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Fred Gwynne (1926–1993)

Fred Gwynne was an enormously talented character actor most famous for starring in the television situation comedies Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) (as Officer Francis Muldoon) and The Munsters (1964) (as the Frankenstein clone Herman Munster). He was very tall and had a resonant, baritone voice that he put to good use in Broadway musicals. Born ... See full bio »


(age 66) in Taneytown, Maryland, USA

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Known For

The Munsters
The Munsters Herman Munster / Charlie Munster
Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary Jud Crandall
My Cousin Vinny
My Cousin Vinny Judge Chamberlain Haller
Car 54, Where Are You?
Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Francis Muldoon


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 2014 Toy Hunter (TV Series)
Herman Munster
- Live and Let Play (2014) ... Herman Munster (uncredited)
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Edwin Stanton (voice)
 1991 Shadows and Fog
Hacker's Follower
 1990 Earthday Birthday (TV Movie)
Fred the Moose (voice)
 1990 Murder in Black and White (TV Movie)
 1989 Disorganized Crime
Max Green
 1987 Jake's M.O.
Jake Tekulve
 1987 The Secret of My Succe$s
Donald Davenport
 1987/I Murder by the Book (TV Movie)
Victor Greville
 1986 The Christmas Star
 1986 Vanishing Act (TV Movie)
Father Macklin
 1986 Off Beat
The Commissioner
 1985 Kane & Abel (TV Mini-Series)
Davis LeRoy
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Davis LeRoy
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Davis LeRoy
 1985 Water
 1982 The Mysterious Stranger (TV Movie)
Balthasar Hoffman
 1981 So Fine
Chairman Lincoln
 1980 A Day with Conrad Green (TV Movie)
Conrad Green
 1980 Jack-a-boy (Short)
 1980 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (TV Short)
Rev. Burgess
 1980 Simon
Maj. Gen. Korey
 1979 Luna
Douglas Winter
 1979 Sanctuary of Fear (TV Movie)
Judge Potter
 1977 Captains Courageous (TV Movie)
Long Jack
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
 1976 Bound for Freedom (TV Movie)
 1972 Harvey (TV Movie)
Cab Driver
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
 1971 Dames at Sea (TV Movie)
 1971 The Police (TV Movie)
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Paradise Lost (1971) ... Pike
 1969 The Littlest Angel (TV Movie)
Patience the Guardian Angel
 1969 Anderson and Company (TV Movie)
Marshall Anderson
 1968 Mad Mad Scientist (TV Movie)
Warren Springer
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Officer Avonzino
- Infancy and Childhood (1967) ... Officer Avonzino
 1966 Antkeeper (Short)
 1966 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
The Professor
- The Lesson (1966) ... The Professor
 1964 My Son, the Witch Doctor (TV Movie)
 1964 Brenner (TV Series)
Francis X. Fish
- Charlie Paradise: The Tragic Flute (1964) ... Francis X. Fish
 1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Willie Botsford
- Don't Shake the Family Tree (1963) ... Willie Botsford
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
William Hallowell Magee
- Seven Keys to Baldpate (1962) ... William Hallowell Magee
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
E.J. Loffgrin
- The Hasty Heart (1958)
- Harvey (1958) ... E.J. Loffgrin
 1958 The Investigator (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1958)
 1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.23 (1958) ... Comedian-Regular
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Big Heist (1957)
- Sextuplets (1957)
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
- Hand in Glove (1957) ... Hughie
 1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- A Man's Game (1957) ... Egghead
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Little Dude
- The Landlady's Daughter (1956) ... Little Dude
 1954 On the Waterfront
Slim (uncredited)
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TV commercials: Armstrong Flooring (late 70s-early 80s) See more »

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6' 5" (1.96 m)

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[on his most famous role, 1979]: Funny thing, yesterday morning I found my youngest son and daughter watching the rerun of an old (The Munsters (1964)) episode and I said, "My God, THAT'S not still on, is it?" Well, even so, I was very lucky and it was great fun to be as much of a household product as something like Rinso. I almost wish I could do it all over again.


Worked as a salesman at Seal Lock Burial Vault, Forest Hills, New York in the early 1950s (The McCloskey family later changed this Woodhaven Boulevard business into a florist shop, still operating in 2007.). See more »


Best known for his iconic role as Herman Munster on The Munsters (1964) See more »

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