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'The Munsters' come back to life with a Halloween marathon

October 29, 2010 | 10:30 am

Some children call their childhood "the wonder years." But Butch Patrick says his childhood could be called "The Munsters Years."

Patrick, who played the pointy-earred Eddie Munster on the classic TV comedy "The Munsters," says he's never forgotten how much fun he had working on the series.

"I had the best time in the makeup chair, or hanging out in the area where they had all the special effects," said Patrick, 57, in a phone interview from Philadelphia.

Patrick has also been spending several hours in the last few days promoting the Hallmark Channel's "The Munsters Marathon," a 10-hour cavalcade of episodes from the comedy that has become a staple of classic television, even though it ran for only two years, from 1964 to 1966. The marathon starts at 8 a.m. Sunday.

ButchPatrick_227c The show, which revolved around a family that was good-natured despite monstrous appearances, starred Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis and Patrick.

Patrick said the continuing popularity of the show is indicative of its strong family values and off-beat humor: "It's really never gone off the radar. It's just pure, simple fun. It's from an era where people watched talking horses, genies in a bottle and monsters who live next door. It was all about escapism, as opposed to all the reality TV that's on now."

 — Greg Braxton

Top photo: Clockwise from bottom left: Butch Patrick, Yvonne De Carlo, Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis and Pat Priest.

Bottom photo: Butch Patrick today. Photo credits: Hallmark Channel.