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      Fred Gwynne

      Fred Gwynne

      Highest Rated: 99% On the Waterfront (1954)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jul 10, 1926

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      A gentle and dapper giant, this 6'5" distinctive character player of stage, film and TV was best known for his portrayal of comic bumblers on two 1960s sitcoms, "Car 54, Where Are You?" (NBC, 1961-63) and "The Munsters" (CBS, 1964-66). In the former, a broad slapstick police comedy, Gwynne portrayed the quietly hapless Officer Muldoon. "The Munsters," a freaky family comedy, exploited his resemblance to Boris Karloff by casting him as Herman Munster--a Frankenstein's Monster look-alike who was a devoted family man. Tall, greenish, and gruesome, Herman invariably frightened the neighbors but his sunny disposition made him quick to bellow with laughter. Gwynne reprised his signature character for a feature film "Munster, Go Home" (1966) and has haunted syndicated reruns ever since. He returned 15 years later for a TV-movie "reunion," "The Munsters' Revenge" (NBC, 1981). Gwynne was especially convincing as quirky or somewhat melancholy authority figures, and he was well utilized in a number of films, including "On the Waterfront" as longshoreman Slim (1954); Bernardo Bertolucci's "Luna" (1979) in a cameo as Jill Clayburgh's ill-fated husband; "The Cotton Club" (1984) as a sympathetic underworld figure; "The Boy Who Could Fly" (1986), as the alcoholic uncle of the title character; "Pet Sematary" (1989) as a country gentleman; a bit part in Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog" (1992); and a delicious final supporting role as a no-nonsense Southern judge in "My Cousin Vinny" (1992). Gwynne also had a significant career on the New York stage, appearing in various plays including "Irma La Douce," "Texas Trilogy," "Arsenic and Old Lace," "Twelfth Night" and "The Winter's Tale." Gwynne worked as an advertising copywriter in the late 50s while pursuing acting. In the 1980s, he made a good deal of his income doing voice-overs for TV commercials. A children's book author and illustrator, Gwynne succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 66.

      Highest rated movies

      On the Waterfront
      My Cousin Vinny
      Fatal Attraction
      The Cotton Club
      The Boy Who Could Fly
      So Fine
      Simon
      Ironweed

      Photos

      MUNSTER, GO HOME, Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, 1966 MUNSTER, GO HOME, Fred Gwynne, 1966 MUNSTER, GO HOME, Yvonne De Carlo, Fred Gwynne, 1966 MUNSTER, GO HOME, Al Lewis, Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick, 1966 MUNSTER, GO HOME, (front), Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, (back), Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Debbie Watson, 1966 MUNSTER, GO HOME, Yvonne De Carlo, Fred Gwynne, 1966 ON THE WATERFRONT, Lee J. Cobb, Marlon Brando, Fred Gwynne, 1955 PET SEMATARY, Fred Gwynne, Miko Hughes, 1989. MUNSTER, GO HOME, Fred Gwynne, 1966 THE COTTON CLUB, Fred Gwynne, 1984, (c)Orion Pictures THE BOY WHO COULD FLY, Fred Gwynne, Bonnie Bedelia, 1986, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. MY COUSIN VINNY, Marisa Tomei, Fred Gwynne, Joe Pesci, 1992, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. MY COUSIN VINNY, Fred Gwynne (background: judge), Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, 1992. ©20th Century Fox PET SEMATARY, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, 1989, (c)Paramount THE COTTON CLUB, John Ryan, Bob Hoskins, Fred Gwynne, James Remar, 1984, (c)Orion Pictures PET SEMATARY, Fred Gwynne, 1989. MY COUSIN VINNY, Marisa Tomei, Fred Gwynne, Joe Pesci, 1992, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved." MY COUSIN VINNY, Fred Gwynne, 1992. ©20th Century Fox MY COUSIN VINNY, Marisa Tomei, Joe Pesci, Fred Gwynne, 1992. TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. DISORGANIZED CRIME, Fred Gwynne, 1989 ©Buena Vista Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      54% 55% Shadows and Fog Hacker's Follower (Character) $2.4M 1992
      87% 87% My Cousin Vinny Judge Chamberlain Haller (Character) $50.9M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Black and White Brannigan (Character) - 1990
      55% 60% Pet Sematary Jud Crandall (Character) - 1989
      43% 58% Disorganized Crime Max Green (Character) $7.4M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder by the Book Victor Greville (Character) - 1987
      48% 58% The Secret of My Success Donald Davenport (Character) $65.3M 1987
      58% 59% Ironweed Oscar Reo (Character) $6.9M 1987
      74% 72% Fatal Attraction Arthur (Character) $154.0M 1987
      No Score Yet 56% The Christmas Star Waters (Character) - 1986
      64% 69% The Boy Who Could Fly Uncle Hugo (Character) $6.3M 1986
      No Score Yet 38% Vanishing Act Father Macklin (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 25% Off Beat The Commissioner (Character) $4.1M 1986
      0% 70% Water Franklin Spender (Character) - 1985
      74% 57% The Cotton Club Frenchy Demange (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mysterious Stranger Balthasar Hoffman (Character) - 1982
      63% 33% So Fine Chairman Lincoln (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 72% The Munsters' Revenge Herman Munster (Character) - 1981
      60% 68% Simon Maj. Gen. Korey (Character) - 1980
      46% 69% Luna Douglas Winter (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanctuary of Fear Judge Potter (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captains Courageous Long Jack (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harvey Cab Driver (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 56% The Littlest Angel Patience the Guardian Angel (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 69% Munster, Go Home Herman Munster (Character) - 1966
      99% 95% On the Waterfront Slim (Character) - 1954

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1965-1967
      83% 90% The Munsters Herman Munster (Character) 1964-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Francis Muldoon (Character) 1961-1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Little Dude (Character) 1956