Actor, Artist & Author Fredrick Hubbard Gwynne died.

After serving in the U.S. Navy Fred studied art at Harvard, & was a cartoonist for Harvard lampoon.

He became a stage actor & played a gangster in the Broadway comedy “Mrs McThing”.

His 1st movie was playing Slim opposite Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront”.

After being impressed by Gwynne in ” Mrs McThing” Phill Silvers wanted him on his show & he appeared in two episodes of “The Phill Silvers Show” being drafted into Sgt Bilko’s platoon.

This led to writer/producer Nat Hiken casting Gwwnne in the sit-com “Car 54, where are you”.

This is when he met his life long friend Al Lewis.

Gwynne was 6ft 5in & this along with his sense of humour led to his next role, which was to be his most famous, playing Herman Munster in TV’s “The Munsters” with his pal Al Lewis as Grandpa.

After the Munsters Gwynne was typecast & couldn’t find roles.

In 1969 he stared in a Tv production of Arsenic & Old Lace playing Jonathon Brewster, a role that Boris Karloff played in the Broadway production.

Gwynne was a talented singer & went back to the stage, among others he starred in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

In 1981 he returned as Herman in the movie Munsters reunion.

In 1989 he starred in Steven Kings movie Pet Sematary, his last movie was 1992 comedy My Cousin Vinny.

Fred Gwynne was more than just an actor, he also sang professionally, painted & wrote & illustrated children’s books.

 

 

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