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Dwight Iliff Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943) was an American stage and screen actor, noted for his appearances in the classic horror films Dracula, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.

Frye was born in Salina, Kansas. Nicknamed "The Man with the Thousand-Watt Stare," and "The Man of a Thousand Deaths," he specialized in the portrayal of mentally unbalanced characters, including his signature role, the madman Renfield in Tod Browning's 1931 version of Dracula. Later that same year he also played the hunchbacked assistant in the film Frankenstein. (This character, named Fritz, is often mistakenly referred to as Ygor, a character originated by Béla Lugosi in the later film Son of Frankenstein.)

Frye had a prominent role in the 1933 horror film The Vampire Bat, starring Lionel Atwill, Melvyn Douglas, and Fay Wray, in which he played Herman, a half-wit suspected of being a killer. He also had a memorable role in the classic Bride of Frankenstein, in which he played Karl. The part of Karl was originally much longer and many extra scenes of Frye were shot as a sub plot but were edited out of the final version to shorten the running time as well as to appease the censor boards. The most memorable of these "cut scenes" was that of Karl killing the Burgomaster portrayed by E. E. Clive. No known prints of these scenes survive today, but photographs of the scene were used to illustrate the scene's synopsis and are included in the recent Universal DVD release of the film.

During the early 1940s, Frye alternated between film roles and appearing on stage in a variety of productions ranging from comedies to musicals, as well as appearing in a stage version of Dracula. In 1924 he played the Son in a translation of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author.[1] There was a Dwight Frye Fan Club at one time,[2] but it is currently dormant. He also made a contribution to the war effort by working nights as a tool designer for Lockheed Aircraft. Frye's strong resemblance to former Secretary of War Newton D. Baker helped land him what would have been a substantial role in the biographical film Wilson, based on the life of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, but he died of a heart attack while riding on a bus in Hollywood a few days before filming was to have begun.

Frye was interred in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Dwight Frye, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Dwight Iliff Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943) was an American stage and screen actor, noted for his appearances in the classic horror films Dracula, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.

Frye was born in Salina, Kansas. Nicknamed "The Man with the Thousand-Watt Stare," and "The Man of a Thousand Deaths," he specialized in the portrayal of mentally unbalanced characters, including his signature role, the madman Renfield in Tod Browning's 1931 version of Dracula. Later that same year he also played the hunchbacked assistant in the film Frankenstein. (This character, named Fritz, is often mistakenly referred to as Ygor, a character originated by Béla Lugosi in the later film Son of Frankenstein.)

Frye had a prominent role in the 1933 horror film The Vampire Bat, starring Lionel Atwill, Melvyn Douglas, and Fay Wray, in which he played Herman, a half-wit suspected of being a killer. He also had a memorable role in the classic Bride of Frankenstein, in which he played Karl. The part of Karl was originally much longer and many extra scenes of Frye were shot as a sub plot but were edited out of the final version to shorten the running time as well as to appease the censor boards. The most memorable of these "cut scenes" was that of Karl killing the Burgomaster portrayed by E. E. Clive. No known prints of these scenes survive today, but photographs of the scene were used to illustrate the scene's synopsis and are included in the recent Universal DVD release of the film.

During the early 1940s, Frye alternated between film roles and appearing on stage in a variety of productions ranging from comedies to musicals, as well as appearing in a stage version of Dracula. In 1924 he played the Son in a translation of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author.[1] There was a Dwight Frye Fan Club at one time,[2] but it is currently dormant. He also made a contribution to the war effort by working nights as a tool designer for Lockheed Aircraft. Frye's strong resemblance to former Secretary of War Newton D. Baker helped land him what would have been a substantial role in the biographical film Wilson, based on the life of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, but he died of a heart attack while riding on a bus in Hollywood a few days before filming was to have begun.

Frye was interred in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Dwight Frye, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 41

Birthday 1899-02-22

Day of Death 1943-11-07

Place of Birth Salina, Kansas, USA

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Also Known As

  • Dwight Iliff Fry

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Dracula's Ghost
1943 Dead Men Walk as Zolarr
1943 Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man as Rudi, a Vasarian
1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein as Villager of Frankenstein
1941 The Devil Pays Off as Radio Operator
1941 Mystery Ship as Rader
1941 Flying Blind as Leo Qualen
1940 The Son of Monte Cristo as Pavlov's Secretary
1940 Sky Bandits as Speavy
1940 Phantom Raiders as Eddie Anders
1940 Gangs of Chicago as Pinky
1940 Drums of Fu Manchu as Prof. Anderson
1939 The Man in the Iron Mask as Fouquet's Valet
1938 Adventure in Sahara as Gravet, 'the Jackal'
1938 Think It Over as Arsonist
1938 Fast Company as Sidney Z. Wheeler
1938 Sinners in Paradise as Marshall
1938 Invisible Enemy as Alex
1938 Who Killed Gail Preston? as Mr. Owen
1937 The Shadow as Vindecco
1937 Something to Sing About as Mr. Easton (makeup supervisor)
1937 The Man Who Found Himself as Hysterical patient
1936 Beware Of Ladies as Swanson
1936 Alibi For Murder as McBride
1936 Florida Special as Jenkins
1935 The Crime of Doctor Crespi as Dr. Thomas
1935 Atlantic Adventure as Spike Jonas
1935 The Bride of Frankenstein as Karl
1933 The Invisible Man as Reporter (uncredited)
1933 The Circus Queen Murder as Flandrin
1933 The Vampire Bat as Herman Gleib
1932 The Wayne Murder Case as Robert Wayne
1932 The Western Code as Dick Loomis
1932 Attorney for the Defense as James Wallace
1931 Frankenstein as Fritz
1931 The Maltese Falcon as Wilmer Cook
1931 Dracula as Renfield
1930 Man to Man as Vint Glade
1930 The Doorway to Hell as Monk - a Gangster
1927 Upstream as Theatre Audience Spectator
1926 Exit Smiling as Balcony Heckler (uncredited)

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