Fred Gwynne Biography
Gwynne got married to Socialite Jean Reynard in 1952. She was the grand-daughter of New York City mayor William Jay Gaynor.
This couple had 5 children: Three sons named Evan, Dylan, and Keiron and 2 daughters named Madelyn and Gaynor. Dylan died in a drowning accident as a child in 1963, and Keiron was born with developmental disabilities.
The couple divorced in 1980. Then, he married Deborah Flater.
He had a deep commanding voice which helped him in his career. He had a tall height of 6 feet and 4 inches and slender frame. His physical features also take credits for his impressive appearance as the Frankenstein in The Munsters.
After forty years long contribution to the industry, Gwynne gave himself a break and purchased a farm with his wife, Deborah, in Maryland. He died at the age of 66 on July 2, 1993, at Taneytown, Maryland, U.S. due to pancreatic cancer.
Fred Gwynne’s early life
Fred Gwynne, born as Frederick Hubbard Gwynne, was theater and television actor. His phenomenal work has carved his name as a great actor in the history of this profession.
He is remembered for some of his majestic work in Car 54, The Munsters, Where Are You?, The Cotton Club, My Cousin Vinny and the list goes on.
Born on July 10, 1926, his parents were Frederick Walker Gwynne and Dorothy Ficken. His father was a stockbroker by profession and his mother, a cartoonist.
Born in New York, he was raised in South Carolina, Florida as his father used to travel a lot. His family was happy and rich but in 1932, it all changed after the death of Fred’s father due to routine surgery complications.
Fred Gwynne’s education and career beginnings
He went to Gorton School. He graduated from Harvard University in 1951. He was a member of the Harvard a cappella group, the Krokodiloes.
After high school, he served on a sub chaser during World War II. His passion to become an actor led him to join The Brattle Theatre Repertory Company in Massachusetts. He came to the world of entertainment or in 1951 and left film industry in 1992.
He started by a Broadway role as a gangster in a comedy flick called Mrs. McThing. His cinematic appearance was with an uncredited role in the Oscar winning movie On The Waterfront. In 1955, Gwynne had a memorable appearance on The Phil Silvers Show as Private Ed Honnergar.
Fred Gwynne’s paintings are equally famous and so are his books
He then showcased his brilliant acting skills in Car 54, Where Are You? And The Munsters. Then, his appearance reduced as he was unable to gain new roles.
In 1969, he again played in the Broadway theater. He also tried his hands in singing. He sang a song for The Little Angel (1969). In 1974, he was seen in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and in Our Town in 1975 and both were Broadway theaters. In 1987, he starred in Jake’s M.O. as an investigative reporter. His last and memorial role was in 1992 comedy film My Cousin Vinny in which he played Judge Chamberlain Haller.
The multitalented actor also gained popularity as a writer of children’s book. Some of his glorious attempts were It’s Easy To See Why, The King Who Rained, A Chocolate Moose For Dinner, The Battle Of The Frog And Mice, Pondlarker, Best In Show, and A Little Pigeon Toad.
His talent doesn’t end here. He was also a fine painter. His paintings are now placed in the auction.
His forty years long career has earned him a net worth of $2 million which includes his earnings from acting, writing and of course his paintings. His interview is available on YouTube in which he’s getting praised for his role as Frankenstein.