Freddie Prinze Biography
(American Actor and Stand-up Comedian Known for His TV Sitcom ‘Chico and the Man’)
Birthday: June 22, 1954 (Cancer)
Born In: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States
Freddie Prinze was a famous American stand-up comedian and actor who had everything going for him at the age of 22, when he suddenly committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He is best known for the ‘NBC’ TV serial ‘Chico and the Man,’ where he played the part of ‘Francisco “Chico” Rodriguez.’ He married Katherine Elaine Cochran, and they had a son, Freddie Prinze Jr. However, he often suffered from depression. He was addicted to drugs, and his condition worsened after his wife filed for divorce. He was known as a “Hungarican” (part Hungarian and part Puerto Rican) performer and changed his stage name to “Prinze” to proclaim himself as the “Prince” of comedy. At the age of 19, he became the youngest comedian to be invited to a sit-down chat with Carson on his show, ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.’ Freddie Prinze made his only appearance in TV films with the lead role in ‘The Million Dollar Rip Off’ on ‘NBC.’ He received a “star” on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ after his death, and his body was finally put to rest at the ‘Forest Lawn Memorial Park.’ His legacy in Hollywood is being carried forward by his son Freddie Prinze Jr., who is a well-known American actor.