Appeared (as "Willie Marsden") in "So This is Politics" (Stange Bedfellows) on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Barry Conners
. Henry Miller's Theatre: 16 Jun 1924-Oct 1924 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Cast: Glenn Anders
(as "John Buckmaster"), William Courtleigh
, Marion Dyer, Florence Earle, Alice Fleming, Majorie ...
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[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!
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.
Often portrayed deeply mentally disturbed individuals or ones with excessive oddities