Talk:Dwight Frye

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I've just brought this here so that I can clean it up (style, language, etc.) before putting it back into the article:

"A versatile character actor, originator of several memorable characterizations in the horror film genre. Dwight Frye had a notable theatre career, moving from juvenile parts to leads before entering film. He originated the part of "the Young Man" in the 1922 Broadway premiere of Luigi Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author." Cast with Bela Lugosi in a 1926 production of "The Devil and the Cheese, " he ultimately appeared in at least two Lugosi films. Despite (or perhaps because of) his memorable, impassioned portrayals of real estate agent-cum-madman Renfield in Tod Browning's 1931 film "Dracula, " and Fritz the sadistic hunchbacked lab assistant in James Whale's "Frankenstein, " the Industry seemed determined to typecast him. "The Crime of Dr. Crespi" (1935) offered him billing second only to that of villain Erich von Stroheim but too soon he was consigned to playing a lucklustre array of lunatics, spies, red herrings, grasping heirs, and bit parts. He occasionally returned to the stage in comedies, musicals, and thrillers such as "Night Must Fall" and a stage version of "Dracula." In the early '40's he worked nights (between films and local theatre productions) as a tool desginer for the Lockheed Aircraft Company. An uncanny physical resemblance to then-Secretary of War Newton D.Baker led to being signed to a substantial role in a film called "Wilson", based on the life of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, but Frye succumbed to a heart attack on a bus a few days later."

--Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 17:35, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

OK, this is the copy-edtited version:

"Frye was a versatile character actor, and created several memorable characterizations in the horror film genre. He had a notable theatre career, moving from juvenile parts to leads before entering film. He was the first to fill the role of "the Young Man" in the 1922 Broadway premiere of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. Cast with Bela Lugosi in a 1926 production of The Devil and the Cheese, he ultimately appeared in at least two Lugosi films. Despite (or perhaps because of) his memorable, impassioned portrayals of real-estate agent-cum-madman Renfield in Tod Browning's 1931 film Dracula, and Fritz the sadistic hunchbacked laboratory assistant in James Whale's Frankenstein, the industry seemed determined to typecast him. The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935) offered him billing second only to that of villain Erich von Stroheim. but too soon he was consigned to playing a lucklustre array of lunatics, spies, red herrings, grasping heirs, and bit parts. He occasionally returned to the stage in comedies, musicals, and thrillers such as Night Must Fall and a stage version of Dracula. In the early 1940s he worked at nights (between films and local theatre productions) as a tool designer for the Lockheed Aircraft Company. An uncanny physical resemblance to then-Secretary of War Newton D. Baker led to him being signed to a substantial role in a film called Wilson, based on the life of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, but Frye succumbed to a heart attack on a bus a few days later."

Is he related to Soleil Frye?[edit]

Just wondering if he's related to Soleil Frye who played Punky Brewster? DavidFarmbrough 11:00, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

not unless they are distant cousins. Virgil Frye (Soleil's dad) was born in Iowa in the 1930s while Dwight was born in Kansas some 35 years earlier and stayed in California most of his adult life. So they would not be diectly related. Also some documents list Dwight's source (birth) name as "Fry" - no e. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.65.109.159 (talk) 05:26, 8 May 2007 (UTC).