Fred Gwynne Net Worth

December 7, 2023
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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.

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