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Vale, Michael

Born: 1922 AD
Died: 2005 AD
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1922 – Born on June 28th in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Vale, the character actor best known for his role as Fred the Baker in television commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts.

1957 – He studied acting at New York City’s Dramatic Workshop and made his movie debut in a bit part in director Fred Zinnemann’s cinematic adaptation of Michael V. Gazzo’s A Hatful of Rain.

1962 – He made his Broadway debut in the play "The Egg" in January in support of star Michael Constantine. The play flopped, lasting a total of only eight performances.

1965-1967 – He followed it up with two more Broadway flops before making good with "The Impossible Years," which debuted on October 13th and did not close until May 27th after a total of 670 performances.

1982 – The Dunkin’ Donuts ads featuring his character Fred, whose signature line was "Time to make the doughnuts," ran for 15 years, when Vale retired.

2005 – Died due to complications from diabetes on December 24th in New York, New York.

3.1 (62.35%) 17 votes