Fred Gwynne
American actor
Fred Gwynne
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.
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THE BOOTLEG FILES: LUNA - Film Threat
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Even more unlikely is the actor playing her husband/manager: Fred Gwynne. Yes, I know it is improper, but I find it impossible not to look at Fred Gwynne without hearing Al Lewis yelling “Herman!” or Joe E. Ross going “Ooo! Ooo!
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The Munsters volverá a la TV - Cine Premiere
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Recuerden que CBS esta en pos de una nueva versión de Hechizada. ¿Qué les parece? Muchos afirman que la elección de Herman Munster es la más complicada, pues el trabajo del ahora extinto Fred Gwynne era sencillamente genial
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Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List - Riverfront Times (blog)
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And Herman Munster (in his human incarnation as Fred Gwynne) posthumously wrote a bestseller, too, A Chocolate Moose for Dinner. Local author Scott Phillips has done almost as well as Suzanne Collins: He's got two books on the bestseller list,
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"Los Monster" atacan de nuevo con remake para la NBC - VerTele
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Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo y Al Lewis fueron los primeros en interpretar a la familia Munster. Estos continuaron encarnando a los personajes en la película Munster, Go Home! (1966) y en The Munsters' Revenge, tv-movie producida por la NBC en 1981
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Alexandre Aja na "Smętarzu dla zwierząt" - Wirtualna Polska
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W 1989 roku powstał film na podstawie książki, w którym zagrali Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby i Fred Gwynne. 1992 roku w kinach pojawił się sequel horroru. Alexandre Aja ma na koncie filmy "Pirania", "Wzgórza mają oczy" oraz "Lustra"
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On This Day ... - Patch.com
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1998) … actor Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster, “My Cousin Vinny”) was born in 1926 (d. 1993) … metal god Ronnie James Dio was born in 1942 (d. 2010) … tennis player Arthur Ashe was born in 1943 (d. 1993) … folk god Arlo Guthrie was born in 1947 …
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Spike Lee In Talks To Direct Remake Of Oldboy? - Cinema Blend
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If only Hollywood would take a lesson from Fred Gwynne in Pet Sematary: sometimes dead is better. Twitch has learned that not only is Oldboy being given new life, but Spike Lee (of all people) is now in talks to direct it
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Mi primo Vinny - Canal+
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En su reparto cabe destacar, además de a Marisa Tomei, al propio Pesci ya un Ralph Macchio pos "Karate Kid", al desaparecido Fred Gwynne en su arquetipo de juez rígido y fiel mantenedor de las formas
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Courtroom-based films coming to Lyric - TCPalm
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Marisa Tomei won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Pesci's girlfriend, but it's Fred Gwynne as the hard-hearted, though not hard-headed judge who really shines, especially with his "What is a 'yout'?" query to Pesci
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Inman: Al Lewis was the 'Car 54' character that played on 'The Munsters" - Alexandria Town Talk
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It starred Fred Gwynne and I believe the man who played his partner went on to become Gwynne's co-star on "The Munsters." But no one agrees with me on this. Can you help clear this up? Answer: Well, your friends are right, but you aren't totally wrong
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Diamondbacks scouts say Florida Marlins slugger Mike Stanton has "Munster" power - Palm Beach Post
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Williams and Arizona bench coach Alan Trammell both said that's the first time they've heard of the old TV character from The Munsters, based on the Frankenstein monster-like role played by the late Fred Gwynne, used as a reference in a professional
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Simon Pegg - A.V. Club Austin
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When Fred Gwynne used to do that, get excited and walk across the room. [Laughs.] It's exactly like what Darth Vader did. AVC: Nerd Do Well does a good job of pointing out that comedy has its own nerdy subset of fans, though it's not usually the first
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Remaking Carrie? Redo These 5 Stephen King Films Instead! - ShockTillYouDrop.com
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"IT," "The Stand" and "Pet Sematary," meanwhile, are in queue to needlessly be re-told as feature films (I still think Fred Gwynne deserved some sort of award for his performance in the latter). The studio system is intent on revisiting the King movies
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No. 50 and No. 97, where are you? - Seahawks.com (blog)
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It was about two Bronx cops – Gunther Toody (played by Joe E. Ross) and Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne, pre-Munsters) – who spent most of the show in their patrol car. Well, we've spent the past few months looking for two of the players the readers of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fred Gwynne
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 66
    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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  • 1988
    Age 61
    In 1988, Gwynne married Deborah Flater.
