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 81)
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, 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. 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. Prine married his third wife, actress Heather Lowe, in 1986.

Murder suspect[edit]

In 1962, Prine met a 21-year-old actress, Karyn Kupcinet, when she guest-starred on one episode of The Wide Country.[3] They began a relationship. When Kupcinet was found dead three days after she was murdered in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1963, the subsequent investigation led the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to consider Prine as one of their chief suspects.[3] Newspapers did not report his status as a suspect or that anyone else was a suspect. The coroner determined Kupcinet had been strangled; her nude body was found in her Los Angeles apartment by friends, a married couple, Mark and Marcia Goddard.[3]

When questioned by law enforcement, Andrew 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 had.[3] Two other men were also named as suspects; both were friends of Prine. Each stated that together they had visited Kupcinet on Wednesday evening and watched television with her, including The Danny Kaye Show, and they left when she went to bed for the night. Prine was not with them at Kupcinet's home; they saw him elsewhere later that night.[3]

According to reports from sheriff's investigators, Prine and Kupcinet had been receiving hand-made, anonymous death threats for several weeks prior to the murder, and these messages had been created from letters and words cut out of magazine headlines. The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers reported on December 5 and 6, 1963 that detectives had found Kupcinet's fingerprints on a piece of Scotch Tape used to create one of the messages, leading them to believe Kupcinet had been the person making the threats. (Whoever sent them hand-delivered them to Prine's home and Kupcinet's home instead of mailing them with postage stamps.) Prine told investigators that when he and Kupcinet had met to show each other the threatening messages, she had acted puzzled and clueless about who could have done such a thing.[3] After reports that investigators had matched fingerprints from the Scotch tape to ones from Kupcinet's 1962 arrest for shoplifting, all newspapers dropped the story. In the December 1998 issue of GQ magazine, however, crime writer James Ellroy claimed that Andrew Prine and his two friends had been questioned by the sheriff's department many times throughout the 1960s until as late as 1969.

In 1988, Karyn Kupcinet's father, syndicated newspaper columnist Irving Kupcinet, published a memoir in which he revealed that he and his wife Essee, Karyn's mother, believed that Andrew Prine had nothing to do with her murder.[4] They believed the culprit was a neighbor in her apartment complex in West Hollywood, California who had no connection to Prine or either of the friends who visited her a few hours before the murder.[4] Irving Kupcinet stated further that he and his wife believed that the culprit's wealthy family had hired lawyers who blocked sheriff's investigators from questioning the suspected culprit.[5]

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Karyn Kupcinet's murder was never solved and remains a cold case.[6][7]




  1. ^ Parkway Playhouse Archived June 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  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. ^ a b c d e f Ellroy, James (1999). Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction From the Underside of L.A. Random House, Inc. ISBN 0-375-70471-X. 
  4. ^ a b Kupcinet, Irving (1988). Kup: A Man, An Era, A City. Bonus Books. pp. 186–188. ISBN 0-933893-70-1. 
  5. ^ Kupcinet, Irving (1988). Kup: A Man, An Era, A City. Bonus Books. p. 187. ISBN 0-933893-70-1. 
  6. ^ Stephan Benzkofer (November 24, 2013). "Karyn Kupcinet 1963 death still unsolved". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ 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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