inktober 2021: week 5

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Inktober 2021 comes to a close and the final subject is Dwight Frye.

Dwight Frye packed nearly 70 screen credits into a career that spanned almost half a century. He is best remembered for tow roles in classic horror films — both released in 1931. Dwight played the sadistic assistant “Fritz” in the original Frankenstein. He also played the crazed, insect-eating “Renfield” in the original Dracula.

Just a few days before filming was to beginning on a biopic of President Woodrow Wilson, Dwight (who was slated to play the title role) suffered a fatal heart attack on a Hollywood city bus. He was 44 years old.

Alice Cooper paid tribute to Dwight on his 1971 album Love It to Death with the song “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” — the final “E” purposely left off.



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