( b. Jul 10, 1926 New York, New York, USA - d. Jul 02, 1993 Taneytown, Maryland, USA ) Male
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