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date: 16 December 2019

Prinze, Freddielocked

(22 June 1954–29 January 1977)
  • Michael Abbott

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Prinze, Freddie (22 June 1954–29 January 1977), comedian and television actor, was born in New York City, the son of Karl Pruetzel, a partly Jewish Hungarian-born tool and die maker, and Maria (maiden name unknown), a devout Catholic Puerto Rican who spoke little English. Later referring to his parentage, Prinze called himself “a Hungarican.” He was raised on West 157th Street in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, where his father enrolled him in a Lutheran elementary school. His mother enrolled him in a ballet class, and at age sixteen he attended the High School of Performing Arts....

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