Virgil Frye

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Virgil Frye
Born August 21, 1930
Estherville, Iowa
Died May 7, 2012 (aged 81)
Occupation Film, television actor, boxer

Virgil Charles Frye, (August 21, 1930 - May 7, 2012), was an American actor and former Golden Gloves boxing champion.

He grew up in Estherville, Iowa. He has two children, Sean Frye and Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), and is the father-in-law of Jason Goldberg.

Frye made an uncredited appearance in Easy Rider while working as a makeup artist on the 1969 film[citation needed].

Frye suffered from Pick's Disease or Frontotemporal dementia (FTD). He was the subject of a documentary made by his daughter, titled Sonny Boy, which documents a trip that Frye and his daughter took to his hometown, and the effect his illness has had on their relationship.[1] Virgil Frye died at an Orange county nursing home on May 7, 2012.[2]


  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine From Shirley Temple to Barbara Kopple". 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ Harris M. Lentz III (24 April 2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland. pp. 103–. ISBN 978-0-7864-7063-1. 

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