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Fred Gwynne ACTOR


Fred Gwynne was born on July 10th, 1926 in New York City, New York with the birth name Frederick Hubbard Gwynne.  His parents were Frederick Walker Gwynne and Dorothy Ficken.  His family was quite wealthy and he received his early education from an exclusive preparatory school called Groton.  It was at this time that his interest in acting first peaked when he appeared in a school stage production of, "Henry V". 
Once he graduated from high school he decided to join the United States Navy and serve during World War II.  After completing his service, he chose to enroll at Harvard University where he earned a degree in English and remained active in the school drama program as well.
After college he began pursuing a career in acting.  He began first as a stage actor working with the Cambridge Massachusetts repertory company.  After gaining some experience, Gwynne then decided to relocate to New York City.  He first found work as a musician and copywriter and even wrote a book, "The Best in Show" in 1958.  He was mainly supporting himself by being a writer as well as a book artist and commercial illustrator.  However, he did not give up on trying to get more involved in the acting industry.
He was working on Broadway in such productions as, "Mrs. McThing" and "The Frogs of Spring".  Soon he began making film appearances on such features as, "On the Waterfront" (1954) and later in his career in the big screen in, "The Cotton Club" (1984), "Ironweed" (1987), "Disorganized Crime" (1989) and "Pet Semetary" (1989). 
Along with film work he also began appearing on such television series as, "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948), "The Kaiser Aluminum Hour" (1956), "Kraft Theatre" (1947), "The Dupont Show of the Month" (1957), "The Dupont Dhow of the Week" (1961), "The United States Steel Hour" (1953), "Car 54, Where Are You?" (1961) and the role he became most known for as the Frankenstein character, Herman Munster in, "The Munsters" (1964-1967).
Other roles that he added to his resume over the course of his career were roles in such television series as, "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955), "The Red Skelton Hour" (1951) and "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1969)
Not only was he a talented actor, Gwynne was also a very talented singer and painter.  He wrote and illustrated a number of children's books throughout his lifetime such as, "It's Easy to See Why", "A Chocolate Moose for Dinner", "The King Who Rained", "The Battle of the Frogs and Mice" and "A Little Pigeon Toad".
He returned to live theater after a seven year break appearing in such stage productions as, "Here's Love", "The Lincoln Mask", "Angel", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Whodunnit".  Gwynne also appeared on the radio in a total of seventy nine episodes of, "The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre" between 1975 and 1982.
Throughout his lifetime he married twice, first to Foxy Gwynne in 1951 and they had five children together and remained married until 1980.  He then married for a second time to Deb Gwynne in 1988 and they were together until he passed away on July 2nd, 1993 in Taneytown, Maryland after suffering from pancreatic cancer.  His remains were interred at the Sandymount United Methodist Church graveyard in Finksburg, Maryland. 

1992 Lincoln
1992 My Cousin Vinny
1991 Shadows and Fog 
1990 Earthday Birthday
1990 Murder in Black and White
1989 Pet Sematary 
1989 Disorganized Crime 
1987 Ironweed
1987 American Masters
1987 Fatal Attraction
1987 The Secret of My Succe$s
1987 Murder by the Book 
1987 Jake's M.O. 
1986 The Christmas Star 
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly
1986 Vanishing Act 
1986 Off Beat 
1985 Kane & Abel 
1985 Water
1984 The Cotton Club
1982 The Mysterious Stranger
1982 American Playhouse
1981 So Fine 
1981 The Munsters' Revenge 
1980 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg 
1980 Simon 
1980 A Day with Conrad Green 
1980 Jack-a-boy 
1979 Luna
1979 Sanctuary of Fear
1977 Captains Courageous
1976 Captains and the Kings
1974 Great Performances 
1969-1972 Hallmark Hall of Fame 
1972 Norman Corwin Presents 
1971 Dames at Sea 
1971 The Police 
1969 Anderson and Company 
1969 Arsenic and Old Lace 
1968 Mad Mad Scientist 
1967 NET Playhouse 
1966 Antkeeper 
1966 Munster, Go Home! 
1965 The Red Skelton Hour
1964 Brenner
1964-1967 The Munsters
1963 The United States Steel Hour
1961-1963 Car 54, Where Are You?
1962 The DuPont Show of the Week
1961 Play of the Week
1958 The DuPont Show of the Month
1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show
1957 Kraft Theatre
1957 Suspicion 
1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour
1956 Studio One in Hollywood
1955-1956 The Phil Silvers Show
1954 On the Waterfront 
1953 You Are There

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