- - Thursday, March 17, 2016

It’s hard to imagine something you do as a kid sticking with you your whole life. Such is the case for actor Butch Patrick, who played the unforgettable Eddie Munster for 70 episodes on the classic TV sitcom “The Munsters” from September of 1964 to May of 1966.

No matter what Butch Patrick has done in the five decades since the show went off the air, he will always be Eddie. And he’s more than OK with that.

At the Long Beach Comic Expo Mr. Patrick talked about his young life as Eddie Munster, the passing of his good friend, “Munster Coach” designer George Barris, his decadelong co-hosting gig of the creepy good “Macabre Theatre” and his life these days — which includes living in a haunted house.

Question: How old were you when you filmed “The Munsters”?

Answer: Eleven and 12.

Q: What is the most common thing people say to you when you do these autograph shows?

A: They ask, “Where’s [Eddie’s toy] Woof Woof?” That’s the No. 1 question.

I’ve got the original Woof Woof under lock and key with my tribute cars from The Munster Koach and The Dragula.

Q: Do you do a lot of these sci-fi conventions?

A: I used to do a lot more. For this I just happened to be in Los Angeles. My friend Ivonna Cadaver, with whom I have a show called “Macabre Theatre,” she asked me to come out to the show and sit with her.

Q: How did “Macabre Theater” come about?

A: Originally when I had the idea for a horror show, I was going to call it “1313 Theatre” to take advantage of the Munsters’ address. She actually stepped in to be my sidekick when the other sidekick didn’t work out. I actually said, “I think this is working better with you as the host.” So she took it over. We changed the name to “Macabre Theatre.” She stepped in and did a really good job. I started doing ghost hunts, so it became her show.

Q: Where can people watch it?

A: It’s on YouTube America.

Q: You and Pat Priest are the only cast members left. Do you keep in touch?

A: We do a lot of shows together. For fans it’s like a double Munster rush.

Pat sounds the same. Obviously we’re both older. She looks more the same because I was a kid growing up into an adult whereas she was an adult then. She’s just an older adult now.

Q: A lot of child stars complain when they grow up that they were robbed of their childhood. Do you feel that way?

A: No. Nah. Times were different. My stepdad played professional baseball. He made 30 grand a year and was happy to get it. I made 31 grand a year. The point being, things are different now. The money is astronomical, so the problems that come with it are astronomical. But I had — and have — a very good life. I’m very happy to have been born when I was born.

Q: What advice do you give kid actors nowadays?

A: I tell them, “Do it because you love it.” If it turns into a career, that’s icing on the cake. But don’t do it for the money, because the chances are you’re not gonna make it. Like professional sports. Chances are you’re not gonna make it to the pros. If you like acting, do it for the love of it. If it turns into a career? Well that’s great.

Q: What do you do with your time these days?

A: I just purchased a home in Macon, Missouri, which was my grandmother’s. It is an old 1875 Victorian mansion that is haunted. I bought the house to make sure it didn’t get knocked down. I’m restoring the house [to] the way it used to be. Then I decided to do a paranormal destination for people who like ghost hunting.

Every month I’m gonna host a weekend and have people come in that are “Munster” fans, ghost fans, Americana fans. It is in the Central Park of Missouri near Iowa, so there is a lot of American history there as well.

I also own a Munster Koach and Dragula that I tour. Instead of doing these kind of conventions, I do more automotive events.

Q: I would imagine at those, you would meet up with recently deceased Munster Coach creator George Barris?

A: George was like my best buddy. I was so sad to have lost him in November. I knew him for 50 years. He taught me so much. He was such a good person with the fans. I think I got a lot of my love for doing this from him.

Q: What is the most paranormal thing that has happened in your mansion?

A: My sister and my grandmother both saw the ghost who is called “Miss Ruby.” She was the daughter of the gentleman that built the house. She fell to her death there in 1905 and she hovers around the stairway where she died.

Recently I had paranormal people come in, and we went into the basement, which had been boarded up for years. They thought the house was built on a vortex because we had so much activity. We had hundreds of orbs escape out of the basement and hide out upstairs.

Q: Are you okay with the fact that no matter what you do, you will always be Eddie Munster?

A: Yeah, I’m fine with it. You know why? When you’re sitting down at a table and somebody approaches you with their kids and grandkids and their face lights up with joy, how can you not enjoy seeing that? And they are viewing it now with their kids and grandkids. When you can make people happy by just being part of something that was their memory, that’s a pretty good thing.

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