Alfredo James Al Pacino is an American actor of stage and screen and screenwriter. DeMille Award, and the National Medal of Arts and he is one of few performers to have won a competitive Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony Award for acting, dubbed the Triple Crown of Acting. He achieved international acclaim and recognition for his role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppolas The Godfather. He received his first Oscar nomination and would reprise the role in the successful sequels The Godfather Part II. Pacinos performance as Corleone is now regarded as one of the greatest screen performances in film history, for his performances in The Godfather, Dick Tracy and Glengarry Glen Ross, Pacino was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. A lifelong fan of Shakespeare, Pacino directed and starred in Looking for Richard, a film about the play Richard III. He has acted as Shylock in a 2004 feature film adaptation, since 1994, Pacino has been the joint president of the Actors Studio with Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel.
Pacino was born in New York City, to Sicilian-American parents Salvatore Pacino and Rose and his mother moved to The Bronx to live with her parents and James Gerardi, coincidentally, had come from a town in Sicily named Corleone. His father, who was from San Fratello in the Province of Messina, moved to Covina, California, in his teen years Sonny, as he was known to his friends, aimed to become a baseball player, and was nicknamed The Actor. Pacino went through Herman Ridder Junior High School, but in secondary school dropped out of many classes and he attended the High School of Performing Arts, but dropped out of school at age 17. His mother disagreed with his decision, they argued and he left home and he worked at low-paying jobs, busboy and postal clerk, to finance his acting studies. He once worked in the room for Commentary magazine. He began smoking and drinking at age nine, and took up casual cannabis use at age 13 and his two closest friends died from drug abuse at the ages of 19 and 30.
Growing up in The Bronx, he got into fights and was considered something of a troublemaker at school. He acted in basement plays in New Yorks theatrical underground but was rejected for the Actors Studio while a teenager, Pacino joined the Herbert Berghof Studio, where he met acting teacher Charlie Laughton, who became his mentor and best friend. In this period, he was unemployed and homeless, and sometimes slept on the street, in theaters. In 1962, his mother died at the age of 43, the following year, Pacinos grandfather James Gerardi, one of the most influential people in his life, died. After four years at HB Studio, Pacino successfully auditioned for the Actors Studio, the Actors Studio is a membership organization of professional actors, theatre directors and playwrights in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula. Dracula has been assigned to many genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel. Stoker did not invent the vampire but he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film, a short note is located at the end of the final chapter written 7 years after the events outlined in the novel. At first enticed by Draculas gracious manners, Harker soon realizes that he is Draculas prisoner, wandering the Counts castle against Draculas admonition, Harker encounters three female vampires, called the sisters, from whom he is rescued by Dracula. After the preparations are made, Dracula leaves Transylvania and abandons Harker to the sisters, Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life. Not long afterward, a Russian ship, the Demeter, having weighed anchor at Varna, the captains log narrates the gradual disappearance of the entire crew, until the captain alone remained, himself bound to the helm to maintain course.
An animal resembling a dog is seen leaping ashore. The ships cargo is described as silver sand and 50 boxes of mould, or earth and he does this to secure for himself lairs and the 50 boxes of earth would be used as his graves which would grant safety and rest during times of feeding and replenishing his strength. Soon Dracula is indirectly shown to be stalking Lucy Westenra, who is holidaying in Whitby, as time passes she begins to suffer from episodes of sleepwalking and dementia, as witnessed by her friend Mina Murray, the fiancée of Jonathan Harker. Lucy receives three marriage proposals from Dr. John Seward, Quincey Morris, and Arthur Holmwood, Lucy accepts Holmwoods proposal while turning down Seward and Morris, but all remain friends. Dracula communicates with Sewards patient Renfield, an man who wishes to consume insects, birds. Renfield is able to detect Draculas presence and supplies clues accordingly, when Lucy begins to waste away suspiciously, Seward invites his old teacher, Abraham Van Helsing, who immediately determines the true cause of Lucys condition.
