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Dwight Frye

Dwight Frye

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  • Dwight Frye, a Treasure of an Actor

    • ShepherdMoon
    • 2008-09-07

    Dwight Frye was a most wonderful and talented actor;able to take on so many different roles with relative ease and make them completely convincing. His acting quality was so genuine, something you don't see much of these days. He was also a very handsome actor. It is too bad that he was not given romantic roles to play, he probably would have had the ladies swooning in the aisles given the chance.

  • Dwight Frye Was a Genius

    • MadamRenfield
    • 2008-07-13

    Despite his distressingly short life, Dwight Frye was a talented and versatile but unfortunately underused actor. Like the great Peter Lorre, it seems that Hollywood didn't know how to best capitalise on Mr. Frye's talents, which resulted in his being painfully typecast as "crazies" and "hunchbacked assistants." While most people know his performances from Dracula and Frankenstein (as Renfield and as Frankenstein's assistant, respectively) Frye did so much more. He was able to play any number of characters with convincing ease, a veritable chameleon of an actor who could appear tall or short, steely or mincing, sadly insane or a cold-hearted killer. His early death at age 44 - sadly on the cusp of a devastatingly brilliant comeback - marks his as one of the more tragic Hollywood stories. By all laws of fame and cinema,Frye should have faded into obscurity except for one very important thing: the brilliance of his performances, which assured his immortality. He was a genius of stage and cinema and deserves to be remembered for first of all his talent but ultimately for his great humanity.

  • Versatile and underrated.

    • Gabrielle
    • 2008-07-13

    Dwight Frye was an amazing actor and person. His talents ranged from playing classical piano, to singing, to dancing, to acting and to painting. Despite facing type-casting and financial difficulty he continued to pursue his dream while supporting his wife, son and mother. A class act across the board!

  • Talented, versatile character actor

    • Jennifer
    • 2008-07-13

    Dwight Frye was a remnant of Broadway, where one's acting had to outshine even the limits of the stage and wow people at the back of the audience. He never lost that grandiose touch, even while making pictures. He was a handsome actor with a wide acting range and, as many talented actors who can play horror well, was continuously asked to portray those roles despite his ability to play lovers, comedians and heroes equally well. In personal life, he was a quiet, religious family man who kept himself sheltered from the seedier side of Hollywood. It's a pity that more movies featuring his non-horror roles are not available for purchase, since a man of his talents deserves to be featured properly, and fairly. He was one of the best character actors Hollywood ever worked with.

  • Wonderful and weird

    • Oliver Cutshaw
    • 2007-11-26

    Marvelous and unique character actor. His performance in the 1931 Frankenstein is legendary. Even though most of his parts were brief, he always added something special to each picture. He had an spooky voice, bug eyes, and the ability to play kooks and crazies with the best of them.

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