Butch Patrick, born Patrick Alan Lilley, is an American actor who started his career as a child actor in Hollywood. He has been active in Hollywood since 1961 and has been part of many memorable projects like Lidsville, My Three Sons, The Real McCoys, etc.
The actor is best known as Eddie Munster in the light-humored CBS TV show The Munsters. Though he was just a kid in the show, he became the best friend of every American kid of the 60s. Besides being a beloved actor, Patrick is also a musician and has his band. He calls his band Eddie and the Monsters, informed by his journey in The Munsters.
In September of 2021, he was seen attending Fall Heritage Festival in Cowan Street, Tennessee along with many bands and musicians. One of them was buck dancing champion Hillary Klug.
Quick Summary (Height, Age, Real Name, & Bio)
|Popular Name||Butch Patrick|
|Real Name||Patrick Alan Lilley|
|Date of birth||August 2, 1953|
|Age||68 years old|
|Place of birth||Inglewood, California, USA|
|Surrogate parent||Yvonne De Carlo|
|Half-sister||Kerry Lynn Sprick|
|Occupation||Actor and musician|
|Net worth||250 Thousand USD|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
Butch Patrick’s Net Worth
Butch has been part of Hollywood since he was just a kid. Despite leaving acting to start his musical career, he still does some movies and TV shows here and there.
He was already a successful actor, and his career as a musician is also going equally well.
The actor turned singer has earned a great deal of populairty and fortune from his career. To this day, he has a net worth of 250 thousand USD.
Butch Patrick’s Family, Parents, and Early Days
Our beloved Eddie from The Munsters was born in California to his parents. However, his parents were not together so, his mother, Patty, raised him with his stepfather, Ken Hunt.
His stepfather Ken was a baseball legend who played many major league games representing well-known teams like Washington Senators, Los Angeles Angels, and New York Yankees. Sadly, he died in 1997.
Besides his parents, Butch also has a half-sister named Kerry. Kerry was the reason behind his acting career.
While Butch was growing up, Kerry wanted a be an actress. She was trying her luck out in different projects.
During one of her casting calls, the production asked if there was any other kid available. She then introduced Butch to them, and they offered him a small role in the project. It was just the start of his glorious career in Hollywood.
While starting his career in acting, his mother and agent combined his nickname and his first name to give him his stage name Butch Patrick. Ever since then, he has used the same stage name throughout his career.
Initially, Butch got only side roles, but soon it changed to guest appearances, then recurring roles, and finally, he got cast as a permanent cast member.
Butch got his breakthrough in Hollywood after being cast as Eddie in The Munsters. After this, he continued his acting career until one day when he decided to call it quits to work for his father.
After he quit acting, he also learned to play the bass guitar and started his musical journey.
Despite starting his musical career, he did not leave acting completely and appeared in a few projects.
Butch was living his life to his best, but he had his fair share of struggle. In 2011, he got diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, it got detected at an early stage so, he recovered from it.
Its already been ten years of the diagnosis, and Butch is still healthy and living a happy life with his wife.
Who is Butch Patrick’s Wife?
The 68 years old actor turned singer was initially in a relationship with his fan named Donna McCall.
Donna had a crush on Butch as a child after watching his show The Munsters. Later she tracked him down and sent him a letter expressing her feelings.
Butch was impressed by the letter, so he met her, and they started dating. In 2010, he even had plans to marry her.
However, things turned sour, and the couple broke up the same year during Halloween.
Years later, Butch again found love, and this time it was with his present wife, Leila Murray.
The couple got married on September 10 of 2016. However, they have kept their married life away from the limelight ever since then. They have even maintained privacy about their children.
Butch attended the Gardena high school located in Gardena in California.
After he graduated from high school, he joined the Hollywood Professional School in Hollywood, California.
Career and Movies
The talented actor-singer started his acting journey in Hollywood at a very young age of seven.
It was his sister who got him his first role and also encouraged him to do acting. Though his first role was a smaller one, it led him to the biggest and memorable projects of his life.
During his early days in Hollywood, Butch did lots of commercials and helping roles here and there.
People had begun to recognize him by this time, and he got many recurring roles in shows like The Real McCoys. General Hospital.
After working on several projects, Butch finally got his breakthrough role as Eddie Munster in The Munsters. In the show, Eddie is a kid werewolf.
His natural fangs and small stature became the deciding factor for Butch getting cast in the show. The show aired from 1964 to 1966, where Butch appeared in seventy episodes. He even acted in the feature film based on the show titled Munster, Go Home!
The show gave him enough recognition to survive in Hollywood, but he didn’t get any permanent role for a while. However, he wasn’t jobless during this time.
He appeared as a guest actor in many shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, The Monkees, Adam-12, and even in a recurring role in My Three Sons.
During this time, he was also part of many films of Walt Disney like The Young Loner, Original Family Band, etc.
After acting here and there for some time, Butch landed a permanent role in the children’s program Lidsville, which aired on ABC. The show aired from 1971 and 1973 and had him as a permanent cast member.
The beloved child actor had done many projects by this time, and after working for two more years, he decided to quit acting and help his father out in his project.
Once he quit acting, he learned to play the bass guitar and formed Eddie and the Munsters.
With his band, he released his first solo titled, Whatever Happened to Eddie?. He loved the response for his first solo so, he released his second solo, It’s Only Halloween.
Although he was now a musician, he still did some acting projects here and there, including his cameo in The Simpsons.
Besides acting and singing, Butch also cohosted Macabre Theater and even wrote Munster Memories: A Coffin Table Book.
To this day, people still remember Butch for his shows and love him as much as they did as a kid.