He refuses to disclose it but diagnoses her with acute blood-loss, Helsing prescribes numerous blood transfusions to which Dr. Seward, Helsing and Arthur all contribute over time. Helsing prescribes flowers to be placed throughout her room and weaves a necklace of withered Garlic Blossoms for her to wear as well and she however continues to waste away - appearing to lose blood every night. While both doctors are absent and her mother are attacked by a wolf, Mrs. Westenra, who has a heart condition, dies of fright. Van Helsing attempts to protect her with garlic but fate thwarts him each night, whether Lucys mother removes the garlic from her room, the doctors have found two small puncture marks about her neck, which Dr. Seward is at a loss to understand. After Lucy dies, Helsing places a crucifix over her mouth. Fate conspires against him again when Helsing finds the crucifix in the possession of one of the servants who stole it off Lucys corpse, following Lucys death and burial, the newspapers report children being stalked in the night by a bloofer lady
Travesties is a 1974 play by Tom Stoppard. The plays setting is primarily Zürich, Switzerland during the First World War, three important personalities were living in Zürich at that time, the modernist author James Joyce, the communist revolutionary Lenin, and the founder of Dada, Tristan Tzara. As he reminisces Carrs memory becomes prone to distraction, and instead of historical biography these characters are interpreted through the maze of his mind. Carrs memories are couched in a Zürich production of Oscar Wildes play The Importance of Being Earnest in which he had a starring role, Stoppard uses this production and Carrs mixed feelings surrounding it as a framework to explore art, the war and revolution. Situations from Earnest feature prominently within the action, the characters in Travesties include versions of two characters from Earnest and Cecily, and the comedic situations of many of the other roles are shared by other characters. Stoppard uses many theatrical devices within the play, including puns, the real Carr did play Algernon with a group of actors called The English Players, for whom the real James Joyce was the business manager.
Carr and Joyce had a disagreement after the play, which led to legal action. The dispute was settled with the judge deciding in favour of both disputants on different counts, Joyce parodied Carr, and the English Consul General in Zürich at that time, A. Percy Bennett, as two characters in Ulysses, with Carr being portrayed as a drunken, obscene soldier in the Circe episode. After the first performance of Travesties Stoppard received a letter from Henry Carrs widow, Travesties was first produced at the Aldwych Theatre, London, on 10 June 1974, by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The production was directed by Peter Wood and designed by Carl Toms and it closed on 13 March 1976 after 156 performances at the Aldwych, the Albery Theatres in London and the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City. Reichel in 1978 with Martin Benrath, Nikolaus Paryla, and de, the production was transferred to the Savoy Theatre in March 1994 and ran there until June 1994. A reading was given at the British Library in February 2008, the production broke box office records at the Menier Chocolate Factory, becoming the first play in the company’s history to sell out ahead of its first preview.
In February 2017 the play, and company, transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London, awards 1976 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play 1976 Tony Award for Best Play 1976 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy Michael Berry. Travesties at the Internet Broadway Database Travesties at the Internet Broadway Database
The Misanthrope, or the Cantankerous Lover is a 17th-century comedy of manners in verse written by Molière. It was first performed on 4 June 1666 at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, the play satirizes the hypocrisies of French aristocratic society, but it engages a more serious tone when pointing out the flaws which all humans possess. It differs from most of Molières other works by focusing more on character development, the play, though not a commercial success in its time, survives as Molières best known work today. Molière has received criticism for The Misanthrope. The French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, claimed in his Letter to M. DAlembert on Spectacles that it was Molières best work and he believed that the audience should be supporting Alceste and his views about society rather than disregarding his idealistic notions and belittling him as a character. Alceste The protagonist and misanthrope of the title and he is quick to criticize the flaws of everyone around him, including himself.
He cannot help but love Célimène though he loathes her behaviour, Célimène A young woman who is courted by Alceste, Oronte and Clitandre. She is playful and flirtatious, and likes to point out the flaws of everyone she meets behind their backs, Célimène pays much attention to social appearances. Philinte A polite man who cares for Alceste, and recognizes the importance of occasionally veiling ones true opinions in a social context. He is mainly thought of as Alcestes foil, Acaste A young, pompous marquis who believes he is deserving of Célimènes love. Oronte An outgoing, seemingly confident man who loves Célimène for a time and his insecurity is revealed when he is unable to handle Alcestes criticism of his love sonnet. Arsinoé A highly moralistic older woman who is jealous of the attentions which Alceste pours onto Célimène, Éliante Love interest to Philinte and cousin to Célimène, who initially pines for Alceste. She possesses a good balance between societal conformity and individual expression, Clitandre Another marquis who attempts to woo Célimène and win her love, and enjoys gossiping with her about notable social figures.
