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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NamePatrick Alan Lilley
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

In 1960, a young 7-year-old named Patrick Lilley went on an Amos Carr photo shoot with his little sister. She was the subject but it was "Butch's" head shot that would wind up in the Hollywood Blvd. window! Utilizing his nickname and real first name, his agent Mary Grady and his mom Patti created the stage name, Butch Patrick, which he still uses 50 plus years later. Butch started out, quick, with landing his first three auditions. First was a very cool B movie, starring Eddie Albert and Jane Wyatt, called The Two Little Bears (1961). Also starring Soupy Sales and a 15-year-old Brenda Lee! A series came next in the form of GH. That's right, General Hospital (1963)'s first year had Butch mixing with John Beradino. To round out the group, a Kellogg's award-winning Corn Flakes commercial. Butch continually worked in the early 60s on the most popular TV programs of the time: Mister Ed (1958), My Favorite Martian (1963), The Untouchables (1959), The Detectives (1959), Ben Casey (1961), Rawhide (1959), Gunsmoke (1955), Bonanza (1959) and many, many more. A second series came his way with the reboot of the classic The Real McCoys (1957). Working with Oscar winner Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna was a huge treat for Butch. All this time, he was working in over 20 commercials and a dozen movies. Starring the likes of Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Jo Van Fleet, Sal Mineo, Don Murray, Edward G. Robinson, to name a few. Now, we enter to 1964. The Beatles are all the rage and Butch gets a call to fly from Illinois and go to CBS Studio Center for a screen test. Very hush hush as they have a part in mind for him. It will become a life-changing day for sure!! His screen test is with the famous movie star Yvonne De Carlo and his character is "Edward Wolfgang Munster". From that day on, Butch would always be known, worldwide, as the iconic TV character, "Eddie Munster". The third series for Butch was the charm for sure. The Munsters (1964) are still one of the most popular series in history. Merchandised still and a huge family favorite, 50 years later! His character's hairline is the most recognizable, ever, and the Munster address is the most famous on TV, bar none. "1313 Mockingbird Lane" still is a favorite trivia question for the masses, worldwide. After a two-year stint, Butch set off to Disney for a few "World of Colors". The Young Loner (1968), with Edward Andrews and Kim Hunter, was a gem. Way Down Cellar another two part special was shot the same summer. A few features followed and then he became a semi-regular on My Three Sons (1960), doing 10 episodes. In between, Butch was busy with Adam 12's, the pilot episode of Marcus Welby M.D. Ironside, more westerns and movies too. In the summer of 1969, Butch left the country to film in Brazil for three months. A feature based on an award-winning novel, The Sandpit Generals (1971). Then, in 1971, Sid Krofft took Butch to lunch and convinced him to star in their new show for Sid and Marty's World Lidsville. He worked with Charles Nelson Reilly and Billie Hayes of Puf n Stuff fame. What a trip that summer turned out to be. Afterwards, Metromedia Records signed Butch to a contract and American Bandstand and the Dating Game were the new high-profile shows Butch was seen on. Not to mention the teen heartthrob tears from 1971 to 1973. After Butch turned 19, he decided this career really wasn't he yearned for and left Hollywood to drive fast cars and catch up on his surfing. In 1983, with MTV on the air, Butch formed a band, "Eddie and the Monsters", on Rocshire records and aired a video on the upstart cable powerhouse. They were actually the first unsigned act ever to be seen. This led to the show the basement tapes that led to the discovery of many new unsigned bands with videos. So there you have his older accomplishments. Today, Butch receives scripts and works the indie movie circuit, giving back to the industry that served him well. He's a cancer survivor and works with people with addiction issues, as well. He had his own issues with his life and, after 40 years of alcohol and drug abuse, he's been clean and sober nearly 3 1/2 years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jamie Vogel

Spouse (1)

Leila Murray (10 September 2016 - present)

Trivia (24)

