Fred Grossinger

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Fred Grossinger
Born (1936-01-01)January 1, 1936
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died November 21, 1995(1995-11-21) (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California
Other names Fred Holliday
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Judy Kapler, Nancy King
Children Debra Jeanne Grossinger Rouse

Fred Grossinger (January 1, 1936, in Pittsburgh – November 21, 1995, in Los Angeles), best known by his Hollywood name, Fred Holliday, was a stage, film and television actor renowned for his all-American face[1] who starred in over 1,000 TV commercials from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

Holliday made guest appearances on more than 150 television shows.[1] He was one of the Mighty Carson Art Players on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 12 years,[2] performed in the daytime dramas as Ron Wyche in Days of Our Lives,[3] as the manager at the Capwell Hotel in Santa Barbara,[4] in nighttime dramas such as John Atherton in Dallas[5] and was host of a short-lived daytime show, The Girl in My Life, on ABC in the early 1970s.[6] His movie appearances included Airport, A Patch of Blue, Edge of the Axe and A Guide for the Married Man.[3] He played in more than 50 Broadway and regional theater productions.[1]

Professionally, Holliday served on the local board of directors of the Los Angeles chapter of AFTRA for 10 years, as well as serving on the national board of AFTRA.[7] He was also active in the Screen Actors Guild.[8]

Holliday was married to Judy Kapler. He had one daughter, Debra Jeanne (Grossinger) Rouse, from his first marriage to Nancy King.[1] He died of a heart attack when he was 59.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Weiskind, Ron (29 November 1995) "Fred Holliday: Actor who feasted on commercials" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette page B-6
  2. ^ "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" TV Shows Guide
  3. ^ a b Fred Holliday (I) on Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Armstrong, Jim; Traub-Metlay, Suzanne and Reese, Jean "Santa Barbara Character List"
  5. ^ "Dallas cast Deaths"
  6. ^ "Girl in My Life" (1973) on Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ "Obituaries: Fred Holliday" Daily Variety 29 November 1995
  8. ^ Robb, David (1993) "Top SAG race a 5-way heat" The Hollywood Reporter 16 September 1993

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