Friday, November 4, 2011

Marilyn Munster Played By Pat Priest

Patricia Ann Priest was born August 15, 1936 in Bountiful, Utah.  She is most famous for playing the role of Marilyn Munster in the 1960s TV show, The Munsters.

Patricia Priest played the role of Marilyn Munster on The Munsters from 1964 to 1966

Pat made her television debut in the series The Lieutenant in 1963 which starred Gary Lockwood, Robert Vaughn and John Milford.  Pat went on a year later to appear on The Jack Benny Program starring Jack Benny, Eddie Anderson, Dennis Day and Don Wilson.

Priest made her film debut as a waitress in the 1964 film Looking for Love co-starring Connie Francis, Jim Hutton, Johnny Carson, Barbara Nichols, Susan Oliver, Danny Thomas, George Hamilton, Paula Prentiss, and Joan Marshall.  She continued on appearing in films and shows such as Valentine's Day starring Anthony Franciosa, Jack Soo and Janet Waldo (1964); Quick Before It Melts co-starring George Maharis, Norman Fell, Robert Morse, Yvonne Craig, Anjanette Comer, Michael Constantine, and Anjanette Comer (1964); Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea starring Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Terry Becker, Robert Dowdell, and Del Monroe (1964); My Favorite Martian starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby and Pamela Britton (1964); Death Valley Days starring John Clarke, Phyllis Coates and Peter Haskell (1964); and Perry Mason: The Case of the Tandem Target starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Talman, William Hopper, and Ann Rutherford (1964).

Patricia Priest then

It was late in 1964 that Pat got a big break when Beverly Owen, the actress who played Marilyn Munster on the TV comedy The Munsters, decided to leave the show after filming thirteen episodes.  Pat won the role and joined the cast of The Munsters.  She co-starred with Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster), Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster), Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster).  She played the role of Marilyn until the show ended in 1966.

The cast of The Munsters: Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster), Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster), Pat Priest (Marilyn Munster) and Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster)
Pat Priest as Marilyn Munster on the TV comedy The Munsters

After The Munsters, Pat went on to star appear in Perry Mason: The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Talman, William Hopper, Cloris Leachman, Gary Collins, Richard Anderson, and Anne Whitfield (1966); and The Lucy Show starring Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Mary Jane Croft, and Walter Burke (1966). 

Patricia Priest in Perry Mason 1966

In 1967 Pat would co-star with Elvis Presley in Easy Come, Easy Go also co-starring Dodie Marshall, Pat Harrington Jr., Frank McHugh, Sandy Kenyon, and Skip Ward (1967).   That same year she also appeared in an episode of Mannix starring Mike Connors, Joseph Campanella, Richard Mulligan, Robert Yuro, and Judi Meredith.

Priest would go on to appear in Run for Your Life starring Ben Gazzara (1968); The Red Skelton Hour starring Red Skelton, Art Gilmore, Eddy Arnold, and Reta Shaw (1968); Ironside starring Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Barbara Anderson, Joseph Campanella, Beah Richards, and Gene Lyons (1969); The Virginian starring James Drury, John McIntire and Doug McClure (1969);  Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead, David White, Erin Murphy, and Alice Ghostley (3 episodes 1969-1970).

In 1970, Pat appeared in the disaster thriller Airport co-starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Jean Seberg, Maureen Stapleton, Helen Hayes, Barbara Hale, Dana Wynter, and Barry Nelson.  She would go on to appear in Mission: Impossible starring Peter Graves, Leonard Nimoy, Greg Morris, Lesley Ann Warren, and Sam Elliott (1971); and The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant co-starring Bruce Dern, Casey Kasem, Albert Cole, and John Bloom (1971).

Pat Priest starred in The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant 1971
Pat Priest poses for a 1971 Playboy photo shoot on "The Munster Koach"

Pat would make her last film appearance in the 1973 film Some Call It Loving co-starring Zalman King, Carol White, Tisa Farrow, Richard Pryor, and Veronica Anderson.  This would be followed by her last regular TV show appearance in a 1976 episode of
The Mary Tyler Moore Show starring  Mary Tyler Moore as well as Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel, and Betty White.

After a nineteen year absence from the screen, in 1995 Pat made a cameo appearance in Here Come the Munsters which starred Edward Herrmann, Veronica Hamel, Robert Morse, Christine Taylor, Mathew Botuchis, and Butch Patrick.

Pat Priest who formerly played Marilyn Munster in the 1960s show The Munsters, made a cameo appearance in the 1995 Here Come the Munsters
Pat Priest today


  1. Thank you for all TV good times. I only wish we could have returned the favor. .Paul Hogan Hampton Va

  2. I Love the Munsters great show keep me Laughing

  3. Great show the Munsters keep me Laughing thank you

  4. She looks a lot older now.

    1. Maybe due to it being many years gone by and we all do age duh!!!

    2. People tend to look older after so many years pssing

  5. No such thing as the youth fountain.

  6. Wow,I didn't realize she played in so many movies and shows in her career.

  7. Thank you Pat for all your wonderful performances! As Marilyn Munster you were the girl every guy dreams of. She was so beautiful and had a "Golden Heart". You are still beautiful and you still have a "Golden Heart" . Your family and loved ones are blessed by God to have you in their lives!!! Thanks a million! You rock Pat!!!!

  8. Ranger Earvin U.S. Army RetiredOctober 22, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I am watching you on the Munster at this moment. As a kid in the 60's I enjoy all of you guys making me laugh. Now after returning from 24 yrs in the Army. I never forgot your performance and co-star performance making me laugh and just feeling good. Thanks for the memories!!!

  9. THERE

  10. I grew up watching the Munster! I love them, they brought me alot of laughter. I still love to watch them !

  11. I loved watching the munsters but I beg the difference Lilly was the fairest of them all

  12. Yes as I was growing up in my little town of Everton Indiana, I watched the Munsters reverently every day, I miss them all so much, they made me laugh alot! Sadly missed....😔