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Fred Coby Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Mar 1, 1916
  • Died: Sep 27, 1970

Lithe, dark-haired Fred Coby (born Frederick G. Beckner Jr.} turned into freakish Rondo Hatton in the 1946 horror melodrama The Brute Man, a chiller so tasteless and badly made that Universal sold it outright to Poverty Row company PRC. Coby stayed with PRC for Don Ricardo Returns (1946), a Zorro rip-off written by actor Duncan Renaldo and based on Johnston McCulley, the creator of the original. Although handsome -- Coby's slight resemblance to [[Performer~P57548~Tyrone Power~tyronepower]] may have won him the role in the first place -- Don Ricardo was too cheaply made to have any impact on the moviegoing audience. He spent the remainder of his career as a stunt performer and bit player. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi