Fred Gwynne Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Jun 23, 2022
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Fred Gwynne played the character of Jud Crandall in the movie named 'Pet Sematary.'
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About Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne, the actor, was named Fredrick Hubbard Gwynne when he was born.

He was born on July 10, 1926, and breathed his last on July 2, 1993. Fred Gwynne was a famous and influential author, an artist, and an actor.

Some of the roles he is very well-known and famous for are 'Car 54,' which aired on the TV during the ’60s, 'And where Are You,' where he played the role of Francis Muldoon. He also played the infamous role of Herman Munster in the TV show 'The Munsters.' He has also played a few roles in the films such as 'My Cousin Vinny,' 'The Cotton Club,' as well as 'Pet Sematary.' In addition to his acting career, Fred Gwynne was also involved in professional singing as well as painting. He has self wrote and illustrated children's books such as 'Best in Show (It's Easy to See Why),' Moose for Dinner,' 'Daddy Has a Mole on His Nose,' 'The Battle of the Frogs,' 'A Chocolate 'Pondlarker,' 'The King Who Rained,' as well as 'Mice, and A Little Pigeon Toad.' The actor's character was named Edwin Stanton in the movie 'My Cousin Vinny.' He also played Cpl. Ed Honnegan in 'The Phil Silvers Show.'

The New York city-born actor's books initially did not gain traction. However, once adults and older children started to find an appeal, the books became a regular best-seller series which was good for the publishers too. Apart from this, he is also a voice actor and used to lend his voice for various commercials and TV shows.

Fred Gwynne's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Fred Gwynne's net worth?

It is said that the net worth of the former Harvard lampoon club member was around $2 million.

How much did Fred Gwynne earn per year?

It is not known what the yearly salary of the Harvard University alumni who was born in New York was.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Fred Gwynne?

Fred Gwynne, who was an actor, was a very tall man. His height was 6 ft 5 in (198 cm), which led to him getting unique roles in movies.

How old was Fred Gwynne?

At the time of his death on July 2, 1993, Fred Gwynne, who was an actor in the movies named 'Paradise Lost' and 'The Cotton Club,' was 96 years of age.

Childhood And Education

Fred Gwynne, who played the role of Herman Munster, was born in New York City on July 10, 1962. His father was a partner at the securities firm Gwynne Brothers. His name was Frederick Walker Gwynne. His mother is named Dorothy Ficken Gwynne, who was an artist and comic. Fred studies at Harvard University. He has at least two siblings named Dorothy Gwynne and Bowers Gwynne. It is said that they both died young. He spent some time in South Carolina. He used to attend Groton School.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Fred Gwynne's partner?

In 1952, the New York-born actor Fred Gwynne, also a former Harvard Lampoon, was married to Jean Reynard. Jean Reynard was a socialite and a granddaughter of the mayor of New York City named William Jay Gaynor. Fred Gwynne, who played the role of Francis Muldoon, had five children with his wife, Jean Reynard. The couple got divorced in 1980. Madyn Gwynne, Keiron Gwynne, Gaynor Gwynne, Evan Gwynne, and Dylan Gwynne are their children.

In 1988, Fred Gwynne got married to his second wife Deborah Flater. The couple was married until his death in 1993. Fred, who played the character of Herman Munster, died due to complications with his pancreatic cancer. He died in the cigar room of his house located in Maryland. He lived in Taneytown, Maryland. His resting place is in an unmarked grave located at Sandy Mount United Methodist Church Cemetery situated in Finksburg, Maryland.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Fred Gwynne, the actor, has played some of the most iconic roles in shows such as 'The Munters,' but even after the short success, Fred Gwynne was unable to find any roles in movies for the next two years. Finally, in 1969, he found himself in the role of the character named Jonathan Brewster in the television production of a series called 'Arsenic and Old Lace.

What awards did Fred Gwynne win?

In 2005, Fred Gwynne was nominated for the award called TV Land Award for the movie 'Most Uninsurable Driver,' he was also nominated for the TV series called 'The Munsters' (in the role of Herman Munster) in 2004. Fred Gwynne won one award in the category named Favorite Crimestopper Duo in the TV Land Award, and he shared this award along with his co-star Joe E. Ross. He was also recognized for the Golden Laurel Award for Male New Face in 1967. Gwynne finished 14th in this competition. Moreover, in 1993, he was also a nominee for The American Comedy Award in the category named Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for the movie 'My Cousin Vinny.' This movie was released in 1992.

Fred Gwynne's Hobbies And Interests

Fred Gwynna was very fond of traveling. He really valued spending time with his family and made every effort to do so.

Other Interesting Fred Gwynne Facts And Trivia

  • He made his debut film appearance in 1954 in the film 'On the Waterfront.' However, he was uncredited in the movie.
  • Fred Gwynne had to put on 50 pounds of padding when he played the character of Herman Munster in the costume.
  • Fred Gwynne was a children's book illustrator and also an author, having written many books for kids.
  • He used to live in the suburbs as he enjoyed the tranquility it provided.
  • In the famous show called 'The Munsters' (with the role of Herman Munster), which used to air on TV starred, he had his face painted purple.

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Fred Gwynne Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Frederick Hubbard Gwynne

Date of Birth


Date of Death




Place of Birth

New York


198 cm


Actor, Author, Vocalist


Groton School

Net Worth



Deborah Flater


Frederick Walker Gwynne, Dorothy Ficken Gwynne


Dorothy Gwynne, Bowers Gwynne
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