Frederick Hubbard Gwynne (July 10, 1926 – July 2, 1993) was an American actor, known for starring in the television sitcomsCar 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters.
Gwynne was born in New York City, the son of Dorothy (Ficken) and Frederick Walker Gwynne, a stockbroker. His paternal grandfather was an Episcopal minister who was born in Camus, County Tyrone, Ireland and his maternal grandfather was an immigrant from London, England. Gwynne attended the prestigious Groton School and went on to graduate from Harvard University in 1951. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy and studied art on the G.I. Bill.
His first forays into acting in 1951 did not pay well so he worked for a while as a copywriter for "J. Walter Thompson". His Broadway career began to take off in 1952 so he quit the agency. He was a cartoonist for the Harvard Lampoon and became its president; he acted in the Hasty Pudding Club, and joined the Brattle Theatre Repertory Company after graduation. His first...
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My Cousin Vinny is an American movie, released on Friday 13 March 1992, starring Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. Tomei won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance and Fred Gwynne received critical acclaim for his performance as Judge Chamberlain Haller. The cast included Ralph Macchio, Lane Smith and Bruce McGill.
While driving through the fictional Beechum County, Alabama, Billy Gambini (Ralph Macchio) and his friend Stan Rothenstein (Mitchell Whitfield) accidentally neglect to pay for a can of tuna fish after stopping at the 'Sac-o-Suds' convenience store. After they leave the store, the clerk, a man named Jimmy Willis, is shot and killed. Billy and Stan are then pulled over and detained in connection with the murder. However, Billy and Stan assume they were detained for shoplifting, so they behave guiltily and manage to indirectly implicate themselves in the shooting. Due to circumstantial evidence and a series of miscommunications, Billy ends up being charged with...,
Pet Sematary (sometimes referred to as Stephen King's Pet Sematary) is a 1989 horror film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert, the film stars Dale Midkiff as Louis Creed, Denise Crosby as Rachel Creed, Blaze Berdahl as Ellie Creed, Miko Hughes as Gage Creed, and Fred Gwynne as Jud Crandall.
Stephen King wrote the screenplay himself, having become frustrated with how his novels were represented in film adaptations, and appears briefly in the film as a minister at a funeral.
The plot revolves around the corporeal reanimation of deceased pets and humans in an abandoned Mi'kmaq burial ground outside the town of Ludlow, Maine. The Creed family moves into a new home and befriends their new neighbor, Jud Crandall, who tells them about a pet cemetery and the burial grounds nearby.
The movie is more faithful to the novel's story line and structure than is common for novel-to-movie adaptations in the horror genre. Even so, several plot elements,...,
Released in 1989, Disorganized Crime is a movie set in Montana, which was written and directed by Jim Kouf. It stars Fred Gwynne, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ruben Blades, William Russ, Corbin Bernsen, Ed O'Neill, Daniel Roebuck and Hoyt Axton. It is a comedy revolving around a bank heist.The story begins in a small town in western Montana where New Jersey based bank robber Frank Salazar has been hiding out from the law after a series of bank robberies in Newark. Upon realizing that the local bank contains a large amount of cash, Salazar recruits four former accomplices to come to town and help him rob the bank. Among them are Nick Bartkowski, a nervous and possibly alcoholic safecracker; Max Green, an old school explosives expert with a heart condition; Ray Forgy, a wisecracking auto thief and getaway driver; and Carlos Barrios, a well-manicured lookout and weapons expert.Before they can arrive however, two New Jersey detectives (George Denver and Bill Lonigan) catch up with Salazar,...
The Secret of My Succe$s (a.k.a.The Secret of My Success) is a 1987 comedy film starring Michael J. Fox, produced and directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay is written by Jim Cash. The film is marketed with the tagline "There's no such thing as an overnight success. Brantley Foster took two weeks."
Fox plays Brantley Foster, a recent college grad from Kansas State University, who moves to New York City to start a new financing job. However, the company where he is supposed to work was taken over by another corporation, and he gets immediately laid off.
After several unsuccessful attempts to get another job, he ends up working in the mailroom of his Uncle Howard Prescott's (Jordan) company, Pemrose. Pemrose was actually founded by his father-in-law, and he got the ownership of the company only because he was married to Vera Pemrose (Whitton).
Brantley, after looking at company reports, realizes that a lot of executives are not making effective decisions that benefit the company....,
The Cotton Club is a movie, released in 1984, centered around a popular real-life Harlem jazz club in the 1930s, the Cotton Club.The movie was co-written (with William Kennedy) and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, choreographed by Henry LeTang, and starred Richard Gere, Diane Lane, and Gregory Hines. Other notable actors that appeared included Nicolas Cage, Bob Hoskins, Laurence Fishburne, Fred Gwynne, and Maurice Hines, James Remar. Despite performing poorly at the box office, the film was nominated for several awards, including Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Picture (Drama) and the Oscar for best Film Editing.Gere plays a musician named Dixie Dwyer who begins working with mobsters to advance his career but falls in love with the girlfriend (Lane) of gangland kingpin Dutch Schultz. Hines and Lonette McKee play dancers at the Cotton Club in a sub-plot of the movie. The movie features many song and dance numbers including fictional performances by Cab Calloway and Duke...,
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