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 Name||Frederick Hubbard Gwynne|
|Birthday||July 10, 1926|
|Birthplace||New York, New York, USA|
|Date of death||July 2, 1993 (age 66)|
|Height||6' 5" (1m96) How tall is Fred Gwynne compared to you?|
|My Cousin Vinny|
|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!|