Dwight Frye (I) (1899–1943)

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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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Known For

Dracula Renfield
Frankenstein Fritz
The Maltese Falcon Wilmer Cook


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 1943 Dangerous Blondes
Hoodlum (uncredited)
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
Hostage (uncredited)
 1943 Submarine Alert
Haldine - Fifth Columnist (uncredited)
 1943 Dead Men Walk
 1942 Danger in the Pacific
Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein
Villager (uncredited)
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
Second Mug (uncredited)
 1942 Don't Talk (Short)
Ziggy (uncredited)
 1941 The Devil Pays Off
Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1941 The Blonde from Singapore
Barber (uncredited)
 1941 Flying Blind
Leo Qualen
 1941 Mystery Ship
 1941 The People vs. Dr. Kildare
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
 1940 The Son of Monte Cristo
Pavlov's Secretary (uncredited)
 1940 Sky Bandits
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Eddie Anders
 1940 Gangs of Chicago
 1940 Drums of Fu Manchu
Prof. Anderson
 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)
 1938 Fast Company
Sidney Z. Wheeler
 1938 Sinners in Paradise
Marshall (uncredited)
 1938 Invisible Enemy
 1938 Who Killed Gail Preston?
Mr. Owen (uncredited)
 1937 The Shadow
 1937 Danger Patrol
Man on Telephone (uncredited)
 1937 Something to Sing About
Mr. Easton
 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 Great Guy
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1936 Beware of Ladies
 1936 Alibi for Murder
 1936 Florida Special
 1936 Tough Guy
Mack (uncredited)
 1935 The Great Impersonation
Roger Unthank (uncredited)
 1935 The Crime of Doctor Crespi
Dr. Thomas
 1935 Atlantic Adventure
Spike Jonas
 1933 The Invisible Man
Reporter (uncredited)
 1933 The Circus Queen Murder
 1933 The Vampire Bat
Herman Gleib
 1932 A Strange Adventure
Robert Wayne
 1932 The Western Code
Dick Loomis
 1932 By Whose Hand?
 1932 Attorney for the Defense
 1931 Frankenstein
 1931 The Black Camel
Jessop (uncredited)
 1931 The Maltese Falcon
Wilmer Cook
 1931 Dracula
 1930 Man to Man
Vint Glade
 1930 The Doorway to Hell
Monk - Gangster
 1928 The Night Bird
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1927 Upstream
Theatre Audience Spectator (uncredited)
 1926 Exit Smiling
Balcony Heckler (uncredited)
 1918 Bashful Buck Bailey (Short)
 1918 The Mating of Meg Malloy (Short)
 1918 Poverty Gulch (Short)
 1918 Where the Sun Sets Red (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: The Queen's Husband. Written by Robert E. Sherwood. Directed by John Cromwell. Playhouse Theatre: 25 Jan 1928- May 1928 (closing date unknown/125 performances). Cast: Katharine Alexander (as "Princess Anne"), Reginald Barlow (as "Gen. Northrup"), William Boren (as "Maj. Blent"), Helen Cromwell (as "Another Lady-in-Waiting"), ... See more »

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5' 6½" (1.69 m)


Laura Mae Bullivant (actress)  (his death)  (1 child)


Dwight David Frye

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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!


Along with Edward Van Sloan, he is one of only two actors to receive billing while appearing in both Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931). See more »


Often portrayed deeply mentally disturbed individuals or ones with excessive oddities See more »


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