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Fredd Wayne
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    (October 17, 1924- )
    Born in Akron, Ohio
    Acted in 'The Man is Armed,' 'Torpedo Run,' 'Twenty Plus Two,' 'The Spiral Road,' 'Sex and the Single Girl,' and 'Hangup'
    Best known for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in his one-man show 'Benjamin Franklin, Citizen'
    Stage credits include 'G.I. Carmen' (1945), 'Hamlet' (1947), 'The Insect Comedy' (1948), 'Texas, Lil Darlin' (1949 - 50), 'South Pacific' (1952), and 'Oh Men! Oh Women!' (1954)
    He tacked on an additional '-d' to his first name.
    He performed the lead role of G.I. Carmen in drag.
    He was (willfully) typecast as Benjamin Franklin.
    In fact for all his accomplishments in entertainment over a thirty year period he's best known for his stint on a two-part episode of Bewitched in which Aunt Clara conjures up the spirit of Ben Franklin.
    Legend has it that his Broadway break came when he went to audition for a production of As You Like It with Katharine Hepburn but was mistakenly pulled in to read for the Johnny MercerBobby Darin musical Texas, L’il Darlin’ instead.
    He started out as a Hollywood lot mail-boy.
    He was a prolific writer whose work has made every major publication from The New York Times to Playboy.
    He directed the 'G.I. Carmen' show as entertainment for the troops post-VE Day. It was one of the most successful G.I. shows of World War II.
    He originated the comedic role of Luther Billis in 'South Pacific' - performing opposite Mary Martin in both the London and American runs of the show.
    He performed the one-man 'Benjamin Franklin, Citizen' show for colleges and secondary schools across the United States.
    The performance was so acclaimed that he was even hired to repeat the performance on a U.S. State Department tour of Europe.
    He was a favorite to appear on Bob Hope television specials, starting with his appearance on Bob Hope's America is 200 Years Old...And There's Still Hope!' (of course, playing Ben Franklin).
    His recording of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was selected as one of the top audiotapes of 1997.
    He had a memorable role as the March Hare on a Kraft Theatre TV adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland' opposite Art Carney as the Hatter and (randomly) Bergen & McCarthy.

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