Saturday, November 5, 2011

Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster and the other cast members from The Munsters

Remember that 'cute' little kid from that freaky TV show The Munsters that ran from 1964 to 1966?  Butch Patrick played Eddie Munster the youngest in the family.  Remember Eddie traipsing around the Munster mansion with his little wolfman doll?  He also later played the role of Mark in the TV show Lidsville in the 1970s.
 



Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster from the TV show The Munsters


Butch has done quite a bit of acting over the years and still is.  He landed his acting debut in a 1961 episode of The Detectives starring Robert Taylor and Mark Goddard.  That same year, he made his first film appearance in The Two Little Bears co-starring Eddie Albert, Jane Wyatt, Soupy Sales, Donnie Carter, and Jimmy Boyd.

He went on to star in shows and films such as Hand of Death co-starring John Agar, Paula Raymond and Stephen Dunne (1962); Ben Casey starring Vince Edwards, Eddie Firestone and Sam Jaffe (1962); Alcoa Premiere: The Time of the Tonsils co-starring Fred Astaire, Eddie Albert, Howard McNear, and Johnny Marshall (1962); The Untouchables starring Robert Stack, Ruth White, Russell Collins, and Edward Asner (1962); Pressure Point co-starring Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, and Howard Caine (1962); My Three Sons starring Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston and Don Grady (1962); A Child Is Waiting starring Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Gena Rowlands, Bill Mumy, and Steven Hill (1963); The Real McCoys starring Richard Crenna, Janet De Gore and Tony Martinez (1963); Death Valley Days starring Andrea Darvi, Patricia Huston, and Gilbert Roland (1963); Bonanza starring Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts,
Michael Landon, and Dan Blocker (1963); My Favorite Martian starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby and Kathy Kersh (1963); Mister Ed starring Alan Young, Connie Hines, Jack Albertson, and Edna Skinner (2 episodes, 1963-64); Rawhide starring Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, James Murdock, Paul Brinegar, and Steve Raines (1964); Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Glenn Strange, and Burt Reynolds (1964); and the film One Man's Way co-starring Don Murray, Diana Hyland, William Windom, Veronica Cartwright, Virginia Christine, and Arthur Peterson (1964).


It was in 1964 that Butch landed the role of Eddie Munster on The Munsters.  He co-starred with
Fred Gwynne (Herman), Yvonne De Carlo (Lilly), Beverly Owen  and Pat Priest (who both played Marilyn the normal one) and Al Lewis (Grandpa).  Beverly Owen left the show early to get married and was replaced by Pat Priest.  He played the role for two years until the show ended in 1966.


The cast of The Munsters
Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster on the TV show The Munsters

After The Munsters, Butch quickly renewed his role as Eddie Munster in the film Munster, Go Home! in 1966.  He co-starred with Fred Gwynne,Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick, Debbie Watson (Marilyn), Hermione Gingold, Robert Pine, Terry-Thomas, Bernard Fox, Richard Dawson, Maria Lennard, and Jeanne Arnold..  Butch continued on appearing in movies and shows such as Pistols 'n' Petticoats starring Ann Sheridan, Ruth McDevitt, Gary Vinson, Douglas Fowley, and Carole Wells (1966); I Dream of Jeannie starring Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman,  Hayden Rorke, and Bill Daily (1966); Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Roger Ewing, Amanda Blake, Glenn Strange, and George Lindsey (1967); The Monkees starring Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith (1967); The Young Loner co-starring Edward Andrews, Jane Zachary, Kim Hunter, and Frank Silvera (1968); Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (4 episodes, 1968); Family Affair starring Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones, and Johnny Whitaker (1968); My Three Sons starring Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston and Don Grady (7 episodes, 1968-69); Daniel Boone starring Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, and Vincent Price (1969); Marcus Welby, M.D. starring Robert Young, James Brolin and Elena Verdugo (1969); 80 Steps to Jonah starring Wayne Newton, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Diana Ewing, Jo Van Fleet, Slim Pickens, and Sal Mineo (1969); and Adam-12 starring Martin Milner, Kent McCord and William Boyett (2 episodes, 1969-70);.

