Fred Gwynne Net Worth

Fred Gwynne Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. net worth is
$2 Million

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. Wiki Biography

Frederick Hubbard Gwynne was born on the 10th July 1926, in New York City, USA, and was a television and film actor and comedian, best known for his roles in such series and movies as “Car 54, Where Are You?” (1961-1963), “The Munsters” (1964-1966), “Pet Sematary” (1989), and “My Cousin Vinny” (1992). Gwynne’s career started in 1952 and ended in 1992. He passed away in 1993.

Have you ever wondered how rich Fred Gwynne was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Gwynne’s net worth was as high as $2 million, an amount earned through his successful acting career. In addition to playing in film and on television, Gwynne also worked as a singer, which improved his wealth too.

Fred Gwynne Net Worth $2 Million

Fred Gwynne was born into an Irish-English family, the son of Dorothy and Frederick Walker Gwynne, who was a partner in the securities firm Gwynne Brothers. Fred spent most of his childhood in South Carolina, Florida, and Colorado, because of his father’s frequent travels. He went to the Groton School and then studied at Harvard University, from where he graduated in 1951.

During the WWII, Gwynne served in the US Navy, moving to acting in the late ‘40s. In 1952, he debuted in an episode of “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse”, and continued with “You Are There” (1953), appeared in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning “The Phil Silvers Show” (1955-1956), and in Primetime Emmy Award-nominated “The DuPont Show of the Month” (1958). From 1961 to 1963, Fred played Officer Francis Muldoon in 60 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series “Car 54, Where Are You?” which gained him a lot of popularity and increased his net worth significantly. From 1964 to 1966, Gwynne played Herman Munster in 72 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-nominated “The Munsters”, while in 1966, he starred in the movie “Munster, Go Home!” By the end of the ‘60s, Fred had starred in such TV movies as “Mad Mad Scientist” (1968) and “The Littlest Angel” (1969).

During the ‘70s, Gwynn played in such films as “Dames at Sea” (1971), “Harvey” (1972) alongside James Stewart, John McGiver, and Dorothy Blackburn, and in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Golden Globe Award-nominated “Luna” (1979) with Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, and Veronica Lazar.

In the early ‘80s, Gwynn appeared in “Simon” (1980) starring Alan Arkin, and in “The Munsters’ Revenge” (1981), while he also had a part in Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-nominated “The Cotton Club” (1984) alongside Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, and Diane Lane, which only increased his net worth. He appeared alongside Michael Caine in “Water” (1985) and then had a role in “The Boy Who Could Fly” (1986). In 1987, Fred appeared in Golden Globe Award-nominated “The Secret of My Succe$s” starring Michel J. Fox, in Adrian Lyne’s Oscar-nominated “Fatal Attraction” with Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer, and in Hector Babenco’s Oscar-nominated “Ironweed” alongside Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. He ended the ‘80s in Mary Lambert’s movie based on Stephen King’s novel “Pet Sematary” (1989). His last two movies were Woody Allen’s “Shadows and Fog” (1991) and Jonathan Lynn’s Oscar-winning “My Cousin Vinny” (1992) starring Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, and Ralph Macchio.

Regarding his personal life, Fred Gwynne was married to Foxy Gwynne from 1952 to 1980 and had five children with her. In 1988, he married Deb Gwynne, and stayed with her until his death. Fred died in his sleep of pancreatic cancer on 2 July 1993, in Taneytown, Maryland.

