Butch Patrick's Life after Playing Child Werewolf Eddie Munster in 'The Munsters'

Ra'eesah Manack
Jan 10, 2020
02:10 P.M.
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Butch Patrick is most famous as a former child actor. He started his professional acting career at the age of seven and landed the popular role of child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series "The Munsters" from 1964 to 1966.


He reprised the role in the 1966 feature film "Munster." He went on to appear in movies like "Go Home" and the series "Lidsville" from 1971 to 1973.

However, none of his roles earned him the same level of fame as "The Munsters." Here is a look at his life from landing the role in the show to after the series ended.

Butch Patrick attends the 2019 New Jersey Horror Con And Film Festival at Showboat Atlantic City | Getty Images


Landing the Role in "The Munsters"

While living in Illinois with his grandmother, Butch flew to Los Angeles to test for the role of Eddie Munster at CBS Studios. He recalls the experience saying:

“I went in and an hour later I came out with the job.”

Butch Patrick attends the 2013 Chiller Theatre Expo at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel | Getty Images


After landing the role, Patrick opened up about why he thought he landed the role. In one interview he said:

"I had a lot of experience. But maybe it was because my fangs were my own teeth. My teeth were so bad, that even when I closed my mouth they stuck out. I was about a head smaller than the other kids, and they liked that because it played off Herman's height."

Butch Patrick attends the 2016 Chiller Theater Expo at Parsippany Hilton | Getty Images


After the Show

He landed the role and appeared on the show for two years. At the time he was also a regular on “The Real McCoys”, “General Hospital” and “My Three Sons.” 

He also made appearances in numerous commercials and guest spots in comedies throughout the sixties. In 1971 Butch went on to star in the series, “Lidsville” opposite Charles Nelson Reilly.

Butch Patrick attends Day 1 of the Chiller Theatre Expo at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel | Getty Images


Leaving the Industry

The show ended in 1973 and turned Patrick into the teen-idol. As a result, he appeared on the covers of several teen magazines in the early 1970s.

After the show ended, however, Butch decided to take a different route. He quit show business and decided instead “to grow up.”

Butch Patrick attends the 2014 Monkee Official Convention at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel | Getty Images


The star revealed that he decided to leave the industry because he wanted to take time to experience the world around him. He said:

“Because my first twenty years were spent working in an adult world. I made up for it by being a hell-raiser for the next ten years”.

Butch Patrick attends the 2014 Monkee Official Convention at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel | Getty Images


Experimenting with Music

However, shortly after leaving the industry, Butch ran into financial issues. He began working odd jobs around the country and formed his own band, "Eddie and the Monsters."

They created a single, "Whatever Happened to Eddie?" which brought him some notoriety. The single led to MTV creating the 1983 show "Basement Tapes" to give unsigned bands exposure.

Actor Butch Patrick and sister attend The Hollywood Show held at Westin LAX Hotel | Getty Images


Return to Acting

He recorded a second single called "It's Only Halloween." It was released by Park Lane Drive Records in 2007.

In addition to his music, Patrick returned to occasional film and television work. He made a cameo appearance on episodes of "The Simpsons," the 2003 comedy film "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" and a Little Caesars Pizza commercial.

Butch Patrick attends the David T. Jones Memorial / Monkees Convention 2013 | Getty Images

In 2002, Patrick co-hosted Macabre Theatre with Natalie Popovich. He also made a cameo appearance in 2005 in the retro-horror film "Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove."

In May 2011, Patrick revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer but assured fans that it was detected early. In 2016, he married Leila Murray in Macon, Missouri.