'Batman just came along and took our ratings away,' says Munsters' 'Eddie', actor Butch Patrick, 66

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Butch Patrick, the former child actor who played lovable Eddie on 'The Munsters' says rival program 'Batman' was the reason his popular 1960s sitcom was cancelled after only two seasons.

The comic book-inspired show about the caped crusader and his trusted sidekick Robin, 'the boy wonder,' 'just came in and took our ratings away', says Patrick, now 66, and one of two surviving cast members of the Munsters.

Actors - Tights - Villains - Name - Stars

The two actors in tights were pitted against villains played by big name guest stars, including Julie Newmar as 'Cat Woman', Burgess Meredith as 'Penguin', Cesar Romero as 'Joker' and Frank Gorshin as 'Riddler'.

'Look, we had a good two-year run putting out something that was so different and unlikely to become a success,' Patrick, now 66, told Fox News about The Munsters demise.

Patrick - 'it - Time - Stars - Fred

Patrick said 'it was the right time to go,' and that stars Fred Gwynne, who played his on-screen dad Herman, and Al Lewis, who was 'Grandpa' on the show, 'were also ready to go home.'

'We were OK with it'.

Munsters - Herman - 'Frankenstein - Monster - Boris

However, the Munsters, featuring Herman as a 'Frankenstein's monster', inspired by the Boris Karloff version, Eddie's mom 'Lily' played by Yvonne de Carlo, who was similar to Universal Studios character, 'Bride of Frankenstein,' and Grandpa, who was a take on Dracula, lived on in reruns for new generations to enjoy.

Patrick continued to act and was not relegated to monster roles because his Eddie character buried him under layers of green makeup that covered up his true features.

Patrick - Fans - Appearances - Country - Years

But Patrick never forgot the fans and has made appearances around the country over the years, especially at Halloween, Fox News reports. His wife Leila Murray even runs the fan website, Munsters.com.

Now largely carrying the show's baton after the deaths of almost all of his fellow cast members, Patrick recalls how Gwynne was anxious to...
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