• American celebrity best known as the ex-wife of the late comedian Freddie Prinze
• Steered away from the public eye for most of her life, but featured in documentaries in 2003 and 2020
• Born Katherine Elaine Cochran in 1950 in Summersville, West Virginia USA
• Married and divorced twice before marrying Freddie in 1975; one child together, a son named Freddie Prinze Jr.
• Inherited her late husband's fortune and her estimated net worth is around $18 million as of late 2021
Who is Kathy Prinze?
Kathy Prinze is an American celebrity, best known to the world as the ex-wife of the late, great comedian Freddie Prinze.
What is Kathy Prinze doing now?
Kathy Prinze has steered away from the public eye for the better part of her life, and there is no information about her whereabouts and her life on the whole. According to some reports, she is living a single life, but since the death of her husband, has appeared in several documentaries, including “101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment” back in 2003, while in 2020 she featured in the TV mini-series documentary “The Comedy Store”, in the episode “Saw You Last Night on The Tonight Show”.
Kathy Prinze Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Born Katherine Elaine Cochran on 28 January 1950 under the Aquarius zodiac sign, in Summersville, West Virginia USA, she hasn’t revealed the names of her parents and whether she has any siblings or not. Moreover, no clear information is available about her formal education.
Personal Life, Marriage, Children
Before marrying Freddie Prinze, Kathy was married and divorced two times. Her first husband was Robert Ray Kirkpatrick – the two married when Kathy was just 16 years old, but their marriage didn’t last long, as they divorced sometime before 1972, when she married American businessman Russell Gail Rasmus.
Unfortunately, this marriage also didn’t last long, and for still undisclosed reasons fell apart three years following the wedding ceremony.
Her third husband was Freddie Prinze. There’s no information on how they met, but she worked as a cocktail waitress in a pub, so that’s a possibility. Following their marriage on 13 October 1975, she started supporting her husband and accompanied him on his comedy tours. They welcomed one child together, a son Freddie Prinze Jr. Sadly, this marriage was ended by Freddie’s suicide on 28 January 1977.
Kathy inherited her late husband’s fortune and her net worth is estimated to be around $18 million as of late 2021.
Kathy Prinze’s Husband, Freddie Prinze’s Biograp hy
Born as Frederick Karl Pruetzel on 22 June 1954, in New York City, USA, he was the son of a German father, Edward Karl Pruetzel, and his wife, Maria de Gracia, a Puerto Rican. He had problems with being overweight during his early life, so his mother enrolled him into ballet lessons, thinking it would benefit his overall health. He fell in love with the stage and performing arts on the whole, and later enrolled at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts.
He continued with ballet lessons in the school, but also discovered a gift for comedy, and left his studies to focused on becoming a stand-up comedian.
Although short, he had a rather distinguished career. He started by performing at several comedy clubs in New York City, such as Catch a Rising Star and The Improv. He legally changed his name to Prinze, and after making an on-screen debut in one of the last episodes of “Jack Paar Tonite”, he made his breakthrough with an appearance in the popular “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”.
After this, he got his own series “Chico and the Man”, co-starring Jack Albertson, portraying Francisco ‘Chico’ Rodriguez in 62 episodes of the highly-acclaimed show, before his untimely death.
Freddie was a star, but he struggled with depression for the better part of his adult life, and on 28 January 1977 he shot himself, and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center. He was placed into a medically induced coma after emergency surgery, but once the family decided to remove the life support system, Freddie was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. on January 29.
He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles
The night he died, Freddie called his friends and family members saying goodbyes to them, but none of them took him seriously, although he even left a note stating that he had decided to take his life.
His death was ruled a suicide, but after a civil case was filed in 1983 by his ex-wife, mother, and son against Crown Life Insurance Company, his death was then claimed to be medication-induced and accidental.
This granted the family an additional $200,000 in life insurance, and with his psychiatrist and doctor a $1 million out-of-court settlement to end their malpractice suit for allowing him access to a gun, and over-prescribing him Quaaludes.
Kathy Prinze Son, Freddie Prinze Jr. – Short Bio
Born Frederick James Prinze Jr. on 8 March 1976 in Los Angeles, California USA, he was less than one year old when his father died, and didn’t talk about him until the documentary “Misery Loves Comedy” in 2015, which was directed by Kevin Pollak.
He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and after high school, he moved back to Los Angeles and began auditioning for television roles.
Freddie Jr. is now an accomplished actor, writer, and producer, best known to the world for such roles as Ray Bronson in the films “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1997), and “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” (1998), then as Zack Siler in the film “She’s All That” (1999), and as Cole Ortiz in the TV series “24” (2010), among other roles.
Moreover, he works as a writer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and is credited as producer and director.
Freddie Jr. has been married to actress Sarah Michelle Gellar since 1 September 2002, and they’ve welcomed two children together, a daughter Charlotte, and a son Rocky.
According to sources, Freddie Prinze Jr.’s net worth has been estimated to be around $30 million as of early 2022.