Full NameFred Gwynne
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 10, 1926
DiedJuly 2, 1993, Taneytown, Maryland, United States
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
Height1.96 m
EducationGroton School, Harvard University
SpouseDeborah Flater (m. 1988–1993) Jean Reynard (m. 1952–1980)
ChildrenMadyn Gwynne, Evan Gwynne, Gaynor Gwynne, Keiron Gwynne, Dylan Gwynne
ParentsFrederick Walker Gwynne, Dorothy Ficken
AwardsObie Award for Performance
NominationsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, TV Land Most Uninsurable Driver Award, TV Land Favorite Crimestopper Duo Award
MoviesPet Sematary, My Cousin Vinny, Munster, Go Home!, Fatal Attraction, Ironweed, The Cotton Club, The Munsters' Revenge, Disorganized Crime, The Littlest Angel, The Boy Who Could Fly, The Secret of My Success, Shadows and Fog, So Fine, The Christmas Star, Murder by the Book, Luna, Paradise Lost, Water,...
TV ShowsThe Munsters, Car 54, Where Are You?, Kane & Abel
1Towering height and slender frame
2Characters who often spend much of their time frowning
3Best known for his iconic role as Herman Munster on The Munsters (1964)
4Deep commanding voice
1[on his most famous role, 1979]: Funny thing, yesterday morning I found my youngest son and daughter watching the rerun of an old (The Munsters (1964)) episode and I said, "My God, THAT'S not still on, is it?" Well, even so, I was very lucky and it was great fun to be as much of a household product as something like Rinso. I almost wish I could do it all over again.
1Second wife was over 20 years his junior.
2When NBC approached him to reprise his role of Herman Munster for a 1981 TV movie The Munsters' Revenge (1981), Gwynne was initially not interested. However, his second wife suggested that he ask the network for a large paycheck which they will probably refuse. However, when NBC surprisingly agreed to his demands, he accepted the role.
3Five children with Jean Reynard (Foxy Gwynne): three sons Evan Gwynne, Dylan Gwynne (died in 1963, drowned in the family pool) and Keiron Gwynne (born mentally handicapped). Two daughters - Madyn Gwynne and Gaynor Gwynne.
4In 1964, along with Al Lewis and the Munstermobile (with car designer George Barris at the controls), he appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
5Was featured/parodied in Playboy's Little Annie Fanny (The Unhappy Comic - April 1963) as Freddy (Annie served as a kind of "visual relief" on-stage), and represented by Annie's agent, Solly, a recurring character based upon Phil Silvers.
6Was originally under consideration for the part of Henry Warnimont on Punky Brewster (1984) until a casting director referred to him as Herman Munster, instead of his real name. An offended Gwynne abruptly withdrew from consideration and George Gaynes wound up with the part.
7Worked as a salesman at Seal Lock Burial Vault, Forest Hills, New York in the early 1950s (The McCloskey family later changed this Woodhaven Boulevard business into a florist shop, still operating in 2007.).
8Was a member of the Harvard a cappella group, the Krokodiloes.
9In his most popular post-The Munsters (1964) role, that of Judge Chamberlain Haller in My Cousin Vinny (1992), one of the sight gags is that the good judge looms a full foot taller than his antagonist, Vinny Gambini, as played by Joe Pesci.
10Herman Munster, Gwynne's character on The Munsters (1964), was ranked #19 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
11Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 199-200. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
12By choice, never part of the Hollywood or Broadway social whirl, Gwynne lived a quiet life in suburban Bedford, New York and, after his second marriage, in a renovated farmhouse in rural Taneytown, Maryland. Most who knew him described him as a good friend and neighbour who liked to keep his personal and professional lives separate.
13Between 1975 and 1982, he appeared in 79 episodes of "The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre".
14In addition to acting, Gwynne was the talented author and illustrator of several popular children's books, including "A Chocolate Moose for Dinner", "The King Who Rained" and "A Little Pigeon Toad".
15Performed in Harvard's famous drag troupe Hasty Pudding Theatricals from 1949-1951. Harvard University Class of 1951 Performed in Harvard's famous Hasty Pudding drag revue from 1949-1950.
16Harvard University class of 1951.