Du Bois Alcestes farcically blundering manservant, guard A messenger of the Marshals of France who asks Alceste to answer for his criticism of Orontes poetry. Much to the horror of his friends and companions, Alceste rejects la politesse and his refusal to make nice makes him tremendously unpopular and he laments his isolation in a world he sees as superficial and base, saying early in Act I. Mankind has grown so base, / I mean to break with the human race. Despite his convictions, Alceste cannot help but love the flighty and vivacious Célimène, though he constantly reprimands her, Célimène refuses to change, charging Alceste with being unfit for society. Despite his sour reputation as the misanthrope, Alceste does have women pining for him, particularly the moralistic Arsinoé, though he acknowledges their superior virtues, his heart still lies with Célimène
Streamers is a play by David Rabe. In charge of their barracks are abrasive alcoholic Sgt, who already has served overseas, and aggressive Sgt. Rooney, who is anxious to get into combat, the title is a reference to parachutes that fail to open. Streamers originally was a play entitled Knives Rabe completed in the late 1960s prior to writing the first two-thirds of his trilogy. While working as a journalist in New Haven, Connecticut, he expanded it into a full-length play, under the direction of Mike Nichols, it premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre on January 30,1976. The cast included Herbert Jefferson, Jr. as Roger, Peter Evans as Richie, John Heard as Billy, Joe Fields as Carlyle, Dolph Sweet as Cokes, Streamers premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut in 1976. The play transferred to the Off-Broadway Lincoln Center Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater opening on April 21,1976, the cast included Terry Alexander as Roger, Paul Rudd as Billy and Dorian Harewood as Carlyle, with Evans, and McMillian reprising their Long Wharf roles.
Later in the run Mark Metcalf replaced Rudd as Billy, Streamers was revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The play opened at the Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre on October 17,2008 in previews, officially on November 11 and this production was based on the one presented by the Huntington Theatre in 2007. It was directed by Scott Ellis, the cast included J. D. Williams as Roger, Hale Appleman as Richie, Brad Fleischer as Billy, Atoh Essandoh as Carlyle, Larry Clarke as Sgt. Cokes, and John Sharian as Sgt, the cast included David Alan Grier as Roger, Mitchell Lichtenstein as Richie, Matthew Modine as Billy, Michael Wright as Carlyle, George Dzundza as Cokes, and Guy Boyd as Rooney. The movie was awarded a Golden Lion for its ensemble cast at the Venice Film Festival. The film was released on DVD via Shout, Streamers at the Internet Broadway Database Streamers at the Internet off-Broadway Database Streamers at the Internet Broadway Database Streamers at the Internet Movie Database
Sizwe Banzi Is Dead
Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is a play by Athol Fugard, written collaboratively with two South African actors, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, both of whom appeared in the original production. Its world première occurred on 8 October 1972 at the Space Theatre, Cape Town and its subsequent British première won a London Theatre Critics Award for the Best Play of 1974. Its American première occurred at the Edison Theatre, in New York City, the play opens in the photography studio of a man named Styles. The studio is located in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, after reading a newspaper article on an automobile plant, Styles tells a humorous story to the audience about an incident that occurred when he worked at Ford Motor Company. Styles continues to read the paper and talks about his photography studio and his musings are interrupted when a customer, Sizwe Bansi, arrives. He asks to have his picture taken, but when Styles asks him for his deposit and name, Sizwe hesitates, Styles asks Sizwe what he will do with the photo, and Sizwe tells him he will send it to his wife.