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  • 1987
    Age 60
    In 1987, Gwynne starred in a short-lived TV series Jake's M.O. where he played an investigative reporter.
    More Details Hide Details Gwynne's 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 also had roles in the movies Simon, On the Waterfront, So Fine, Disorganized Crime, The Cotton Club, Captains Courageous, The Secret of My Success, Water, Ironweed, Fatal Attraction and The Boy Who Could Fly. Despite his misgiving about having been typecast, he also agreed to reprise the role of Herman Munster for the 1981 TV reunion movie The Munsters' Revenge. In his last film, Gwynne played Judge Chamberlain Haller in the 1992 film comedy My Cousin Vinny. As a Yale Law School educated judge in the film, he used a Southern accent in his verbal sparring with Joe Pesci's character, Vincent "Vinny" Gambini, over how to pronounce the word "youths" which was prominently featured in the film's trailer.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 57
    In 1984, he tried out for the part of Henry on the show Punky Brewster.
    More Details Hide Details He is said to have withdrawn from the audition in frustration when the auditioner identified him as Herman Munster rather than by his real name. The role of Henry subsequently went to George Gaynes.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 49
    He returned to Broadway in 1976 as Colonel J. C. Kinkaid in two parts of A Texas Trilogy.
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  • 1975
    Age 48
    In 1975 he played the Stage Manager in Our Town at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.
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  • 1974
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 42
    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.)
    More Details Hide Details A talented vocalist, Gwynne sang in a Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-television production, The Littlest Angel (1969), and went on to perform in a variety of roles on stage and screen.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bilko (Phil Silvers), who seeks prize money by entering Honnergar in an eating contest. Gwynne's second appearance on The Phil Silvers Show (in the episode "Its For The Birds" in 1956 in which Bilko persuades bird expert Honnergar to go on The $64,000 Question) and many other shows led writer-producer Nat Hiken to cast him in the sitcom Car 54, Where Are You? as Patrolman Francis Muldoon, opposite Joe E. Ross. During the two-season run of the program he met longtime friend and later co-star, Al Lewis. Gwynne was 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall, an attribute that contributed to his being cast as Herman Munster, a goofy parody of Frankenstein's monster, in the sitcom The Munsters. For his role he had to wear 40 or 50 lbs of padding, makeup, and 4-inch asphalt-spreader boots. His face was painted a bright violet because it captured the most light on the black-and-white film. Gwynne was known for his sense of humor and retained fond recollections of Herman, saying in later life, "... I might as well tell you the truth. I love old Herman Munster. Much as I try not to, I can't stop liking that fellow." After his iconic role in The Munsters, he found himself typecast, unable to gain new character roles for over two years.
  • 1954
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterwards Phil Silvers sought him out for his television show because he had been impressed by Gwynne's comedic work in Mrs. McThing.
  • 1952
    Age 25
    In 1952, Gwynne married socialite Jean "Foxy" Reynard, a granddaughter of New York City mayor William Jay Gaynor.
    More Details Hide Details They had five children—three sons, Evan, Dylan, and Keiron, and two daughters, Madyn and Gaynor—before divorcing in 1980. Dylan died in a drowning accident as a child in 1963, and Keiron was born with developmental disabilities.
    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.
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  • 1951
    Age 24
    He graduated in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Although Gwynne grew up in Tuxedo Park, New York, he spent most of his childhood in South Carolina, Florida, and Colorado because his father traveled extensively. At Harvard, he was a member of the Fly Club, sang with the a cappella group the Harvard Krokodiloes, was a cartoonist for the Harvard Lampoon (eventually becoming its president), and acted in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals shows. During World War II, Gwynne served in the United States Navy. He later studied art under the G.I. Bill.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His paternal grandfather was an Episcopal priest born in Camus, near Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland, and his maternal grandfather was an immigrant from London, England. Gwynne attended the Groton School, and then entered Harvard College where he was affiliated with Adams House.
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