Freddie Prinze

The most exciting young comedian of his time and a true pioneer for Latino entertainers, Freddie Prinze was also a man plagued by insecurities and demons which ultimately led to his tragic death at the age of 22 ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1954 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (4)

Chico and the Man 1973 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The First 50 Years 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flip Wilson Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Million Dollar Rip-Off (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The most exciting young comedian of his time and a true pioneer for Latino entertainers, Freddie Prinze was also a man plagued by insecurities and demons which ultimately led to his tragic death at the age of 22. Inspired by his idols Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor, Prinze dropped out of New York City's famed High School of Performing Arts in order to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Prinze's hip, observational humor, combined with his good looks and easy charm, quickly brought him to the attention of talent scouts and casting directors. His breakthrough came with a 1973 appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992). One year later, a starring role opposite veteran actor Jack Albertson on the sitcom "Chico and the Man" (NBC, 1974-77) made the comic a superstar and the show an instant ratings hit. Seemingly overnight, Prinze was one of the biggest stars on television. The title of his 1975 comedy album Looking Good had become a ubiquitous catchphrase across the country and he commanded hundreds of thousands of dollars for his Las Vegas appearances. Sadly, a life-long battle with depression, fueled by heavy drug use and exacerbated by the breakup of his recent marriage, ended with the young star's death due to a self-inflicted gunshot to the head in 1977. Although his life and career were cut horribly short, Prinze's legacy was assured, not only for his impact on American entertainment, but also with his son, actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Relationships

Freddie Prinze Jr. Actor

Son
Born March 8, 1976; mother, Kathy Prinze; starred in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) and "She's All That" (1999)

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