Star of Chico and the Man and father of Freddie Prinze, Jr. who committed suicide by cranial gunshot in 1977. His appearances on The Dean Martin Celebrity roasts led him to sign a $6 million dollar deal with NBC four months before his death.
He played Chico Rodriguez in Chico and the Man, and his son, Jr. played a role in Scooby Doo.
He made his performing debut at the same swanky Manhattan joint that launched the career of Robin Williams.
He began dancing ballet at a young age and continued to pursue it after successfully auditioning for Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. He performed comedy at Catch a Rising Star and The Improv.
His mother sent him to ballet classes when he was a child because he was overweight. His father was German and his mother was Puerto Rican. He is the father of actor Freddie Prinze Jr.