Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick (born Patrick Alan Lilley; August 2, 1953) is an American actor and musician. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of seven, Patrick is perhaps best known for his role as child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966 and in the 1966 feature film Munster, Go Home!, and as Mark on the ABC Saturday morning series Lidsville from 1971 to 1973.

Butch Patrick
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Patrick at the July 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born
Patrick Alan Lilley

(1953-08-02) August 2, 1953 (age 68)
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active1961–present
The Munsters cast

Life and careerEdit

Patrick Alan Lilley was born on August 2, 1953,[1][2][3] in Inglewood, California. He was spotted by a talent agent at the age of seven, which led to a series of appearances in television commercials and guest appearances on TV shows. In 1961 he made his feature-film debut[2] in the 20th Century Fox comedy–fantasy The Two Little Bears, in which he co-starred with Eddie Albert and Jane Wyatt.[2][4]

Over the next two years, Patrick went on to appear in guest-starring roles on numerous television series, including Ben Casey, Alcoa Premiere, Bonanza, My Favorite Martian, Mister Ed, and Rawhide and recurring roles on The Real McCoys and General Hospital.[5][6][7][8] These roles would have him appear opposite headliners including Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, and Sidney Poitier.[2]

When recounting how he began his acting career, Patrick explained "I owe my career to my sister. She was the one who got me started and gave me all the encouragement. She always wanted to be an actress and was on the casting call sheet one day. She was asked if there were any other children at home. She told them about me, and I got some small roles, then some bigger ones..."[5]

In 1964, Patrick landed the role of child werewolf Eddie Munster, starring alongside Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster and Al Lewis as Grandpa, on the CBS television series The Munsters, a fantasy situation comedy loosely based on Universal's movie monsters.[5][8][9] The role of Eddie was originally portrayed by child actor Happy Derman in the pilot episode before Patrick was ultimately selected out of hundreds of boys for the role.[9]

When asked how he landed the role of Eddie, Patrick recalled "I had a lot of experience. But maybe it was because my fangs were my own teeth. My teeth were so bad, that even when I closed my mouth they stuck out. I was about a head smaller than the other kids, and they liked that because it played off Herman's height."[8] Living on the East Coast at the time, Patrick commuted to Los Angeles every week during filming of the series, appearing in 70 episodes during The Munsters' two-season run from 1964 to 1966.[6][10]

In an April 2017 interview, when asked if he recalled his TV mother (Yvonne De Carlo) hiding tiny portions of dialogue around the set, attaching them to props to help jog her memory, so the dialogue could be added to her performance: "No, not in The Munsters she wasn't doing that. Maybe later in life. Because sometimes your memory starts slipping on you. But that's a great idea, actually! I'll have to remember that!".[11]

He also was asked if he had kept in touch with his on-screen family after The Munsters was canceled, especially De Carlo, who died on January 8, 2007. He replied, "No, after the show ended, everyone went their own ways. But in the early '80s, I contacted Al Lewis and we became friends and I started attaching myself to the Munster name and brand. And then 10 years after that I started talking to Yvonne. I was actually a guest on The Vicki Lawrence Show where I was this surprise guest brought out for Yvonne and after that we became friends. I started visiting her and she was somewhat of a recluse, living in North Los Angeles and I introduced her to this guy in Hollywood who would send her care packages, movies to watch and sort of get her back in the loop of Hollywood."[11]

After The Munsters ended, Patrick continued to appear in guest-starring roles on various popular television series of the 1960s, including I Dream of Jeannie, Death Valley Days, Gunsmoke, The Monkees, Daniel Boone, and Adam-12, as well as a recurring role as Gordon Dearing on the CBS family comedy series My Three Sons.[5][8] During this time, Patrick also appeared in several Walt Disney films, including Way Down Cellar, The Young Loner and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, as well as portraying the role of Milo in the 1970 MGM live-action/animated film The Phantom Tollbooth.[5][8]

 
Patrick as Mark with the hats in Lidsville, 1971

In 1971, Patrick landed the starring role on Sid and Marty Krofft's Saturday morning children's program Lidsville, broadcast on ABC.[10][12] In the psychedelic fantasy series, Patrick portrayed Mark, a boy lost in a strange land of walking, talking, singing hats, opposite veteran character actors Charles Nelson Reilly and Billie Hayes.[9][13] The show was in production from 1971 to 1973.[13]

In 1975, Patrick left acting to work for his father and began to learn to play the bass guitar.[9][14] In 1983, he recorded the song, "Whatever Happened To Eddie?" (b/w "Little Monsters"), with several instrumentalists and backup singers under the group name "Eddie and the Monsters."[6][8][14] Set to the tune of the Munsters theme, the song details his life as a Munster. ("You might wonder why I have a dragon for a pet—well, he's just there to keep me company on the set.")[6][8][14] He recorded a second single, "It's Only Halloween", which was released on Park Lane Drive Records in 2007.[15][self-published source]

In addition to his music, Patrick returned to occasional film and television work, including making cameo appearances as "Himself" on episodes of the Fox animated television series The Simpsons and the 2003 comedy film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, as well as appearing as a grown-up Eddie Munster in a Little Caesars Pizza commercial.[3][9][10]

In 2002, Patrick co-hosted Macabre Theatre with Natalie Popovich aka "Ivonna Cadaver". That same year he also appeared in the first episode of the E! Network celebrity dating reality television show Star Dates.

Patrick made a cameo appearance in the 2005 retro-horror film Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove, directed by William Winckler, playing a man who had become a werewolf, speaking a line of dialogue in comical reference to The Munsters.[16] Butch Patrick (Yo Ho) also appeared in several episodes of "My Three Sons" as a teenage friend of Barry Livingston's character Ernie Douglas from 1970-1971.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Today's birthdays". Youngstown Vindicator. August 2, 2008. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Butch Patrick". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Munster actor involved in crash". Portsmouth Daily Times. July 4, 1996. p. B5.
  4. ^ "Sunday Matinee – The Two Little Bears". The Hinton News. December 21, 1961. p. 2.
  5. ^ a b c d e Howard Pearson (February 24, 1968). "Butch Patrick Owes Career To Sister". The Deseret News.
  6. ^ a b c d Kathy Naab (February 26, 1989). "You Asked… Tell Me…". The Milwaukee Journal.
  7. ^ "Janice Rule stars with Butch Patrick". The Evening Independent. March 28, 1963.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Jerry Resler (October 28, 1983). "Being a little 'Munster' wasn't so horrible". The Milwaukee Sentinel.
  9. ^ a b c d e Mark Rahner (August 31, 2004). ""Eddie Munster" looks back". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2007-12-24.
  10. ^ a b c "Eddie cashes in on the Munsters". The Calgary Herald. July 5, 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-06-08.
  11. ^ a b "Interview: Butch Patrick Remembers The Munsters". ComingSoon.net. April 21, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Was With Spooks – Butch Patrick". Lewiston Morning Tribune. September 19, 1971.
  13. ^ a b Dave Itzkoff (February 27, 2005). "How Do You Top 'H.R. Pufnstuf?'". The New York Times.
  14. ^ a b c Divina Infusino (October 28, 1983). "A Munster turns to rock". The Milwaukee Journal.
  15. ^ Bullock, Darryl (19 April 2009). "The World's Worst Records: Whatever Happened to Eddie?". Worldsworstrecords.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  16. ^ "House of Horrors - Horror News Now!!!!". www.houseofhorrors.com.

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