Dwight Frye was born on February 21 1899 in Salina Kansas. As an actor he is most remembered for portraying mentally unbalanced characters, Frye’s most notable roles were Renfield in Todd Browning's1931 version of Dracula and as Fritz, the hunchbacked assistant of Dr. Henry Frankenstein in James Whale's Frankenstein (1931). He would later reprise his role as Fritz in the Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Frye also performed on both screen and stage and a variety of productions including musicals and comedies, he also-appeared in a stage production of Dracula. During World War II Frye helped contribute to the war effort by. Frye had been chosen to play Newton D Baker the former Secretary of War in the film Wilson, which was to be a biographical film based on the life of US President Woodrow Wilson. It was said that Frye had been chosen for the part due to his resemblance to the Baker. Tragically, however on November 7, 1943, a few days before filming was to begin Frye died of a heart attack while riding on a bus in Hollywood.
Dwight Frye as Fritz. Frankenstein (1931). Universal Pictures