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Encyclopedia > Freddie Prinze
Freddie Prinze

Freddie Prinze
Born: June 22, 1954
New York, New York, USA
Died: January 29, 1977
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation: Actor, Stand-up Comedian

Frederick Karl Pruetzel (22 June 195429 January 1977), better known as “Freddie Prinze” was an American stand-up comedian and actor. In his short career he was best known as the star of Chico and the Man. He was the father of actor Freddie Prinze, Jr. Publicity Photo of Freddie Prinze colorized by author File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_York. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_California. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... A stand-up or stand-up comic is someone that performs comedy in an informal way, i. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... A stand-up or stand-up comic is someone that performs comedy in an informal way, i. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... Chico and the Man was an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978, starring Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (The Man), the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and introducing Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an... Freddie James Prinze, Jr. ...

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Early life

Prinze was born at St. Clair's Hospital in New York City, the son of Karl and Maria Pruetzel. His mother was Puerto Rican Catholic and his father was a Lutheran German immigrant from post-Nazi Germany[1]. Prinze, however, claims that his father was a Hungarian Jew, and labeled himself a “Hungarican”. There are various arguments as to why Prinze had described his ethnic background the way he did.[2] New York, New York redirects here. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ...


Prinze was raised in a Hispanic milieu in the Washington Heights section of New York City. Prinze was educated first in a private Lutheran school, in a religious compromise by his parents (though his mother took him to Mass on Sundays). As a small child his mother enrolled him in ballet classes because of his weight problem. Without telling his parents, he auditioned for and was accepted by the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where among other subjects he was introduced to drama and continued to study ballet. This was also where he really found his gift for comedy — he would entertain crowds in the boys' restroom — and he quit school in his senior year to become a stand-up comedian. Washington Heights is a New York City neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... The Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts is located near the Juilliard School in the Lincoln Center district of Manhattan, on Amsterdam Avenue between 65th Street and 64th Street. ...


Career

Prinze worked at several comedy clubs in New York City, including Catch a Rising Star and The Improv. For his budding career as a comedian, he changed his name to “Prinze”. He chose that because, according to his friend David Brenner, he wanted to be known as the King of comedy, but Alan King already had that last name, so he would be the Prince of comedy instead. A comedy club is a venue, typically a nightclub, where people watch or listen to performances, including stand-up comedians, improvisational comedians, impersonators, magicians, ventriloquists and other comedy acts. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Catch a Rising Star is a chain of comedy clubs, founded in New York City in 1972. ... The Improv is a comedy club at 8162 Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California. ... Look up Career in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... David Brenner (born February 4, 1936) is a standup comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker. ... Alan King (December 26, 1927 – May 9, 2004), born Irwin Alan Kniberg, was an American comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. ...


In 1973, he made his first TV appearance on one of the last episodes of The Jack Paar Show. In December 1973, he had his biggest break, an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Prinze was the first young comedian to be asked to sit down and chat with Carson on his first appearance. He went on to appear, as well as guest host, The Tonight Show on numerous occasions after that. See also: 1972 in television, other events of 1973, 1974 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1973-74 American network television schedule. ... The First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and current host Jay Leno. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was the full name of NBCs The Tonight Show during the years that Johnny Carson hosted from 1962 to 1992. ...


From 1974 to 1977, he starred as Francisco “Chico” Rodriguez in the NBC TV series Chico and the Man with Jack Albertson. Both Prinze and the show were an instant hit. See also: 1973 in television, other events of 1974, 1975 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1974-75 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1976 in television, other events of 1977, 1978 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1977-78 American network television schedule. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Chico and the Man was an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978, starring Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (The Man), the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and introducing Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an... Jonathan Jack Albertson (June 16, 1907 - November 25, 1981) was considered a complete entertainer from the old school. ...


Prinze made several appearances on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, most notably at the roasts for Sammy Davis Jr. and Muhammad Ali. Including " Welcome Back Kotter". Sammy Davis, Jr. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ...



In 1976, he starred in a made-for-TV movie, The Million Dollar Rip-Off. Also in 1975, he released a comedy album that was taped live at Mr. Kelly's in Chicago titled Loooking Goood — his catch phrase from Chico and the Man. This is a list of television-related events in 1976. ... Telefilm redirects here. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor...


Prinze had a little-known talent for singing, examples of which were heard in the background of the title song of the Tony Orlando and Dawn album To Be With You, in his appearances on their variety show, and on rare occasions on his own sitcom. Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Private life

Prinze dated actresses Lisa Farringer, and Pam Grier, among others. He was also good friends with Kitty Bruce, daughter of the late Lenny Bruce, whom Prinze admired. He and Kitty Bruce were reported to have been engaged to be married at one time, but the rumor was never substantiated. Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. ... Lenny Bruce (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was a controversial American stand-up comedian, writer, social critic and satirist of the 1950s and 1960s. ...


