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Fred Gwynne

Frederick Hubbard Gwynne was a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) American actor, best known for starring in the television sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters. For his role as Herman Munster he had to wear 40 or 50 lb (20 kg) of padding and makeup, and a story goes that once he sweated off ten pounds (5 kg) in a day of filming. Earlier he was in the cast of The Phil Silvers Show as a man of enormous appetite that Sgt. Bilko entered in a pie-eating contest--then found out he could only consume mass quantities when depressed.

His performance as Jud Crandall in Pet Sematary was based on author Stephen King himself, who is also quite tall--only an inch shorter than the actor--and has a thick Maine drawl.

Gwynne's last performance was as the judge in the 1992 movie comedy, My Cousin Vinny.

Gwynne graduated from Harvard University in 1951. In addition to his acting career, Gwynne sang professionally and wrote and illustrated children's books, including A Chocolate Moose for Dinner.

He died after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer in Taneytown, Maryland at the age of 66.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Fred Gwynne Facts

Birth NameFrederick Hubbard Gwynne
BirthdayJuly 10, 1926
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathJuly 2, 1993 (age 66)
Height6' 5" (1m96)  How tall is Fred Gwynne compared to you?

Selected Filmography

My Cousin Vinny
Pet Sematary
Murder By The Book
The Munsters: The Complete Series
The Secret of My Success
The Cotton Club
The Boy Who Could Fly
Munster, Go Home!
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