Dwight Iliff Frye (born Fry; February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943) was an American character actor of stage and screen. He is best known for his portrayals of neurotic, murderous villains in several classic Universal horror films, such as Renfield in Dracula (1931) and Fritz in Frankenstein (1931).
An extremely versatile character actor and originator of several memorable characterizations in the horror film genre, Dwight Frye had a notable theatrical career in the 1920s, moving from juvenile parts to leads before entering film.
Dwight Frye, a devout Christian Scientist, had concealed a heart-condition from his friends and family. After the outbreak of WWII, unable to enlist, he worked nights (between films and local theatre-productions) as a draftsman for the Lockheed Aircraft Co.
Karl (Dwight Frye) has shady dealings with Dr Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) in Bride of Frankenstein (Universal 1935) He fared worse still in Son of Frankenstein (1939) – the film was intended to be shot entirely in Technicolor, and Frye’s scenes were thus completed.
Dwight Frye was the name of an actor who starred in horror films in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. A character named Dwight Frye also appeared in Marvel Comics' New Universe, nicknamed Bazooka.
Oct 18, 2011 · Published in 1997 Dwight Frye's Last Laugh is an authorized biography of Frye, the actor you know from his iconic support as Renfield in Dracula (1931) and Fritz in Frankenstein (1931), authored by Gregory W. Mank, James T. Coughlin and Dwight D. Frye. Frye, the actor's son, passed away in 2003.
Dwight Iliff Fry was born in Salina, Kansas on the 22nd of February 1899 to Charles Fry, a farmer and Ella Fry, a deeply devout Christian Scientist. Early in life, Dwight’s family moved to Denver, it was here that the adolescent showed signs of a brilliant career in music.
This song is a salute to the actor Dwight Frye, who played maniacal characters in many Universal horror films, including Renfield from the original Dracula (1931). Cooper dropped the "E" from the name to avoid a lawsuit. In concert, Cooper would perform this song in a straitjacket from which he would escape and strangle a nurse.
Mar 27, 2003 · Son of actor Dwight Frye. Worked primarily on the stage, including a small role in the 1965 Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha". In his only full length feature appearance, he had a small role, playing an injured boy on a train, in the film, "The Man Who Found Himself" (1937).
- 26 Dec 1930, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
- 27 Mar 2003 (aged 72), New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
- Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
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The titular ‘Dwight Fry’ is a tribute of sorts to the actor Dwight Frye. Frye’s most memorable role is that of Renfield in the Universal Studios' film, Dracula. Frye died in 1943 at the age of 44...
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