Toy Hunter2014TV SeriesHerman Munster
The Munsters1964-2004TV SeriesHerman Munster / Charlie Munster
Lincoln1992TV MovieEdwin Stanton (voice)
My Cousin Vinny1992Judge Chamberlain Haller
Shadows and Fog1991Hacker's Follower
Earthday Birthday1990TV MovieFred the Moose (voice)
Murder in Black and White1990TV MovieBrannigan
Pet Sematary1989Jud Crandall
Disorganized Crime1989Max Green
Jake's M.O.1987Jake Tekulve
Ironweed1987Oscar Reo
American Masters1987TV Series documentaryGeorge S. Kaufman
Fatal Attraction1987Arthur
The Secret of My Succe$s1987Donald Davenport
Murder by the Book1987TV MovieVictor Greville
The Christmas Star1986Waters
The Boy Who Could Fly1986Uncle Hugo
Vanishing Act1986TV MovieFather Macklin
Off Beat1986The Commissioner
Kane & Abel1985TV Mini-SeriesDavis LeRoy
The Cotton Club1984Frenchy Demange
The Mysterious Stranger1982TV MovieBalthasar Hoffman
American Playhouse1982TV SeriesCharles Dickens
So Fine1981Chairman Lincoln
The Munsters' Revenge1981TV MovieHerman Munster
A Day with Conrad Green1980TV MovieConrad Green
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg1980TV ShortRev. Burgess
Simon1980Maj. Gen. Korey
Luna1979Douglas Winter
Sanctuary of Fear1979TV MovieJudge Potter
Captains Courageous1977TV MovieLong Jack
Captains and the Kings1976TV Mini-Series
Bound for Freedom1976TV MovieWaldruss
Harvey1972TV MovieCab Driver
Norman Corwin Presents1972TV Series
Dames at Sea1971TV MovieHennesy
The Police1971TV MovieSergeant
Great Performances1971TV SeriesPike
The Littlest Angel1969TV MoviePatience the Guardian Angel
Anderson and Company1969TV MovieMarshall Anderson
Arsenic and Old Lace1969TV MovieJonathan Brewster
Mad Mad Scientist1968TV MovieWarren Springer
NET Playhouse1967TV SeriesOfficer Avonzino
New York Television Theatre1966TV SeriesThe Professor
Munster, Go Home!1966Herman Munster
The Red Skelton Hour1965TV SeriesHerman Munster
My Son, the Witch Doctor1964TV Movie
Brenner1964TV SeriesFrancis X. Fish
The United States Steel Hour1963TV SeriesWillie Botsford
Car 54, Where Are You?1961-1963TV SeriesOfficer Francis Muldoon Muldoon
The DuPont Show of the Week1962TV SeriesWilliam Hallowell Magee
Play of the Week1961TV Series
The DuPont Show of the Month1958TV SeriesE.J. Loffgrin
The Investigator1958TV Series
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesComedian-Regular
Kraft Theatre1957TV Series
Suspicion1957TV SeriesHughie
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour1957TV SeriesEgghead
Studio One in Hollywood1956TV SeriesLittle Dude
The Phil Silvers Show1955-1956TV SeriesCpl. Ed Honnegan The Stomach (Cpl. Ed Honnegan)
On the Waterfront1954Slim (uncredited)
You Are There1953TV SeriesDavy Crockett
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1952TV Series


Dames at Sea1971TV Movie performer: "Let's Have a Simple Wedding"
The Danny Kaye Show1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Munsters1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
Car 54, Where Are You?1961-1962TV Series performer - 4 episodes


Teresa's Tattoo1994in memory of


Cameramen Who Dared1988TV Short documentaryNarrator (voice)
Good Morning America1975TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1965-1967TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1966TV SeriesHimself
Salute to Stan Laurel1965TV Special documentaryHerman Munster
I've Got a Secret1965TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
The Hollywood Deb Stars of 19651965TV MovieHimself
The Celebrity Game1964TV SeriesHimself
The Keefe Brasselle Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Price Is Right1963TV SeriesHimself-Guest
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1962TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon2015DocumentaryHimself / Actor
Welcome to the Basement2014TV SeriesJud Crandall
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerman Munster
The O'Reilly Factor2013TV SeriesJudge Chamberlain Haller (segment "Watters' World")
Svengoolie2012TV SeriesHerman Munster
The Lego Munsters2011ShortHerman Munster
60/902008TV SeriesHerman Munster
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHerman Munster
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': The Characters2006Video shortHimself
50 y más2005TV MovieHerman Munster
Biography1999-2003TV Series documentaryHerman Munster / Himself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryJudge Chamberlain Haller
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The Poetry Hall of Fame1993TV MovieHimself

Nominated Awards

2005TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost Uninsurable DriverThe Munsters (1964)
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Crimestopper DuoCar 54, Where Are You? (1961)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale New Face14th place.

Known for movies

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