Look at his eyes! Why, the man's gone crazy
If God is good, I will be able to play comedy, in which I was featured on Broadway for eight seasons and in which no producer of motion pictures will give me a chance! And please God, may it be before I go screwy playing idiots, half-wits and lunatics on the talking screen!
Dwight Frye (1899-1943) was an American actor remembered mostly for his appearances in the classic Universal Horror
, Frankenstein 1931
, and Bride of Frankenstein
— in which he codified
both The Igor
and The Renfield
Frye had an extensive and varied stage career (including a part in the first American production of Six Characters In Search Of An Author
), but his hot eyes and earnest delivery were a bit overpowering on film; Hollywood cast him mostly as pathetic nutcases
. His untimely death by heart attack came just after he had signed on for a prominent "straight" role, as Woodrow Wilson
's Secretary of State in a biopic about the former President.
Inspired an Alice Cooper song
: "The Ballad of Dwight Fry [sic]."