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Dwight Frye (I) (1899–1943)


An extremely versatile character actor and originator of several memorable characterizations in the horror film genre, Dwight Frye had a notable theatrical career in the 1920s, moving from juvenile parts to leads before entering film. A favorite actor of Broadway theatrical producer-director Brock Pemberton, he originated the part of "the Son" in ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1943 Dangerous Blondes
Hoodlum (uncredited)
 1943 Submarine Alert
Haldine - Fifth Columnist (uncredited)
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
Hostage (uncredited)
 1943 Dead Men Walk
Zolarr
 1942 Danger in the Pacific
Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein
Villager (uncredited)
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Second Mug
 1942 Don't Talk (Short)
Ziggy, Saboteur (uncredited)
 1941 The Devil Pays Off
Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1941 The Blonde from Singapore
Barber (uncredited)
 1941 Flying Blind
Leo Qualen
 1941 Mystery Ship
Rader
 1941 The People vs. Dr. Kildare
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
 1940 The Son of Monte Cristo
Pavlov's Secretary (uncredited)
 1940 Sky Bandits
Speavy
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Eddie Anders
 1940 Gangs of Chicago
Pinky
 1940 Drums of Fu Manchu
Prof. Anderson [Ch.5]
 1940 I Take This Woman
Gus (scenes deleted)
 1939 Conspiracy
Lt. Keller (uncredited)
 1939 Mickey the Kid
Henchman Bruno (uncredited)
 1939 The Man in the Iron Mask
Fouquet's Valet (uncredited)
 1939 Son of Frankenstein
Villager (unconfirmed)
 1938 Adventure in Sahara
Gravet, 'the Jackal'
 1938 The Night Hawk
John Colley
 1938 Think It Over (Short)
Arsonist
 1938 Fast Company
Sidney Z. Wheeler
 1938 Sinners in Paradise
Marshall (uncredited)
 1938 Invisible Enemy
Alex
 1938 Who Killed Gail Preston?
Mr. Owen
 1937 The Shadow
Vindecco
 1937 Danger Patrol
Man on Telephone (uncredited)
 1937 Something to Sing About
Mr. Easton (makeup supervisor)
 1937 Renfrew of the Royal Mounted
Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1937 The Road Back
Small Man at Rally (uncredited)
 1937 The Man Who Found Himself
Hysterical patient
 1937 Sea Devils
SS Paradise Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1936 Beware of Ladies
Swanson
 1936 Great Guy
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1936 Alibi for Murder
McBride
 1936 Florida Special
Jenkins
 1936 Tough Guy
Mack (uncredited)
 1935 The Great Impersonation
Roger Unthank (uncredited)
 1935 Atlantic Adventure
Spike Jonas
 1933 The Invisible Man
Reporter (uncredited)
 1933 The Circus Queen Murder
Flandrin
 1932 A Strange Adventure
Robert Wayne
 1932 By Whose Hand?
Chick Lewis
 1932 Attorney for the Defense
James Wallace
 1931 The Black Camel
Jessop the Butler (uncredited)
 1931 Dracula
Renfield
 1930 Man to Man
Vint Glade
 1930 The Doorway to Hell
Gangster
 1928 The Night Bird
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1927 Upstream
Theatre Audience Spectator (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Frank Mohacz") in "Puppets" on Broadway. Written by Francis Lightner. Directed and produced by Brock Pemberton. Selwyn Theatre: 9 Mar 1925-Apr 1925 (closing date unknown/54 performances). Cast included: C. Henry Gordon, Miriam Hopkins, Fredric March, Florence Koehler, Frank McDonald. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[in the 1930s, regarding his typecasting] If God is good, I will be able to play comedy, in which I was featured on Broadway for eight seasons and in which no producer of motion pictures will give me a chance! And please God, may it be before I go screwy playing idiots, half-wits and lunatics on the talking screen!

Trivia:

In 1971, the original Alice Cooper Group, being greatly inspired by Frye's "Renfield" character in Dracula (1931), further immortalized him in their song "The Ballad of Dwight Fry" (without the "e"). The nearly seven-minute conceptual composition appears on their "Love It To Death" album. See more »

Trademark:

High, dynamic voice. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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