Fred Gwynne

Born Jul 10, 1926

Frederick Hubbard "Fred" Gwynne was an American actor. Gwynne was best known for his roles in the 1960s sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, as well as his later roles: Pet Sematary and My Cousin Vinny. He was recognized for his distinctive baritone voice.… Read More

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1926 Birth Gwynne was born on July 10, 1926, in New York City, son of Frederick Walker Gwynne, a partner in the securities firm Gwynne Brothers, and his wife Dorothy Ficken. … Read More


1951 24 Years Old He graduated in 1951. … Read More
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Gwynne joined the Brattle Theatre Repertory Company after graduation, then moved to New York City. To support himself, Gwynne worked as a copywriter for J. Walter Thompson, resigning in 1952 upon being cast in his first Broadway role, a gangster in a comedy called Mrs. McThing, which starred Helen Hayes.
1954 27 Years Old In 1954 he made his first cinematic appearance playing - in an uncredited role - the laconic character "Slim" in the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront opposite Marlon Brando and Lee J. Cobb. … Read More
1955 28 Years Old As a result, in 1955, Gwynne made a memorable appearance on The Phil Silvers Show, in the episode "The Eating Contest" as the character Private Ed Honnergar, whose depressive eating binges are exploited by Sgt. … Read More


1969 43 Years Old In 1969, he was cast as Jonathan Brewster in a television production of Arsenic and Old Lace. (The Brewster character had originally been played by Boris Karloff in the Broadway theater production of the play; Karloff had also famously played the movies' Frankenstein character that Gwynne's Herman Munster character would later be based on.) … Read More
1974 48 Years Old In 1974, drawing upon his own Southern roots, he appeared in the role of Big Daddy Pollitt in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Ashley, Keir Dullea and Kate Reid.
1975 49 Years Old In 1975 he played the Stage Manager in Our Town at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.


1976 50 Years Old He returned to Broadway in 1976 as Colonel J. C. Kinkaid in two parts of A Texas Trilogy.
1984 58 Years Old In 1984, he tried out for the part of Henry on the show Punky Brewster. … Read More


1987 61 Years Old In 1987, Gwynne starred in a short-lived TV series Jake's M.O. where he played an investigative reporter. … Read More
1988 62 Years Old In 1988, Gwynne married Deborah Flater.
1993 67 Years Old Gwynne died of pancreatic cancer in his sleep, at his home on July 2, 1993, eight days short of his 67th birthday.
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