Nearly won the role of Sam Malone on Cheers (1982), but lost it to Ted Danson when the writers decided they'd rather have the owner of the bar be a baseball player instead of a football player.
Fred Dryer is a former American football player and actor. He was born on July 6, 1946 in Hawthorne, California. His parents were both of German descent. He has two sisters. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a football scholarship. After college, he was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft. He played for the Jets for two seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams. He played for the Rams for eleven seasons. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1975. He retired from football in 1981.
After retiring from football, Dryer became an actor. He has appeared in numerous television shows and movies. He is best known for his role as Sgt. Rick Hunter in the television series Hunter. He has also appeared in such films as The Naked Gun and The Longest Yard.
Dryer has been married three times. His first marriage was to Beverly Johnson from 1968 to 1974. His second marriage was to Tracy Vaccaro from 1982 to 1992. He has been married to Gabrielle Carteris since 1995. He has three children from his first marriage and one child from his second marriage.
Dryer is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds.
Date Of Birth
July 6, 1946
Screenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Actor, American football player, Television Director
San Diego State University, El Camino College
Caitlin Nell Dryer
Genevieve Nell Clark, Charles F. Dryer
The Wrong Woman, Fire Over Afghanistan, Shakedown, The Independent, Doraemon: Nobita and the Kingdom of Clouds, Mickey's 60th Birthday, Death Before Dishonor, Cannonball Run II, Wild Grizzly, Highway 395
"I hate these people (the Rams and their owner, Georgia Frontiere) for what they did, taking the Rams logo with them when they moved to St. Louis. That logo belonged to Southern California." - on the Rams' move to St. Louis. Months later, the Raiders moved back to Oakland.
Currently hosts a sports talk call in show on I-Heart Radio.
Has established his own production company, Fred Dryer Productions. (wwww.fdprods.com)
One of his college football teammates at San Diego State was Carl Weathers.
Due to the fact that the enormous Dryer is a foot taller than his "Hunter" co-star Stepfanie Kramer, she had to stand on an egg crate while they were in the same shot so that both of them could be seen.