Butch Patrick in an episode of Adam-12 circa 1970

In the 1970s Patrick appeared in movies and shows such as Headmaster starring Andy Griffith, Jerry Van Dyke and Claudette Nevins (1970); The Phantom Tollbooth co-starring Hans Conried, Daws Butler, and Mel Blanc (voice, 1970);  My Three Sons starring Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady, Beverly Garland, Dawn Lyn, and Tina Cole (1971); and The Sandpit Generals co-starring Juarez Santalvo, Freddie Gedeon, John Rubinstein, and Ademir Da Silva (1971).

It was in 1971 that Butch landed another TV series role as Mark in the show Lidsville.  He co-starred with Charles Nelson Reilly (Horatio J. Hoodoo), Billie Hayes (Weenie the Genie), Joy Campbell (Nursie), Sharon Baird (Raunchy Rabbit), and Angelo Rossitto (Mr. Big). The show only lasted one year, Butch appeared in all episodes.



Montage of Butch Patrick (upper left) and the cast of Lidsville 1971

After Lidsville, Patrick went on to appear in The Smith Family starring Henry Fonda, Janet Blair, Ron Howard, John Carter, Darleen Carr, and Michael-James Wixted (2 episodes, 1971-72); Shazam! starring Michael Gray, Les Tremayne and Lil' Mirkk (1974); Lucas Tanner starring David Hartman, and Rosemary Murphy (1974); Ironside starring Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, and Barbara Anderson (1974);

After a fifteen year hiatus from acting, Butch returned to the big screen in Scary Movie co-starring John Hawkes, Jason Waller, Virginia Pratt, Mark Voges, and Suzanne Aldrich (1989); he made a cameo in Here Come The Munsters starring Edward Herrmann, Veronica Hamel, Joel Brooks, Christine Taylor, Robert Morse, and Mathew Botuchis (1995).

Butch renewed his role as Eddie Munster in Macabre Theatre in 2002.  He went on to star in Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove co-starring (G. Larry Butler, William Winckler and Dezzirae Ascalon); Spaced Out co-starring James Vallo, Greg Maurer and Michael Wexler (2006); Life's a Butch co-starring Tony Guma, Brooke Lewis, and Josie Davis (2009); Kitaro's Graveyard Gang co-starring Caleb Pearson, Jason Barker, Anne Lockhart, Marieve Herington, and G. Larry Butler (voice, 2009); and It Came From Trafalgar co-starring Ken Miller, Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, Rudy Ray Moore, and Edwin Neal (2009). 



Butch Patrick 2009

More recently Patrick has starred in Soupernatural with Lou Ferrigno, Dee Wallace, Kathy Garver, Pamela Sue Martin, and Kristin Richardson (2010); Eat Me co-starring Sam Bailer, Heather Eger, Bob Brader, Caitlin Gold, Joanna Lu, and Patrick Cooley (2010); Underground Entertainment: The Movie co-starring Jim O'Rear, Bryan Wilson, William Forsythe, Danielle Harris, Ernie Hudson, Robert Englund, Kris Kristofferson, Cerina Vincent, and Scout Taylor-Compton (2010); and Kitaro's Graveyard Gang 2 co-starring Jason Barker, G. Larry Butler, Marieve Herington, Anne Lockhart, and David Gerrold (voice, 2011).


Butch Patrick in 2010


He has been in the news recently as being engaged to be married to one of his long time fans.  

The only other surviving members of The Musters cast are Beverly Owen and
Patricia Priest.  Beverly had a starring role in the daytime soap opera Another World until 1972.  Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis passed away in 2006 and 2007 respectively.



1 comment:

  1. Damn he looks old. What happened to him??

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