Thursday, November 13, 2008

Butch Patrick Was No Monster

He was the only child of Herman and Lily Munster. He lived on Mockingbird Lane and slept in a coffin. He was Eddie Munster. Okay, he is Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster. Although the Munsters only ran for 2 years, Eddie Munster is the role for which Patrick is mainly remembered.
Patrick appeared on several other shows in the 60's and 70's, including Lidsville, one of my all-time favorites from my youth. With Patrick and Charles Nelson Reilly, how could you go wrong?
I met Patrick at the HCS years ago. Like many child stars, Patrick had some turbulence in his life, but appears to be a very normal guy now. He appreciates his fans and acknowledges his famous role for what it was. He doesn't hide from it, but he realizes it wasn't Shakespeare.
Like many stars from his era, he receives no royalties from the popular show. At least he does seem to make a comfortable living from appearances based on the role.

Butch Patrick and me at the HCS in Rosemont, IL-late 1990's.

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