows as well as films, Nat Hiken cast him in the sitcom Car 54, Where Are You? as Patrolman Francis Muldoon, opposite Joe E. Ross, who played his partner, Gunther J. Toody. That program lasted two seasons, where he met longtime friend and later co-star, Al Lewis. After his experience in The Munsters, he was unfortunate to be typecast as Herman Munster, the tall, goofy parody of Frankenstein's monster, and experienced difficulty with being cast in other projects. Gwynne was 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall. For his role as Herman Munster he had to wear 40 or 50 lb (20 kg) of padding, makeup and 4-inch elevator shoes. While filming The Munsters, his face was painted a bright violet because it captured the most light on the black-and-white film. Of the face-paint, he said, "I didn't mind it all that much, although it kind of made me look like a purple Indian." Gwynne was known for his good spirits and sense of humor, and retained fond recollections of Herman. He was later cast as Jonathan Brewster, a Frankenstein monster-like character, in a 1969 television production of "Arsenic and Old Lace". Car 54, Where Are You? was a TV comedy show that ran from 1961 to 1963 on the American television network NBC. It followed the madcap adventures of police officers in the fictional 53rd precinct in the borough of The Bronx in New York City. ... Joe E. Ross Joe E. Ross (1914–1982) was born in Manhattan in 1914. ... Al Lewis (30 April 1923 – 3 February 2006) was an American actor best known for his role as Grandpa on the television series The Munsters. ... Boris Karloff as Frankensteins Monster in Frankenstein (1931). ... Elevator shoes also known as Height Increasing Shoes or Walktall Shoesare shoes which have thickened sections of the insoles (known as lifts) under the heels to make the wearer appear taller. ... Violet (named after the flower violet) is used in two senses: first, referring to the color of light at the short-wavelength end of the visible spectrum, approximately 380–420 nanometres (this is a spectral color). ... Look up humor in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In addition to his acting career, Gwynne sang professionally, painted, and wrote and illustrated children's books, including A Chocolate Moose for Dinner, The King Who Rained, Best In Show, Pondlarker, and A Little Pigeon Toad. He also lent his voice talents to commercials and radio shows such as CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Later, he held a number of shows of his art work, the first in 1989. Radio broadcasts have been a popular entertainment since the 1910s, though popularity has declined a little in some countries since television became widespread. ... The CBS Radio Mystery Theater logo The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt in the 1970s to revive the great drama of old-time radio. ...


He was able to display his musical talents in a Hallmark Hall of Fame made for television production, "The Littlest Angel" (1969). Gwynne eventually proved himself as a fine dramatic actor on stage. In 1974, he played the role of "Big Daddy" in the Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Another memorable role was as the Stage Manager in Our Town. He also appeared as "Colonel J. C. Kinkaid" in two parts of A Texas Trilogy". In 1984, he tried out for the part of Henry on the show Punky Brewster. He withdrew when the auditioner identified him as "Herman Munster" rather than by his real name. The role of Henry subsequently went to George Gaynes. Hallmark Hall of Fame is a long running anthology program on American television. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a Tony-nominated play by Tennessee Williams. ... Our Town by Thornton Wilder Our Town is a three act play by Thornton Wilder that is, perhaps, the most frequently produced play by an American playwright. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Punky Brewster was a popular sitcom in the 1980s. ... A pseudonym (Greek: , pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons legal name. ... George Gaynes (George Jongejans) (born May 16, 1917) is a Finnish-born American actor. ...


His performance as Jud Crandall in Pet Sematary was based on author Stephen King himself, who is also quite tall — only an inch shorter than the actor — and uses a similarly thick Maine dialect. Gwynne's Pet Sematary character has had recurring parody appearances in the South Park episodes "Butters' Very Own Episode", "Asspen", and "Marjorine". Gwynne also had roles in the movies On the Waterfront, Disorganized Crime, The Cotton Club, Captains Courageous, The Secret of My Success, Water, Ironweed and Fatal Attraction, The Boy Who Could Fly. Gwynne's last film performance was as Judge Chamberlain Haller in the 1992 film comedy, My Cousin Vinny, in which he used a credible Southern accent. In My Cousin Vinny, Vinny sees a Yale Law School Diploma on the wall behind Judge Haller (Fred Gwynne). As noted above, Gwynne was a Harvard man. Pet Sematary (sometimes referred to as Stephen Kings Pet Sematary) is a 1989 horror film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... This article is about the TV series. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... Asspen is episode 603 of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Marjorine is episode 909 of Comedy Centrals South Park. ... On the Waterfront is an Oscar-winning American 1954 film about mob violence and corruption among longshoremen, and it has become a standard of its kind. ... Released in 1989, Disorganized Crime is a movie (a cult movie to some) set in Montana written and directed by Jim Kouf. ... The Cotton Club is a movie, released in 1984, centered around a popular real-life Harlem jazz club in the 1930s, the Cotton Club. ... Captains Courageous is an 1897 novel, by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen year old Harvey Cheyne Jr. ... The Secret Of My Success is a 1987 movie starring Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, and Margaret Whitton. ... Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ... Ironweed book cover Ironweed is a 1983 novel by William Kennedy. ... Fatal Attraction is a 1987 thriller about a married man who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to allow it to end and who becomes obsessed with him. ... The Boy Who Could Fly is a 1986 film directed by Nick Castle. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American movie, released on Friday, 13 March, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. ... Southern American English as defined by the monophthongization of to before obstruents (Labov, Ash, and Boberg 2006:126). ... The Sterling Law Building Sculptural ornamentation on the Sterling Law Building Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ...


Earlier he was in the cast of The Phil Silvers Show as a man of enormous appetite that Sgt. Bilko entered in a pie-eating contest—then found out he could only consume mass quantities when depressed. Opening Logo The Phil Silvers Show (originally titled Youll Never Get Rich) was a comedy television series which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for a total of 143 episodes (including a 1959 special). ... In everyday language depression refers to any downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and perhaps due to something as trivial as your team losing. ...


On July 2nd, 1993, Gwynne died of pancreatic cancer in Pennington, New Jersey. He left wife Deborah and four children. July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumour within the pancreatic gland. ... Pennington is a Borough in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. ...


References

  1. ^ a b http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/celeb/gwynne.htm
  2. ^ Lambert, Bruce (2004): Fred Gwynne, Popular Actor, Is Dead at 78. The New York Times, August 28, 2004, p. 8: Reference for Harvard Lampoon, Hasty Pudding, Brattle Theatre, "Mrs. McThing."

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Encyclopedia: Fred Gwynne (1006 words)
However, Gwynne was known for his good spirits and sense of humour, and retained fond recollections of "Herman".
Fred also sculpted and painted, and wrote and illustrated some adorable children's books, a few of which are still available in libraries and larger bookstores like Barnes and Noble, and Borders.
Fred Gwynne was best friends in real life with Al Lewis, his co-star from Car 54 and Munsters.
Fred Gwynne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (337 words)
After his experience in The Munsters, he was unfortunate to be typecast as Herman Munster, the tall, goofy parody of Frankenstein's monster, and experienced difficulty with being cast in other projects.
Gwynne eventually proved himself as a fine dramatic actor on stage.
Gwynne's last film performance was as the judge in the 1992 movie comedy, My Cousin Vinny in which he used a credible Southern accent.
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