July 10, 1926 - July 2, 1993
dead is better."
In May of
1993, it was rumored that Fred "Herman Munster" Gwynne was terminally
Fred's agent made a statement to the press, "He's decided to retire
from doing anything."
She also lied and said that Fred was healthy, happy and working his herd of Angus
cattle on a Virginia farm.
Here's the scoop:
Fred wasn't healthy at all.
Within 2 months of that denial, he was dead.
tried like hell to get away from the
"Herman" image, but it would never leave
but it's rightfully
cares about Car
54, Where Are You?, My
Cousin Vinny, or even Pet
Sematary (okay, we liked that one.)?
The Munsters were IT.
Fred was asked in 1982 about his favourite roles.
He mentioned a lot of plays and Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof, then he paused... "and I might as well tell you the truth, I love old Herman Munster.
Much as I try not to, I can't stop liking that fellow."
he died in peace.
Findadeath.com friend Nora Lee
Liederbach from the Hilton U. Brown Branch Library reminded me that Fred also
penned a few children's books. Most notably, "A Little Pigeon
Toad," "The King Who Rained," "Pondlarker,"
and "Chocolate Moose for Dinner." Nora tells me that his books
were and still are popular with families. Thanks Nora!
discovered he was ill in January of '93.
A CAT scan on February 3 confirmed the illness, and he underwent surgery
at the famed John Hopkins Medical Center, in Baltimore.
They found that the cancer had spread to his liver, and the doctors were
unable to get it all.
He was put on a chemo program.
very long before he got the bad news, he and his wife Deborah bought a farm in a
place called Taneytown, Maryland, about 40 miles Northeast of Baltimore.
farm was located on Stone Road, near Bert Koontz road, in Taneytown, MD.
Fred succumbed to the cancer at 8 a.m., on Friday, July 2nd
in his home.
He was 66
body was taken to the Fletcher Funeral Home in nearby
next day, July 3rd, Fred was taken to the Sandymount Methodist Church
for a brief service.
The funeral was private, probably only attended by his wife and kids. Afterwards, he was buried in an unmarked
2007 - my friend Kathleen sends this:
Steal Herman Munster's Identity
AP - Wed, 20 Jun 2007 14:39:37 -0400 (EDT)
By TED BRIDIS
Did Internet thieves steal Herman Munster's MasterCard number?
Crooks in an underground chat room for selling stolen credit card
numbers and personal consumer information offered pilfered data
purportedly about Herman Munster, the 1960s Frankenstein-
character from "The Munsters" TV sitcom.
The thieves apparently didn't realize Munster was a fictional TV
character and dutifully offered to sell Munster's personal details --
accurately listing his home address from the television series as 1313
Mocking Bird Lane -- and what appeared to be his MasterCard number.
Munster's birth date was listed as Aug. 15, 1964, suspiciously close
to the TV series' original air date in September 1964.
CardCops Inc., the Malibu, Calif., Internet security company that
quietly recorded details of the illicit but wayward transaction,
surmised that a Munsters fan knowledgeable about the show deliberately
provided the bogus data.
"The identity thief thought it was good data," said Dan Clements, the
Clements said evidence indicates the thief, known online as "Supra,"
was operating overseas. "They really stumble over our culture. He's
probably not watching any reruns of `The Munsters' on TV Land."
Insane couple build the Munsters house!
I envy them. How cool are they?
for the rest of the cast:
DeCarlo portrayed Lily Munster.
I really don't know much about what she has been up to.
There was that dreadful new Munsters "grouping" for television,
and she showed up in that.
I do have a funny story about a guy I know calling Yvonne late one night,
pretending to be Carol Channing.
I guess that really doesnt count.
He had her fooled though.
Thanks to Ronnie Couch for the following info: She reprised
the role of Lily in "The Munsters' Revenge," a 1981 NBC made-for-TV movie. DeCarlo's most recent film appearance was in "Oscar" (1991). In
the past few years, she has made many television appearances and written her autobiography,
on Yvonne to read about her death.
April 30, 1923 - February
slept in just about every closet and coffin in the world, but this place gives
Lewis died in 2006, at the age of 82. Turns out he lied about his age for so many
years, claiming he was OLDer. Wild old lunatic. RIP Grampa.
Priest portrayed the most famous Marilyn Munster.
What a groovy chick.
She's retired now and living on some farm in the middle of nowhere.
She has got wise, and her son manages her autograph sessions now, and she
makes a decent wage doing that.
Patrick... what a handful.
He portrayed Eddie.
He's been in and out of so much trouble.
In 1979, he was busted and did time, for having more than 200 quaaludes
on him. My friend Bun and I had an opportunity to meet him on
As you can see, he donned his Eddie garb. He was arrested a
day or so later, for not paying a limo driver and hitting him because he kept
getting lost. Can't
say I blame him.
Butch, not the driver.
Butch received a 30-month probation sentence for the mishap.
He moved to Georgia.
In 1996 - he was driving with a suspended license, and failed to yield,
hitting a car.
He got in to trouble.
He's a nice guy, but.
Do you remember the episode where Eddie wins a trip to see his favourite TV
Then he discovers that Zombo isn't really a monster after all, and Eddie exposes the
love that one.
An actor named Louis Nye played Zombo.
I met Louie once, when I was hanging out with the Beverly Hillbillies (its a long story, and when I do a Nancy
Kulp/Irene Ryan story, I'll fill you in.).
Anyway, here's Louie.
A very nice man.
Nye is now dead. RIP Zombo baby.
May 1, 1913 - October 9,
just so you don't go away thinking you haven't learned anything useful, here is
from outside the church.
there are The
Thank you again, Rob and Greg.
Anyone have anything to add?
Please feel free to get in touch!
2000 - Findadeath.com friend Joe Gardner sends this in:
In 1980, NBC was thinking to themselves, "Hey, let's
make a Munsters TV movie. If it is successful, maybe another series!" They wanted to bring back Fred
Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, and Al Lewis, all from the original series. I suppose they didn't want it to be a
"The Munsters have grown-up, with Eddie and Marilyn married", so they decided to get a young Eddie again,
and a college-aged Marilyn.
When they called up Gwynne, he of course was still trying to live down his
Herman Munster image. His wife told him to name some astronomical figure for the part, so that perhaps, if
he was going to play Herman, he was going to get paid! The producers accepted! Fred was promised his original
make-up artist from the TV show as well. They felt like it was old times on set, but sadly the movie
didn't hit it off, when it aired in February of 1981.
Gwynne once confessed that as hard as he tried, he couldn't ever hate Herman Munster.
is an old postcard from the Universal Studios Tour. I want to do this tour.
This exact tour. In the 60's. Take me back!
Herman's and Eddie's costumes are on display at an antique store in Southern
friend Steve Cox wrote the BEST Munsters book!
owe a sincere debt of gratitude to two brand new friends of Findadeath.com, Rob
Hoehn and Greg Williams.
These guys took part of their Thanksgiving weekend, to brave the sticks to
take photographs for this story.
Thank you so much guys.
Wanna see his mailbox?