“I’ve played everything,” he once said about CBSRMT, “including a panther.”
Source: Goldfarb, Myra Y. “Mystery in the air again and radio theater has it”. The Morning Call, Allentown, PA. Mar 28, 1980. P. PB11.
Did you know he ... Was a professional singer, sculpted and painted, and also wrote & illustrated 7 children’s books celebrating his love of puns
Source: Wright, Andy. “The Man Behind Herman Munster Wrote Some Puntastic Children’s Books.” June 16, 2017. (Via Atlasobscura.com)
...Enrolled in NYC’s Phoenix School of Design after leaving the Navy, but finished his education at Harvard
Source: Gross, Ben. “He’s a Lovable, Grotesque Munster”. (New York) Daily News. Jan 6, 1965. P. 39C. (Via Newspapers.com)
…Was a copywriter for advertising giant J. Walter Thompson
Source: Johnson, Malcolm L. “Fred Gwynne Escapes ‘Herman,’ Eyes Thrills, Deals of New Role”. The Hartford (CT) Courant. Aug 8, 1975. P. 10F. (Via Newspapers.com)
…Appeared alongside Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, his first (uncredited) film role
Source: O’Haire, Patricia. “TV’s Herman Munster is real-life artist-punster”. The Orlando (FL) Sentinel. Apr 14, 1989. P. E4. (Via Newspapers.com)
…Had to dye his hair white for his role in the movie Pet Sematary
Source: “8 Surprising Facts About the Great Fred Gwynne”. July 10, 2018. (Via metv.com)
….And Car 54 co-star Joe E. Ross won a 1961 Quigley award for best comedy team
Source: International Television Almanac, 1963. P. 340.
man in college'
No surprise Fred Gwynne was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. One caption says "In Fred Gwynne, Poon had the funnest man in college." The 1951 Redbook also lists Gwynne in the Hasty Pudding Club.
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