Freddie Prinze Sr. was a Puerto Rican-Hungarian actor and stand-up comedian. He was born as Frederick Karl Pruetzel on June 22, 1954 in New York City. He went from being a struggling entertainer to becoming an overnight success by age 19. Prinze suffered from depression and a drug addiction. At age 22, he committed suicide. He left behind a son, Freddie Prinze, Jr., who was only a few months old when his father passed away.