His stepfather is former pro baseball player Ken Hunt.
Has a half-sister named Kerry Lynn Sprick (formerly Kerry Lynn Hunt).
Formed a band called "Eddie and the Monsters" in 1983 and got a mild hit off the novelty song "What Ever Happened to Eddie?" The video got some airplay and was the instigator for MTV's "The BasementTapes," which was a showcase for unsigned bands.
Once played himself on an episode of The Simpsons (1989).
Usually booked solid for Halloween parties and events due to his association with The Munsters (1964).
Ranked #45 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
On Aug. 4-5, 2007, he attended the Twilight Zone Convention at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
Best known by the public for his role as Eddie Munster on The Munsters (1964).
On Nov. 24, 2010, he suffered a near-fatal drug overdose days after walking out of a rehabilitation center in New Jerse. He had checked in to overcome his cocaine addiction and recover from the break-up with his fiancé, Donna McCall, a former NFL cheerleader with whom he had moved to New Jersey.
His agent is Jodi Ritzen.
His acting mentors were the late Yvonne De Carlo and the late Charles Nelson Reilly.
As of 2000he was living in Odessa, FL, with his girlfriend Pamm Curtis. He owns a promotions company and appears at nostalgia conventions.
As of May 2004 he was co-hosting "Macabre Theatre". www.macabretheatre.com.
As of February 2008 he was living in Long Island, NY. He completed a biography with writer Helen Darras. The book, published in early 2008, details his first 25 years in Hollywood and is entitled "Eddie Munster AKA Butch Patrick".
As of May 2004 was living in Gardena, CA. He owns a promotions company and appears at nostalgia conventions.
Before Yvonne De Carlo's death, he was her caregiver.
His acting mentor and series lead, Yvonne De Carlo, died on January 8, 2007, at age 84.
Revealed that he had a wonderful relationship with Yvonne De Carlo on The Munsters (1964).
Surrogate son of Yvonne De Carlo.
Credits Yvonne De Carlo as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Footage of him from The Munsters (1964) is shown in Primary Colors (1998) as John Travolta's character channel-surfs and complains about the poor television reception in their motel room.
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Yvonne De Carlo.
Actress/dancer and singer [Yvonne De Carlo] took him under her wing, since he was 11.
As an unfamiliar actor, he had been mentored in the business by actress/dancer Yvonne DeCarlo. His first television exposure with DeCarlo was a co-starring role opposite her in The Munsters (1964) series. Patrick played DeCarlo's son, Eddie Munster, for all the 71 episodes.

Personal Quotes (10)

I straightened my own life out in my own time. Maybe I should have gone to rehab, but I didn't. A little man inside me said it was time to get my life in order.
[on making $600 a week at Universal Studios] They put makeup on me, and that was the character. I used the back lot as my private little entertainment center.
[on working on the Donna Douglas project] Believe it or not. I've had a hard time developing financing.
Most of my memories weren't really while filming, but running around the back lot, going to the laboratory, where they were making all of the monsters for the other movies, in the makeup department, and the special effects department. That's what I enjoyed.
[on Yvonne De Carlo, who was the last-minute replacement to play Lily Munster] I have to interject something here. I never really thought about this, but can you imagine the difference of The Munsters (1964) opening clip with Fred Gwynne as "Herman Munster" and then Joan Marshall as "Phoebe"? It doesn't have the same impact as Yvonne De Carlo as "Lily". I mean, they really got a good punch with Yvonne De Carlo. I was just sort of substituting for the other kid and I did a pretty good job, but I think that the real slip in the last-minute crew was getting Yvonne De Carlo, major screen star, to play television.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo While they were alive, we saw each other and it was always fun. We certainly had a good time when we worked together.
[on Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo] They aren't just wonderful people, but they were really good actors and actresses, but they were nice people, as well, they made it fun to go to work with. And being the only kid, having the producers from Leave It to Beaver (1957), prior to that. It was a kid-friendly show.
[on Yvonne De Carlo] Yvonne De Carlo had a husband who was a stuntman who was hurt, very, very badly [doing a stunt in] How The West Was Won (1962). His name was Bob Morgan. When that happened, [she] dropped into television, because she did The Ten Commandments (1956), she [worked for] Cecil B. DeMille, and when she did "The Munsters" (1965) it was really a step down for her, because she was a movie star. The movie stars didn't do television back then, so she had to become the breadwinner for her household, because her husband was hurt; and I thought she was a very strong woman to do that and she had her hands full [with] these two guys from New York, as they were practical jokers and pranksters. I think the fact that she was a movie star they took great fun in trying to annoy her. But she held her own and [ . . . ] became a strong matriarch of the family; and I think the fact that she was up, against the seven-foot-tall Frankenstein--6'3", Jewish, drafted in cigars--and held her own, so there was a lot about her character.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Yvonne De Carlo Yvonne would be a maternal influence. She'd be a mom because my mom wasn't around, so she'd be a matriarch, not only on the show but when I'd see her outside of the makeup on Mondays and Tuesdays. Once in a while, she'd bring her kids down to the set.
[about Yvonne De Carlo's popularity in The Munsters (1964)] Yvonne was great, she was a very strong woman . . . I mean, she was a major movie star, she had literally been dating Howard Hughes and [Egyptian King Farouk] and Alu Khan and Chabi Ran and was gorgeous. By today's standards she [would be] considered a strong broad, and she was a tough chick; the thing was she held her own on that show and she was a very strong, maternal influence, who held everything together and it was a tough role for her, because back then movie stars weren't doing television. She stepped down into TV and made it her own and made it work and held her own, against two bona fide New York TV actors, who tortured her, who really took great joy in tormenting this "poor woman" for a while, and then they respected her, after they found out that she wasn't going anywhere and she was actually an asset, [because] they didn't think she could do comedy, and she did very well, her looks, and once she established herself, everything was great.

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