When the picture is taken, the moment is frozen into what the photograph will look like and it comes to life and Sizwe dictates the letter to his wife that will accompany the photo. In the letter, Sizwe tells his wife that Sizwe Bansi is dead and he writes that when he arrived in Port Elizabeth from their home in King William’s Town, he stayed with a friend named Zola who tried to help Sizwe find a job. His employment search was unsuccessful, as a result, he was told by the authorities that he must leave in three days, Sizwe went to stay with Zola’s friend, Buntu. The play returns to present time, staying at Buntu’s house, Sizwe tells Buntu about his problems — unless a miracle happens, he will have to leave town in three days. Buntu is sympathetic to the problem and suggests he work in the mines in King William’s Town, Sizwe rejects the idea as too dangerous. Buntu decides to take him out for a treat at Sky’s place, the focus switches back to Sizwe as he continues to compose the letter to his wife.
He describes his experiences at Sky’s Shebeen, where he was served alcohol by a woman in a respectful manner, the scene shifts to the outside of Sky’s after Sizwe and Buntu have been drinking. Buntu decides that he needs to get home to go to work tomorrow and he goes into an alley to relieve himself and finds a dead man there. Sizwe wants to report the body to the police, Buntu nixes the idea, but he retrieves the dead man’s identity book to find his address. Buntu finds that the man, named Robert Zwelinzima, has a work-seeker’s permit — the very thing that Sizwe needs to stay in town, at Buntu’s house, Buntu switches the photographs in the books. He proposes that they burn Sizwe’s book — effectively making him dead — and have Sizwe adopt the dead man’s identity so he can stay in Port Elizabeth, Sizwe is unsure about the plan, in particular, he worries about his wife and children. Buntu contends that they can remarry, after much discussion, Sizwe agrees to the switch
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE, is a Welsh actor of film and television. In 1968, he got his break in film in The Lion in Winter, since 2016, he has starred in the critically acclaimed HBO television series Westworld. Along with his Academy Award, Hopkins has won three BAFTA Awards, two Emmys, and the Cecil B, in 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, Hopkins was born on New Years Eve 1937, in Margam, a suburb of Port Talbot, Glamorgan. His parents were Annie Muriel and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker and his school days were unproductive, he would rather immerse himself in art, such as painting and drawing, or playing the piano, than attend to his studies. In 1949, to discipline, his parents insisted he attend Jones West Monmouth Boys School in Pontypool. He remained there for five terms and was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School in the Vale of Glamorgan. Hopkins was influenced and encouraged by Welsh compatriot Richard Burton, whom he met at the age of 15, Hopkins promptly enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, from which he graduated in 1957.
After two years in the British Army doing his national service, he moved to London, where he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Hopkins made his first professional appearance in the Palace Theatre, Swansea. In 1965, after years in repertory, he was spotted by Laurence Olivier. Hopkins became Oliviers understudy, and filled in when Olivier was struck with appendicitis during a production of August Strindbergs The Dance of Death, despite his success at the National, Hopkins tired of repeating the same roles nightly and yearned to be in films. He made his debut in a 1967 BBC broadcast of A Flea in Her Ear. His first starring role in a film came in 1964 in Changes, in 1968, he got his break in The Lion in Winter playing Richard I. Although Hopkins continued in theatre he gradually moved away from it to more established as a television. He portrayed Charles Dickens in the BBC television film The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens in 1970, and Pierre Bezukhov in the BBCs mini series War and Peace.
In 1972 he starred as British politician David Lloyd George in Young Winston, in 1980, he starred in The Elephant Man as the English doctor Sir Frederick Treves, who attends to Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London. That year he starred opposite Shirley MacLaine in A Change of Seasons
Equus is a play by Peter Shaffer written in 1973, telling the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious fascination with horses. Shaffer was inspired to write Equus when he heard of a crime involving a 17-year-old who blinded six horses in a town near Suffolk. He set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident, the original stage production ran at the National Theatre in London between 1973 and 1975, directed by John Dexter. Alec McCowen played Dysart, and Peter Firth played Alan Strang, came the Broadway productions that starred Anthony Hopkins as Dysart and from the London production, Peter Firth as Alan. When Firth left for Broadway, Dai Bradley took over the role of Alan in the London production, tom Hulce replaced Firth during the Broadway run. The Broadway production ran for 1,209 performances, marian Seldes appeared in every single performance of the Broadway run, first in the role of Hesther and as Dora.
