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Fred Gwynne

Performer
( b. Jul 10, 1926 New York, New York, USA - d. Jul 02, 1993 Taneytown, Maryland, USA ) Male
Also known as: Frederick Hubbard Gwynne [Birthname]
Fred Gwynne was an actor who had a diverse career but was best known for his portrayal of Herman Munster in the hit series "The Munsters."

Mr. Gwynne, who was 6 foot 5, was once told by a drama teacher that he was too tall for acting. His dominant features were a high forehead, a long face and a jaw so deep that it was described in one newspaper profile as Cro-Magnon.

His imposing looks, combined with a booming bass voice that was often in demand for narrations, made him a natural choice to play Herman Munster, a cheerful parody of the Frankenstein monster.

In 42 years of acting, Mr. Gwynne played a wide variety of roles, in Shakespearean productions and Broadway musicals, challenging dramas and lowbrow television comedy.

His varied career also included a stint as an advertising copywriter on the Ford account for the J. Walter Thompson agency, where he devised the slogan "the world's most beautifully proportioned car."

Although Herman Munster haunted his acting career like a friendly ghost, Mr. Gwynne also drew praise for more serious roles. Walter Kerr in The Times described as "astonishingly effective" Mr. Gwynne's portrayal of Big Daddy in the 1974 revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Ashley and Keir Dullea.

He made his Broadway debut as a gangster named Stinker in Mrs. McThing

Source: The New York Times obituary



Productions Date of Productions
Whodunnit
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Fred Gwynne [Inspector Bowden]
Dec 30, 1982 - May 15, 1983
Players
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Fred Gwynne [Jock Riley]
Sep 06, 1978 - Sep 24, 1978
Angel
[Musical, Original]
  • Starring: Fred Gwynne [W. O. Gant]
May 10, 1978 - May 13, 1978
A Texas Trilogy: The Oldest Living Graduate
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Fred Gwynne [Colonel J. C. Kinkaid]
Sep 23, 1976 - Oct 29, 1976
A Texas Trilogy: The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Fred Gwynne [Colonel J. C. Kinkaid]
Sep 22, 1976 - Oct 31, 1976
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Fred Gwynne [Big Daddy]
Sep 24, 1974 - Feb 08, 1975
The Lincoln Mask
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Fred Gwynne [Abraham Lincoln]
Oct 30, 1972 - Nov 04, 1972
Here's Love
[Musical, Original]
  • Also Starring: Fred Gwynne [Marvin Shellhammer]
Oct 03, 1963 - Jul 25, 1964
Irma La Douce
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Fred Gwynne [Polyte-Le-Mou]
Sep 29, 1960 - Dec 31, 1961
The Frogs of Spring
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Fred Gwynne [Luther Raubel]
Oct 20, 1953 - Oct 31, 1953
Love's Labour's Lost
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Frederick Hubbard Gwynne [Dull]
Feb 04, 1953 - Feb 15, 1953
Mrs. McThing
[Play, Comedy, Fantasy, Original]
  • Performer: Fred Gwynne [Stinker]
Feb 20, 1952 - Jan 10, 1953
1977 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play
 A Texas Trilogy: The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia [nominee]
Starring: Fred Gwynne
1977 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play
 A Texas Trilogy: The Oldest Living Graduate [nominee]
Starring: Fred Gwynne
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