Appeared in "The Pursuit of Happiness" in Los Angeles, CA.
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[in the 1930s, regarding his typecasting] If God is good, I will be able to play comedy, in which I was featured on Broadway for eight seasons and in which no producer of motion pictures will give me a chance! And please God, may it be before I go screwy playing idiots, half-wits and lunatics on the talking screen!
Has twice been paid homage to in Marvel TV series. In The Incredible Hulk
(1977) two-part episode "The First" Harry Townes
played a character named Dell Frye in one of the episode's numerous tributes to the Universal Frankenstein series. In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
(2013) episode "Devils You Know," Chad Lindberg
played a character named Dwight Frye who was based on Dracula's Renfield.
Often portrayed deeply mentally disturbed individuals or ones with excessive oddities