Shaffer adapted his play for a 1977 film of the same name, numerous other issues inform the narrative. Most important are religious and ritual sacrifice themes, and the manner in which character Alan Strang constructs a personal theology involving the horses, Alan sees the horses as representative of God and confuses his adoration of his God with sexual attraction. Also important is Shaffers examination of the conflict between values and satisfaction and societal mores and institutions. In reference to the classical structure and characterisation. Martin Dysart is a psychiatrist in a mental hospital and he begins with a monologue in which he outlines the case of 17-year-old Alan Strang, who blinded six horses. He divulges his feeling that his occupation is not all that he wishes it to be and his feelings of dissatisfaction and he comments that Alan Strangs crime was extreme but adds that just such extremity is needed to break free from the chains of existence. A court magistrate, Hesther Saloman, visits Dysart, believing that he has the skills to help Alan come to terms with what he did.
At the hospital, Dysart has a deal of difficulty making any kind of headway with Alan. Dysart reveals a dream he has had, in a Grecian/Homeric setting, Dysart slices open the viscera of hundreds of children, and pulls out their entrails. He becomes disgusted with what he is doing, but desiring to look professional to the other officials and he learns that, from an early age, Alan has been receiving conflicting viewpoints on religion from his parents. Alans mother, Dora, is a devout Christian who has read to him daily from the Bible and this practice has antagonized Alans father Frank, a non-believer. Slowly, Dysart makes contact with Alan by playing a game each of them asks a question
Richard Paul Kiley was an American stage and film actor. He is best known for his theatrical career in which he twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor In A Musical. Kiley created the role of Don Quixote in the original 1965 production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and was the first to sing and record The Impossible Dream, the hit song from the show. In the 1953 hit musical Kismet, he played the Caliph and was one of the quartet introducing the song And This Is My Beloved. Additionally, he won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards during his 50-year career and his sonorous baritone was featured in the narration of a number of documentaries, Kiley was born in Chicago and raised Roman Catholic. He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1940, in the late 40s, he performed in Chicago-area summer stock theaters with actors such as Alan Furlan. Following his service in the United States Navy in World War II, he returned to Chicago working as an actor, in New York he studied singing with Ray Smolover.
He starred in the play, which aired live on January 12,1955. It caused a sensation, and won an Emmy for its writer and he played the role of role of John Malcolm Patterson, future Attorney General of Alabama, in the 1955 film The Phenix City Story. He won Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for Redhead, in 1959, Kiley had gone on record as saying that he had grown tired of the regular leading man role but was always grateful for having been given the chance to play it. Kiley won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his work in television and he won both an Emmy and Golden Globe awards for The Thorn Birds and A Year in the Life. His third Emmy win was for Guest Actor in a Drama Series and he narrated the award-winning seven-part 1986 PBS documentary Planet Earth. Kiley often narrated documentaries on PBS and other TV channels, in Jurassic Park, Kileys voice is used to narrate the parks vehicle tour. Visitors to Universals Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida, in 1993, Christian filmmakers set out to make a Jesus film which would be a Word-for-Word of the Gospel.
Kiley was chosen to do a narration style film as the Apostle Matthew in his latter days and he is seen doing many flashbacks as Matthew in the days when Jesus walked the Earth. From 1994 until 1998, Kiley narrated the A&E documentary television series Mysteries of the Bible and his final acting role was in the 1999 TV movie Blue Moon, which debuted the month after his death. Kiley died of a bone marrow disease in Warwick, New York, on March 5,1999. He was survived by his wife and six children, sons David and Michael Kiley and his remains were interred in Warwick
John Aubrey FRS, was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He is perhaps best known as the author of the Brief Lives and he was a pioneer archaeologist, who recorded numerous megalithic and other field monuments in southern England, and who is particularly noted as the discoverer of the Avebury henge monument. The Aubrey holes at Stonehenge are named after him, although there is doubt as to whether the holes that he observed are those that currently bear the name. He was a pioneer folklorist, collecting together a miscellany of material on customs, traditions and he set out to compile county histories of both Wiltshire and Surrey, although both projects remained unfinished. His Interpretation of Villare Anglicanum was the first attempt to compile a full-length study of English place-names and he had wider interests in applied mathematics and astronomy, and was friendly with many of the greatest scientists of the day. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, thanks largely to the popularity of Brief Lives, Aubrey was regarded as more than an entertaining but quirky, eccentric.
