Hello, Again: Butch Patrick of ‘The Munsters’ Keeps the Flame

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Halloween’s  just around the corner, so it’s a busy time of year for Butch Patrick, the one-time “The Munsters” son who has now taken on the role of keeper of the flame for the goofy ’60s sitcom that has shown a zombie-like refusal to die — some 44 years after ceasing production.  Patrick, now 57, is making personal appearances at 13 (of course!) commercial haunted houses.  He’s prepping for his own Halloween bash — tickets on sale now — that’ll feature his reunion with former “Munsters” cousin Pat Priest in Pennsauken, New Jersey.  And he’s putting in the good word for the Hallmark Channel’s “Munsters” marathon all day Oct. 31.

“That was a good time in my life,” says Patrick, who as a child divided his time between Hollywood soundstages and various ball parks where his father, major leaguer Ken Hunt (Angels, Cubs, Senators), would play.  His late series parents, Fred Gwynne and Yvonne DeCarlo “were really good people.  It was a nice family,” he says.

Patrick tells us he isn’t interested in going back into acting, but might expand his activities in the marketing realm.  In fact, the former wolf boy reckons he could practically do public appearances full time if he wanted to, there’s still so much “Munsters” love out there.  “You could do the car convention circuit because of the cool cars we had on the show.  Because of all the merchandising, you could do toys and comic books.  You could do horror and sci-fi.”

What he isn’t doing — reports to the contrary — is marrying a long-time “Munsters” fan he met at a convention.  “That actually was a misguided news story.”

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

One thought on “Hello, Again: Butch Patrick of ‘The Munsters’ Keeps the Flame

  1. friend

    the “misguided news story” was one that Butch’s reps gave to the tabloids, knowing it wasn’t true.

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