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Dwight Frye

Highest Rated:   100% The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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Birthplace:   Salina, Kansas, USA
Born in Kansas and raised in Colorado, Dwight Frye studied for a career in music, and by his mid-teens was a talented concert pianist. He switched to acting when he joined the O.D. Woodward stock company in 1918. During his years on Broadway, Frye specialized in comedy parts. When Hollywood called, however, the actor found himself typed as a neurotic villain. The role that both made and broke him was the bug-eating lunatic Renfield in 1931's Dracula. Though he begged producers to allow him to play comic or "straight" parts, he was hopelessly typed as Renfield, and spent the bulk of his career portraying murderers, grave robbers, crazed hunchbacks and mad scientists. When the first "horror" cycle subsided, Frye found himself accepting nondescript bit roles in films like The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1939). During the 1940s, Frye bounced from one "B" factory to another, doing his usual in such cheap thrillers as Dead Men Walk (1942). In between acting jobs, he supported himself and his family as a designer in an aircraft factory. Dwight Frye was about to undertake the stereotype-breaking role of Secretary of War Newton D. Baker in the lavish 20th Century-Fox biopic Wilson when he died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 44.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Submarine Alert
  • Henry Haldine
1943
No Score Yet Dead Men Walk
  • Zolarr
1943
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Actor
1943
25% Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
  • Rudi
1943
No Score Yet Forgotten Terrors
  • Actor
1943
75% Ghost of Frankenstein
  • Village Man
1942
No Score Yet Great Guy
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Danger in the Pacific
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet The People vs. Dr. Kildare (My Life Is Yours)
  • Jury Foreman
1941
No Score Yet Flying Blind
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Drums of Fu Manchu
  • Anderson
1940
No Score Yet I Take This Woman
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Sky Bandits
  • Speavy
1940
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Fouquet's Valet (uncredited)
1939
91% Son of Frankenstein
  • Villager
1939
No Score Yet The Night Hawk
  • Colley
1938
No Score Yet Adventure in Sahara
  • Gravet
1938
No Score Yet Sinners in Paradise
  • Marshall (uncredited)
1938
No Score Yet Something to Sing About
  • Easton
1937
No Score Yet The Road Back
  • Small Man
1937
No Score Yet Beware of Ladies
  • Swanson
1937
100% The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Karl, the Hunchback
1935
No Score Yet The Crime of Dr. Crespi
  • Dr. Thomas
1935
100% The Invisible Man
  • Reporter
1933
60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin)
  • Herman Gleib
1933
No Score Yet Wayne Murder Case
  • Robert Wayne
1932
No Score Yet The Western Code
  • Dick Lewis
1932
No Score Yet Strange Adventure
  • Actor
1932
100% Frankenstein
  • Fritz
1931
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in the Black Camel
  • Jessop
1931
67% The Maltese Falcon
  • Wilmer Cook
1931
91% Dracula
  • Renfield
1931
No Score Yet Forgotten Terrors
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Doorway to Hell
  • Gangster
1930
No Score Yet Bloodsuckers
  • Actor
1922

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