Fred Applegate (actor)

Fred Applegate
Born (1953-02-20) February 20, 1953
Occupation Actor, singer, dancer

Frederick Applegate (born February 20, 1953)[1] is an American actor, singer and dancer.

Early life and education

He grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey and South Orange, New Jersey. He graduated from Northwestern University.[2]



Applegate originated the roles of Inspector Kemp and The Blind Hermit in the Broadway musical Young Frankenstein (2007).[3] He originated the role of the Monsignor in the Broadway production of Sister Act (2011)[4] and the role of Father Jack O'Brien in the The Last Ship, which premiered on Broadway in October 2014.[3]

Other Broadway credits include M. Dindon/M. Renaud in La Cage aux Folles (2010),[5] Max Bialystock in The Producers (replacement, 2003; in the West End production in 2005[6]) and as Franz Leibkind in the first national tour. He also played Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music. (1998).[3]

He appeared Off-Broadway at the Lincoln Center Mitzi Newhouse Theatre in the musical Happiness in 2009, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.[7] Applegate played the role of "Panisse" in the Encores! staged concert of Fanny in February 2010.[8] He participated in a reading of a new musical, Presto Change-O in December 2014, directed by Marc Bruni, as a presentation of the Barrington Stage Company Musical Theatre Lab.[9] He appeared in the national tour of Anything Goes, as "Moonface Martin", which started in October 2012.[10]

He has played the role of the Wizard in the Broadway production Wicked[11][3] and most recently played Constable Joe in the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting.[12][3]

Applegate was a member of the Resident Acting Company of the Guthrie Theatre for three years.[5]

Voice, television and film

His voice can be recognized as the narrator of documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, Disney, Bravo, and A&E. Applegate has guest starred in over 150 episodes of television including Seinfeld, Cosby, Growing Pains, Malcolm in the Middle, ER, Murphy Brown, Newhart and many others.[5] His film credits include Georgia Rule,[13] Stuart Saves His Family (1995),[14] and The Producers.[15][1]


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