Patrick Alan Lilley, better known as Butch Patrick in the show business, is an American actor. He became famous as a child actor after he appeared as a werewolf named ‘Eddie Munster’ in the CBS comedy series ‘The Munsters’. Later, Patrick appeared in the film adaptation, ‘Munster, Go Home!’, of the television series with the same role. He was named among the top 100 greatest kid stars of all time by VH1. Patrick also appeared in the television show ‘Lidsville’ in the early 1970s. During his almost six-decade-long acting career, Butch Patrick has appeared in around sixty television shows and films put together. However, the majority of his appearances on television and films came as supporting roles or guest appearances. According to Patrick, actress Yvonne De Carlo made a huge impact in his personal as well as professional life since he worked alongside her in the show ‘The Munsters’. She not only helped him in his acting career but also provided support in his personal life as a mentor and friend.
Butch Patrick was spotted by a talent agent when he was out for a photoshoot as a kid. He immediately started getting offers in commercial advertisements for different brands. Within a few months, Patrick got roles on television and made his debut in 1961 with a small role in the series ‘The Detectives’. His next appearance came in the film ‘The Two Little Bears’ as ‘Billy Davis’. Over the next few years, Butch Patrick made guest appearances in a number of television shows like ‘Ben Casey’, ‘Alcoa Premiere’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘General Hospital’, ‘Death Valley Days’, and ‘My Favorite Martian’. In 1963, he received the role of ‘Greg Howard’ in the comedy series ‘The Real McCoys’. Patrick appeared in seven episodes in the penultimate season of the show. He also appeared in the comedy-drama series ‘My Three Sons’ as ‘Gordon Dearing / Elmore Crocker’.
In 1964, Patrick was chosen for a role which would later define his career. He was picked for the role of ‘Eddie Munster,’ a werewolf and the only child of the lead characters Herman and Lily Munster, in the television series ‘The Munsters’. Patrick appeared after the pilot episode in which the role of ‘Eddie Munster’ was played by Happy Derman. The show featured Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Beverley Owen, and Pat Priest. His performance in the show became popular among the audience and he started to attach himself with his on-screen identity. Patrick became very close to Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis from the show, with the latter becoming one of his better friends. After his successful tenure in the show, Patrick got offers to play small roles on television as well as in films. He appeared in the comedy-drama series ‘Lidsville’ as ‘Mark’ and later appeared in ‘Macabre Theatre’ with the recurring role of ‘Eddie Munster’. Since 2003, Patrick has appeared in many films like ‘Kitaro's Graveyard Gang’, ‘It Came from Trafalgar’, ‘Young Blood: Evil Intentions’, and ‘Zombie Dream’.
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Family & Personal Life
Patrick Alan Lilley was born on August 2, 1953, in Los Angeles, California. He had a sister who wanted to become an actress and got him roles as a child actor in one of the shows she was working in.
Patrick was once in a relationship with Donna McCall, a long-term fan of the show ‘The Munsters’. However, the couple didn’t get married as they planned due to unknown reasons.
Patrick was charged with violence and robbing a limousine driver in Illinois, on November 2, 1990. However, he denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. A year later, he was charged separately by another passenger from the same car and two witnesses from a gasoline station testified against Patrick and told the court that Butch Patrick had indeed kicked and punched the limousine driver and took around $140. Patrick was charged with aggravated battery but was acquitted of the robbery charges. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, a $200 fine and a further $850 to the limousine driver for damages. He was also ordered to undergo a rehabilitation program suggested by the county's probation department.
Butch Patrick was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011; however, due to the early detection of the disease, the actor recovered with time. Currently, Butch Patrick is married to Leila Murray, whom he wed in 2016.