Actor and comedian Frederick Karl Pruetzel was born June 22, 1954, in New York City.
Freddie later changed his last name to Prinze in large part, according to his close friend David Brenner, because he wanted to be known as the "Prince" of comedy.
Finally, Carson told a puzzled Brenner why."I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six minutes," Brenner, in a 2013 interview with CBS, recalled him saying.
Carson's regard for Brenner, who died in his New York City home Saturday at age 78 after battling cancer, made him one of the most frequent visitors to "Tonight" as a guest and substitute host who was on more than 150 times.
He performed in dramas and continued his ballet work.
Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria's ideas of romance clash when he takes her to see David Brenner, and Mitchell and Cameron play Cupid for Manny.Although his career faltered, he worked steadily through 2013 doing standup.A four-day gig last December included a New Year's Eve show at a Pennsylvania casino-resort in which he showcased young comedians.While Prinze largely identified with his mother's Puerto Rican roots, he came from a multicultural home. Shy and somewhat chubby as a young boy, Prinze showed an early affinity for the arts.His mother enrolled him in ballet lessons to help him lose weight, and later he taught himself guitar and drums. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Prinze discovered his passion for the stage.The lanky, always sharply dressed Brenner also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987 and starred in four HBO specials.