Only in the 1970s did the full breadth and innovation of his begin to be more widely appreciated. He published little in his lifetime, and many of his most important manuscripts remain unpublished, or published only in partial and unsatisfactory form. Aubrey was born at Easton Piers or Percy, near Kington St Michael, Wiltshire, to a long-established and his grandfather, Isaac Lyte, lived at Lytes Cary Manor, now owned by the National Trust. Richard Aubrey, his father, owned lands in Wiltshire and Herefordshire, for many years an only child, he was educated at home with a private tutor, he was melancholy in his solitude. His father was not intellectual, preferring field sports to learning, Aubrey read such books as came his way, including Bacons Essays, and studied geometry in secret. He was educated at the Malmesbury grammar school under Robert Latimer and he studied at the grammar school at Blandford Forum, Dorset. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, in 1642, but his studies were interrupted by the English Civil War and his earliest antiquarian work dates from this period in Oxford.
In 1646 he became a student of the Middle Temple and he spent a pleasant time at Trinity in 1647, making friends among his Oxford contemporaries, and collecting books. He was to show Avebury to Charles II at the Kings request in 1663 and his father died in 1652, leaving Aubrey large estates, but with them some complicated debts. He claimed that his memory was not tenacious by 17th-century standards, but from the early 1640s he kept notes of observations in natural philosophy, his friends ideas. He began to write Lives of scientists in the 1650s, in 1659 he was recruited to contribute to a collaborative county history of Wiltshire, leading to his unfinished collections on the antiquities and the natural history of the county. His erstwhile friend and fellow-antiquary Anthony Wood predicted that he would one day break his neck while running downstairs in haste to interview some retreating guest or other and he drank the Kings health in Interregnum Herefordshire, but with equal enthusiasm attended meetings in London of the republican Rota Club
Frederick Hubbard Fred Gwynne was an American actor. Gwynne was best known for his roles in the 1960s sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You. and The Munsters, as well as his roles in The Cotton Club, Pet Sematary. Gwynne was born on July 10,1926, in New York City, son of Frederick Walker Gwynne, a partner in the securities firm Gwynne Brothers, and his wife, Dorothy. His paternal grandfather was an Episcopal priest born in Camus, near Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Gwynne attended the Groton School, and entered Harvard College where he was affiliated with Adams House. Although Gwynne grew up in Tuxedo Park, New York, he spent most of his childhood in South Carolina and Colorado because his father traveled extensively. At Harvard, he was a member of the Fly Club, sang with the a group the Harvard Krokodiloes, was a cartoonist for the Harvard Lampoon. During World War II, Gwynne served in the United States Navy and he studied art under the G. I. Gwynne joined the Brattle Theatre Repertory Company after graduation, moved to New York City, in 1954 he made his first cinematic appearance playing - in an uncredited role - the laconic character Slim in the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront opposite Marlon Brando and Lee J.
Cobb. Shortly afterwards Phil Silvers sought him out for his television show because he had been impressed by Gwynnes comedic work in Mrs. McThing, who seeks prize money by entering Honnergar in an eating contest. During the two-season run of the program he met friend and co-star. Gwynne was 6 ft 5 in tall, an attribute that contributed to his being cast as Herman Munster, for his role he had to wear 40 or 50 lbs of padding, and 4-inch asphalt-spreader boots. His face was painted a bright violet because it captured the most light on the black-and-white film, Gwynne was known for his sense of humor and retained fond recollections of Herman, saying in life. I might as well tell you the truth, much as I try not to, I cant stop liking that fellow. After his iconic role in The Munsters, he found himself typecast, in 1969, he was cast as Jonathan Brewster in a television production of Arsenic and Old Lace. A talented vocalist, Gwynne sang in a Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-television production, The Littlest Angel, and went on to perform in a variety of roles on stage and screen.
In 1974, drawing upon his own Southern roots, he appeared in the role of Big Daddy Pollitt in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Ashley, Keir Dullea and Kate Reid. In 1975 he played the Stage Manager in Our Town at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and he returned to Broadway in 1976 as Colonel J. C. Kinkaid in two parts of A Texas Trilogy, in 1984, he tried out for the part of Henry on the show Punky Brewster