Fred Gwynne

Highest Rated: 98% On the Waterfront (1954)
Lowest Rated: 48% Shadows and Fog (1992)
Birthday: Jul 10, 1926
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
The son of a Wall Street broker, towering (6'5") actor Fred Gwynne was born sucking on the proverbial silver spoon. Gwynne attended the prestigious Groton prep school, where he made his acting bow in a student production of Henry V. He then attended Harvard, where he studying drawing with artist R.S. Merryman and was active in dramatics and as a staffer of the Harvard Crimson. Upon graduation, Gwynne played Shakespeare with the Cambridge repertory before heading to New York City. He appeared in such Broadway plays as Mrs. McThing and was cast in a bit role in the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront, but for many years his principal source of income was as a book illustrator and commercial artist (his first published work was titled The Best in Show). In 1961, Gwynne was co-starring in the Broadway musical Irma La Douce when TV producer/writer Nat Hiken, who'd cast Gwynne in a handful of guest roles on the 1950s sitcom Sgt. Bilko, hired the actor to play NYPD officer Francis Muldoon on the weekly comedy Car 54, Where are You? A year after the series' cancellation, Gwynne was starred in his most famous TV role: bolt-necked, soft-hearted Herman Munster in The Munsters (1964-66). Afterwards, Gwynne distanced himself from television for the most part. In the 1970s and 1980s, he distinguished himself on Broadway in powerful dramatic roles, often playing autocratic Southerners (e.g. Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and an elderly Klansman in Texas Trilogy). Fred Gwynne also returned to films during this period, playing key roles in such major productions as The Cotton Club (1984) and Shadows and Fog (1992); he died of pancreatic cancer shortly after completing his critically acclaimed role of the judge in My Cousin Vinny (1993).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
48% Shadows and Fog Hacker's Follower 1992
85% My Cousin Vinny Judge Chamberlain Haller 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 Edwin Stanton 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 Edwin Stanton 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 Edwin Stanton 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 Edwin Stanton 1992
52% Pet Sematary Jud Crandall 1989
50% Disorganized Crime Max Green 1989
71% The Land Before Time Actor 1988
No Score Yet Vanishing Act Father Macklin 1988
62% Ironweed Oscar Reo 1987
77% Fatal Attraction Arthur 1987
57% The Secret of My Success Donald Davenport 1987
No Score Yet Murder by the Book Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Christmas Star Waters 1986
67% The Boy Who Could Fly Uncle Hugo 1986
No Score Yet Off Beat The Commissioner 1986
No Score Yet Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby Is a Friend of Mine Charles Dickens 1985
No Score Yet Water Franklin Spender 1985
75% The Cotton Club Frenchy Demange 1984
No Score Yet No. 44 the Mysterious Stranger Balthasar Hoffman 1982
80% So Fine Chairman Lincoln 1981
No Score Yet The Munsters' Revenge Actor 1981
No Score Yet Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Rev. Burgess 1980
57% Simon Korey 1980
50% La Luna Douglas Winter, Her Husband 1979
No Score Yet Sanctuary of Fear Judge Potter 1979
No Score Yet Paradise Lost Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Littlest Angel Patience the Guardian Angel 1969
No Score Yet Munster, Go Home Herman Munster 1966
98% On the Waterfront Slim 1954

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • 1982
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Herman Munster Herman Munster/Johann Herman/Charlie Munster
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
1955-1959
Honigan
  • 1958
  • 1955

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