He married Katherine Cochran in October 1975. They had one son, Freddie James Prinze, who later became an actor. The son's middle name was in honor of James Komack, producer of Chico and the Man. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Freddie Prinze, Jr. ... James Komack (3 August 1924 - 24 December 1997), was a prolific US actor, writer and producer. ...


In 1976, after his arrest for driving under the influence of Quaaludes, his wife filed for divorce on the grounds that his escalating dependence on drugs was endangering her and their son. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Methaqualone tablets and capsules. ... It has been suggested that Divorcee be merged into this article or section. ...


Death

On 28 January 1977, after receiving a restraining order from his ex-wife the night before, Prinze, who for a while had been telling friends at times that “life isn't worth living”, made a series of farewell phone calls to family, friends, and management from his hotel room at the Beverly Comstock Hotel. His business manager, Marvin “Dusty” Snyder, was alarmed after receiving one of these goodbye calls and rushed over to Prinze's room. When Snyder arrived, Prinze continued with his phone calls, telling his mother “Mom, I love you very much, but I can't go on. I need to find peace.” Snyder called Prinze's psychologist from the next room about what was going on, but the psychologist did not take the situation seriously and told Snyder that Prinze was in no imminent danger. Snyder returned to Prinze, who supposedly called his ex-wife and said “I love you, Kathy. I love the baby, but I need to find peace. I can't go on.” After the call, Prinze pulled out a gun from the sofa, Snyder tried to stop him, but Prinze shot himself in the head. He was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center and was placed on life support following emergency surgery. It was futile, though, and his family decided to take him off life support. Freddie Prinze died at 1:00 p.m. on 29 January at the age of 22. January 28 is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... An injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a court order that either prohibits or compels (enjoins or restrains) a party from continuing a particular activity. ... A psychologist is a scientist and/or clinician who studies psychology, the systematic investigation of the human mind, including behavior and cognition. ... UCLA Medical Center is a hospital located on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. ... Life support, in the medical field, refers to a set of therapies for preserving a patients life when essential body systems are not functioning sufficiently to sustain life unaided. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


After his death

The death, initially ruled a suicide, was years later re-ruled an “accidental shooting due to the influence of Quaaludes”; his mother led the effort to have the cause of death reworded. Prinze had a history of playing with guns, faking suicide attempts to frighten his friends to his amusement. He had left a note stating that the decision to take his life was his alone, but because he pulled the trigger in the presence of a witness, something suicides rarely do, it gave enough weight to the argument that he really was not planning to take his own life that night. Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life. ... This page deals with the cessation of life. ...


In 2001, TV Land began showing reruns of Chico and the Man. The show became popular once more and gained a new generation of fans for Prinze and the show, as well as rekindling the interest of old fans. This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Rerun van Pelt is the name of Linus and Lucys younger brother in the comic strip Peanuts. ...


In 2005, Freddie Prinze Jr. had a show on ABC called Freddie. Although it didn't last long, it was notable for two things: The pilot episode was dedicated to Freddie Prinze. Prinze Junior's production company is called Hunga Rican, Excitable Boy, and in the background, Prinze Senior is heard saying: “Looking Good!” This is a list of television-related events in 2005. ... Freddie Prinze, Jr. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Freddie was a television sitcom created by, and starring, Freddie Prinze, Jr. ...


See also

list of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ...

External links

  • Freddie Prinze Sr with more history on Prinze's life and career
  • Freddie Prinze at the Internet Movie Database
  • Information about his demise

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Freddie Prinze: Biography and Much More from Answers.com (1366 words)
Prinze's death remains controversial: coroner Thomas Noguchi ruled it a suicide, but after Prinze's family challenged the ruling a jury decided the shooting was accidental, allowing Prinze's family to collect on his $200,000 life insurance policy.
Prinze was educated first in a private Lutheran school, in a religious compromise by his parents (though his mother took him to Mass on Sundays).
Prinze had a little-known talent for singing, examples of which were heard in the background of the title song of the Tony Orlando and Dawn album To Be With You, in his appearances on their variety show, and on rare occasions on his own sitcom.
Prinze Time Access Rule (1293 words)
Freddie Prinze is one of only a handful of Puerto Rican Americans to earn national prominence as a popular entertainer--in his case, as a stand-up comedian.
Prinze was born in Washington Heights, New York, a working-poor, multi-ethnic neighborhood on the Upper West Side.
Prinze, however, had a difficult time adjusting to the pressures of his overnight success and stardom, and during this period, he experienced many personal problems.
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