The Munsters: Butch Patrick
Butch Patrick still makes a living from CBS’s The Munsters (1964-66), even if his real dream has nothing to do with the famous monster family. Born Patrick Lilley, he quickly squandered his Munster cash and grappled with teenage drug abuse. Over the years, Patrick, 46, has pitched or developed other projects (a rock band called Eddie and the Monsters, limited-edition ‘Wolfie’ dolls, plans for a TV series about a grown-up Eddie). Now he’s developing 1313 Theatre, a series that would combine monster movies with comedy sketches. A self-described ‘dabbler,’ Patrick, who lives with his girlfriend, Pamm Curtis, in Odessa, Florida, owns a promotions company and appears at nostalgia conventions and Halloween events. But his most beloved project has nothing to do with ghouls: He wants to develop a movie about Jack Chrisman, a pioneer in the world of drag racing and, more important, a father figure to the young actor. Patrick now wants to repay the debt by immortalizing his late friend. “It would be all mine,” he says. “Something I’d make from scratch.”
H.R. Pufnstuf: Jack Wild
Pufnstuf. And he’s continued acting long since NBC’s Pufnstuf (1969-71) was shipped off to the 1970s kitsch heap (some episodes were recently released on DVD). The British Wild got his big break at age 15 ” and received an Oscar nomination ” as the Artful Dodger in 1968’s Oliver! “How the hell could I keep that standard up?” asks Wild, now 47, living 50 miles north of London, divorced and in a four-year relationship with British actress Claire Harding. But follow up he did, playing best friend to a large dragon creature in Sid and Marty Krofft’s Saturday-morning series. The role made him a staple of teen magazines, but Wild says he was too busy to notice. “It’s only 25 years later that I’m seeing these lunch boxes,” he says. While he continued acting in England until about 1980, his career collapsed under heavy drinking (although he’s been sober since 1988, alcoholism left him a diabetic). Despite some movie roles (he was a merry man in the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), he mostly acts on stage. In a series being developed for British TV, he would play a gay fascistic chef. “I definitely don’t worry about typecasting anymore,” he says.