Dwight Frye

Birthday: Feb 22, 1899
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes Actor 1943
No Score Yet Submarine Alert Henry Haldine 1943
No Score Yet Dead Men Walk Zolarr 1943
85% Hangmen Also Die Actor 1943
25% Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Rudi 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 Sinners in Paradise Marshall (uncredited) 1938
No Score Yet Adventure in Sahara Gravet 1938
No Score Yet Something to Sing About Easton 1937
No Score Yet The Road Back Small Man 1937
No Score Yet The Man Who Found Himself Patient 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
71% 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

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