Fred Gwynne is known as Herman Munster in the show The Munsters, which aired from 1964 to 1966. While the series only lasted two seasons, reruns of it still air and captivates audiences to this day. The Munsters premiered during a time of civil unrest, so sitcoms didn't reflect on death, war, or anything racist, especially while being in Vietnam. This would soon prompt a slew of shows that depicted a fantasy-like world with genies, witches, Martians, monsters, etc. "They were unreal and far removed from what was actually happening in our country, and\u00a0The Munsters\u00a0was certainly among the better of them. It was extraordinarily well cast," says Geoffrey Mark, writer and co-director of the 2002 documentary\u00a0Behind the Fame: The Munsters\/Addams Family. Fred Gwynne: A dynamite actor with a life surrounded by tragedy \u201cThe Munsters\u00a0was extraordinarily hard for Fred to do," Geoffrey continues. "He was already 6-foot-5-and-a-half inches and they put him in these buildup shoes in which he could hardly walk. And, of course, makeup that took hours to put on every day. Al Lewis was 6-foot-2, and he\u2019s staring up at Fred, because now he\u2019s so much taller. On top of that, it\u2019s not easy to do comedy without an audience. And then, anytime you play a character like Herman, there\u2019s a boomerang effect. If the show goes well, you won\u2019t be thought of as anything else.\u201d RELATED: \u2018Munsters\u2019 Star Butch Patrick Reacts To \u201960s Herman Munster Scene In 2020 Despite earning a place in pop culture history for his depiction of Herman Munster, Gwynne really did not care to revisit those years throughout his life. Author Stephen Cox talks to Closer Weekly more about this. \u201cWhen I wrote the book\u00a0The Munsters\u00a0back in the 1980s, Gwynne did\u00a0not\u00a0wish to participate. He didn\u2019t want to go back there. I didn\u2019t know it when I\u2019d reached him by phone that he and his wife had a son drown in a pool during those years, but I have a strong feeling he didn\u2019t want to discuss that part of his life. Actually, I was unaware, so I would not have asked him about that anyway. I liked Fred Gwynne and he was kind about asking for a copy of the book, which I certainly obliged \u2014 he responded with some autographed items for me. But he just didn\u2019t want to revisit it, sadly.\u201d In later years, he would have preferred that everyone just forget 'The Munsters' As Gwynne was in the midst of building his career, he married Jean \u201cFoxy\u201d Reynard in 1952 and they had five children together; Gaynor, born 1952; Kieron, born 1954; Evan, born 1956; Madyn, born 1965; and Dylan, born 1962, but who tragically drowned in the family pool less than a year later. Additionally, Kieron suffered a severe brain injury that left him mentally disabled at just the age of 1. It's no wonder he didn't want to revisit those years again. \u201cIt had such a devastating effect on him, but he kept that very much to himself," Geoffrey says. "When he was acting, he acted, but offscreen he was a bereaved parent. Between all of that and how hard he was finding it to get work, he bought a farmhouse in Maryland and retreated into that very private life. I want to say this nicely, but people who are big fans of any person or show, when they hear that their favorite actor has suffered so much, they feel as though their suffering is more important than anybody else\u2019s. Fred always had his feet on the ground. He never used his personal tragedies as fodder for publicity. Nor did he want to cry in public over what he was dealing with. He knew that there were tons of other people going through the same things and he dealt with it privately. He really did not care to share.\u201d A career renaissance beyond 'The Munsters' However, by 1981, he reprised his Munsters role in the reunion film The Munsters\u2019 Revenge, which then led to his being cast in other movies. These films included The Cotton Club, The Secret of My Success, Water, Ironweed, Fatal Attraction, and\u00a0The Boy Who Could Fly. He also made quite an impressive appearance in Stephen King's Pet Sematary. However, some of his greatest success came in the latter part of his career with 1992\u2019s\u00a0My Cousin Vinny.\u00a0Gwynne was able to enjoy the renaissance of his career until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and later passed away in 1993.