Fred Gwynne (1926–1993)

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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 at 6'5" and had a resonant, baritone voice that he put to good use in Broadway musicals. ... See full bio »


(age 66) in Taneytown, Maryland, USA

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Known For

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


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 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Edwin Stanton (voice)
 1992 My Cousin Vinny
Judge Chamberlain Haller
 1991 Shadows and Fog
Hacker's Follower
 1990 HBO Storybook Musicals (TV Series)
Fred the Moose
- Earthday Birthday (1990) ... Fred the Moose (voice)
 1990 Earthday Birthday (TV Movie)
Fred the Moose (voice)
 1990 Murder in Black and White (TV Movie)
 1989 Pet Sematary
Jud Crandall
 1989 Disorganized Crime
Max Green
 1987 Jake's M.O.
Jake Tekulve
 1987 Ironweed
Oscar Reo
 1987 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
George S. Kaufman
- The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table (1987) ... George S. Kaufman (voice, uncredited)
 1987 Fatal Attraction
 1987 The Secret of My Success
Donald Davenport
 1987/I Murder by the Book (TV Movie)
Victor Greville
 1986 The Christmas Star
 1986 The Boy Who Could Fly
Uncle Hugo
 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
 1984 The Cotton Club
Frenchy Demange
 1982 The Mysterious Stranger (TV Movie)
Balthasar Hoffman
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Charles Dickens
 1981 So Fine
Chairman Lincoln
 1981 The Munsters' Revenge (TV Movie)
Herman Munster
 1980 A Day with Conrad Green (TV Movie)
Conrad Green
 1980 Jack-a-boy (Short)
 1980 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (TV Movie)
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 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
 1972 Harvey (TV Movie)
Cab Driver
 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
 1969 Arsenic and Old Lace (TV Movie)
Jonathan Brewster
 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
 1966 Munster, Go Home!
Herman Munster
 1964-1966 The Munsters (TV Series)
Herman Munster / Charlie Munster
- A Visit from the Teacher (1966) ... Herman Munster
- Herman's Lawsuit (1966) ... Herman Munster
- Herman's Sorority Caper (1966) ... Herman Munster
- A House Divided (1966) ... Herman Munster
- Herman, the Tire Kicker (1966) ... Herman Munster
 1966 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series)
Herman Munster
- Edie Adams, Fred Gwynne, Glenn Yarbrough (1966) ... Herman Munster
 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
 1961-1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Officer Francis Muldoon
- The Curse of the Snitkins (1963) ... Officer Francis Muldoon
- Puncher & Judy (1963) ... Officer Francis Muldoon
- The Loves of Sylvia Schnauser (1963) ... Officer Francis Muldoon
- Lucille Is 40 (1963) ... Officer Francis Muldoon
- Joan Crawford Didn't Say No (1963) ... Officer Francis Muldoon
 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)
 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 (TV Series)
Little Dude
- The Landlady's Daughter (1956) ... Little Dude
 1955-1956 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Cpl. Ed Honnegan / The Stomach (Cpl. Ed Honnegan)
- It's for the Birds (1956) ... Cpl. Ed Honnegan
- The Eating Contest (1955) ... The Stomach (Cpl. Ed Honnegan)
 1954 On the Waterfront
Slim (uncredited)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
Davy Crockett
- The Burning of the Alamo (1953) ... Davy Crockett
- The Defense of the Alamo (1953) ... Davy Crockett
 1952 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Man's Game (1952)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book (w/Peter Basch : "What's Nude?" . See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Herman Munster | The Munsters


6' 5" (1.96 m)


Deb Gwynne  (his death) | See more »


Evan Gwynne | See more »


Frederick Walker Gwynne | Dorothy Ficken

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Personal Quote:

[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.


In addition to acting, Gwynne was the talented author and illustrator of several popular children's books, including "A Chocolate Moose for Dinner", "The King Who Rained" and "A Little Pigeon Toad". See more »


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