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Date Of BirthJuly 6, 1946
SpouseTracy Vaccaro
MarkTowering height
FactNearly 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.

General Info

Full NameFred Dryer
Date Of BirthJuly 6, 1946
Height1.98 m
Weight109 kg
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Actor, American football player, Television Director
EducationSan Diego State University, El Camino College


SpouseTracy Vaccaro
ChildrenCaitlin Nell Dryer
ParentsGenevieve Nell Clark, Charles F. Dryer


MoviesThe 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
TV ShowsLand's End, Hunter

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#Marks / Signs
1Towering height
2Tattoo on right shoulder


1"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.


1Currently hosts a sports talk call in show on I-Heart Radio.
2Has established his own production company, Fred Dryer Productions. (
3One of his college football teammates at San Diego State was Carl Weathers.
4Due 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.
5Has one daughter with his ex-wife Tracy Vaccaro.
6Once promised to set his hair on fire in the end zone if he ever scored an NFL touchdown. Fortunately, never did.
7Father died of Lupus when Fred was 17.
8Born on the same day as George W. Bush and Sylvester Stallone.
9Nearly 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.
10Holds the NFL record for most safeties in a single game: 2.
11Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.




Agent X2015TV SeriesMike - Former Agent X / Former Agent X
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2015TV SeriesOctavian Bloom
Crisis2014TV SeriesThomas Jefferson Smith
The Wrong Woman2013TV MovieDetective Sanford
The Millers2013TV SeriesSarge / Frank
Snake & Mongoose2013Ed Donovan
The Exes2013TV SeriesMr. Collins
Accidentally on Purpose2009TV SeriesEdward
Suits on the Loose2005Senator Roy Boxwell
Out of Practice2005TV SeriesMichael
Fire Over Afghanistan2003Colonel Collins
Hunter2003TV SeriesLt. Rick Hunter
Hunter: Back in Force2003TV MovieDet. Sgt. Rick Hunter
Shakedown2002VideoGeneral Wolf
Hunter: Return to Justice2002TV MovieRick Hunter
Justice League2002TV SeriesSgt. Rock / Flagship Pilot #2
Highway 3952000Wade, Rawley
Wild Grizzly2000TV MovieRanger Frank Bradford
Relic Hunter2000TV SeriesRandall Fox
Warm Texas Rain2000VideoKarl Lorens
The Independent2000Jean Claude
Stray Bullet1999Forest Mason
Diagnosis Murder1997-1998TV SeriesPolice Chief Masters
Ask Harriet1998TV SeriesProf. Derrick Smythe
Land's End1995-1996TV SeriesMike Land / Dr. Amore
The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.1995TV MovieLt. Rick Hunter
Day of Reckoning1994TV MovieJack O'Brien
Hunter1984-1991TV SeriesDet. Sgt. Rick Hunter
Mickey's 60th Birthday1988TV MovieDet. Sgt. Rick Hunter
Cheers1982-1987TV SeriesDave Richards
Death Before Dishonor1987Gunnery Sgt. Burns
Cannonball Run II1984Sergeant in CHP Car (as Fred Dreyer)
Hart to Hart1984TV SeriesBoyd Miller
The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins1984TV MovieBarney Daniels
The Rousters1983TV SeriesWill Clayton
The Rousters1983TV MovieWill Clayton
Something So Right1982TV MovieMike Bosnick
CHiPs1982TV SeriesLt. John LeGarre
The Kid from Nowhere1982TV MovieLarry Kandal
A Girl's Life1981TV MovieJohnny Paloney
The Star Maker1981TV MovieMilt Cooperman
Lou Grant1981TV SeriesMike Hauser
Laverne & Shirley1980TV SeriesThe Lifeguard
Gus1976Atoms player (sideline & showers) (uncredited)


Hunter: Return to Justice2002TV Movie executive producer
The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.1995TV Movie executive producer
Day of Reckoning1994TV Movie executive producer
Hunter1989-1991TV Series executive producer - 44 episodes
Hunter2003TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
Hunter: Back in Force2003TV Movie executive producer


Land's End1995-1996TV Series creator - 22 episodes


Highway 3952000
Hunter1987-1990TV Series 5 episodes


The Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors2010Video documentary special thanks


The Return of Superstars2012TV MovieHimself - Host
Namath2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2010TV Series documentaryHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
NFL Films Presents2006TV Series documentaryHimself
When Playboy Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Playboy Exposed: Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored2001Video documentaryHimself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Series
Later with Bob Costas1989TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1986TV SeriesHimself
NFL Monday Night Football1970-1980TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End / Himself - New York Giants Defensive End
Super Bowl XIV1980TV MovieHimself - Los Angeles Rams Right Defensive End
1979 NFC Championship Game1980TV SpecialHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End
1978 NFC Championship Game1979TV SpecialHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End
American Raspberry1977Himself
1976 NFC Championship Game1976TV SpecialHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End
The NFL on CBS1969-1976TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End / Himself - New York Giants Defensive End
1975 NFC Championship Game1976TV SpecialHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End
The NFL on NBC1975TV SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Rams Defensive End

Archive Footage

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1977TV SeriesAtoms Player
NFL Films Presents1967TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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