Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

    Best known for his iconic role as Eddie Munster on “The Munsters” TV show, Butch Patrick began his acting career in 1961, making his feature film debut in the 20th Century Fox comedy-fantasy The Two Little Bears co-starring as Billy, the son of Eddie Albert and Jane Wyatt. 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, and Rawhide as well as recurring roles on The Real McCoys and General Hospital

    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…”

    In 1971, Patrick landed the starring role on the ABC Saturday morning children’s program Lidsville. 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. Created by Sid and Marty Krofft,Lidsville bore similarities to the premise of its predecessor, H.R. Pufnstuf, and lasted two seasons until its end in 1973.

    In 1975, Patrick left acting to work for his father and began to learn to play the bass. 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.” 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.”) He recorded a second single, “It’s Only Halloween”, which was released on Park Lane Drive Records in 2007.

    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.

    Patrick made a cameo 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 dialog in comical reference to The Munsters.