Fred Gwynne - Rotten Tomatoes

Fred Gwynne

Highest Rated:   98% On the Waterfront (1954)
Lowest Rated:   48% Pet Sematary (1989)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% 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
48% Pet Sematary
  • Jud Crandall
1989
50% Disorganized Crime
  • Max Green
1989
70% The Land Before Time
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Vanishing Act
  • Father Macklin
1988
65% Ironweed
  • Oscar Reo
1987
78% Fatal Attraction
  • Arthur
1987
58% 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
71% 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
60% 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

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