Andrew Prine

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Andrew Prine
Andrew Prine 2010.jpg
Andrew Prine attending the "Night of 100 Stars" for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on March 7, 2010
Born Andrew Lewis Prine
(1936-02-14) February 14, 1936 (age 79)
Jennings, Florida, U.S.
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Sharon Farrell (1962–1962; divorced)
Brenda Scott (1965–1966; 1968–1969; 1973-1978 divorced)
Heather Lowe (1986–present)

Andrew Lewis Prine (born February 14, 1936) is an American film, stage, and television actor.

Early life and career[edit]

Prine was born in Jennings in Hamilton County in northern Florida. After graduation from Miami Jackson High School in Miami, Prine made his acting debut three years later in an episode of CBS's United States Steel Hour. His next role was in the 1959 Broadway production of Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel.[1] In 1962, Prine was cast in Academy Award-nominated film, The Miracle Worker as Helen Keller's older brother, James.

In 1962, Prine landed a lead role with Earl Holliman in the 28-episode NBC series, The Wide Country, a drama about two brothers who are rodeo performers.

After The Wide Country, Prine continued to work throughout the 1960s and 1970s, appearing in films with John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, William Holden, and Dean Martin and on television series such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Dr. Kildare, Baretta, Hawaii Five-O, Twelve O'Clock High, and The Bionic Woman. He played Dr. Richard Kimble's brother Ray in an important first season episode of The Fugitive. During the 1980s and 1990s, Prine continued to work in film and television. In the 1983–84 season, he appeared on W.E.B., Dallas, Weird Science, Boone, and as Steven in the science fiction miniseries V and its sequel V: The Final Battle.

Most recently, Prine has worked with director Quentin Tarantino on an Emmy-winning episode of CSI and in Saving Grace with Holly Hunter, Boston Legal and Six Feet Under in addition to feature films with Johnny Knoxville. The Encore Western Channel has featured him on Conversations with Andrew Prine interviewing Hollywood actors like Eli Wallach, Harry Carey, Jr., Patrick Wayne, and film makers such as Mark Rydell with behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

A life member of The Actors Studio,[2] Prine's stage work includes Long Day's Journey into Night with Charlton Heston and Deborah Kerr, The Caine Mutiny, directed by Henry Fonda, and A Distant Bell on Broadway. He has received the Golden Boot Award for his body of work in Westerns and two Best Actor Dramalogue awards.

Personal life[edit]

In 1962, Prine married actress Sharon Farrell, but the marriage ended a few months later.[citation needed]

Prine married actress Brenda Scott in 1965; the marriage ended after one month. While Prine and Scott remarried in 1966, their second marriage also ended in divorce.[citation needed] Following their second divorce, Prine and Scott co-starred as brother and sister in the NBC western series The Road West from 1966–1967. In 1973, Prine and Scott tried marriage yet again. Their third marriage also ended in divorce; this time after five years, in 1978.[citation needed]

Prine married his third wife, actress Heather Lowe, in 1986.

Murder suspect[edit]

In 1962, Prine met and started dating a twenty-one year old actress, Karyn Kupcinet. When Kupcinet was found dead three days after she was murdered on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1963, the subsequent investigation led the Los Angeles Police Department to name Prine as one of their chief suspects. The coroner determined Kupcinet had been strangled; her nude body was found in her Los Angeles apartment by friends on Sunday, December 1, 1963. When questioned by law enforcement, Prine said he had talked with Kupcinet twice by phone on Wednesday, the day before her murder, in an attempt to patch up an argument they had. Two other men were also named as suspects; both were friends of Prine. Each stated they visited Kupcinet on Wednesday evening, leaving when she went to bed for the night. According to police reports, Prine and Kupcinet had been receiving hand-made, anonymous death threats prior to the murder with the messages created from letters cut out of magazines. The Chicago Tribune later reported that detectives had found Kupcinet's fingerprints on a piece of tape used in one of the letters, leading them to believe Kupcinet was the one sending the threats. Kupcinet's murder was never solved and remains a cold case.[3][4]




  1. ^ Parkway Playhouse
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 279. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  3. ^ By Stephan Benzkofer (November 24, 2013). "Karyn Kupcinet 1963 death still unsolved". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ Phil Potempa (November 29, 2013). "OFFBEAT: Chicago gossip columnist Kup never forgot beloved daughter". Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 

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