|Katherine (Kathy) Elaine (Barber) Cochran
|January 28, 1950
|Widow of Freddie Prinze Sr.
Kathy Prinze is the wife of the late American standup comedian and actor, Freddie Prinze Sr. The two have a son together, Freddie Prinze Jr. who continued his father’s legacy. Freddie took his last breath in 1977 when the two were married.
Let’s find out more about the wife of the famous American comedian.
Born in January 1950 in the United States of America, Kathy is 72 years of age as of November 2022. She holds American nationality and is of white ethnic background. She was born in 1950 and spent her childhood in a friendly and loving environment. She follows the Christianity religion. There is little to no info about her education as a child.
But we know she was married and divorced two times before tying the knot with Freddie Prinze. Her first husband was Robert Ray Kirkpatrick. He got married to Kathy when she was only 16 years old. That marriage didn’t last long, as they got a divorce sometime before 1972.
In 1972, she got married to American businessman, Russell Gail Rasmus. But that marriage didn’t last long as well. They got a divorce three years later.
At the time she met Freddie, she worked as a cocktail waitress in a pub. There is no info on how the two met, but that is a possibility. The two got married on October 13, 1975. After that, she started supporting her husband by accompanying him on comedy tours. They have one child together, a son, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Marriage With Freddie Prinze
As we said before, when the two first met, she worked as a cocktail waitress. They began dating soon after and got married in 1975.
One year after their marriage, the happy couple welcomed their first child, a son. In 1976, Freddie Prinze Jr. was born.
But just a few weeks after childbirth, Kathy filed for divorce. The two dated for several years and looked like a happily married couple.
But he had an affair with other women while being married to Kathy, which frustrated his wife. During his marriage with Kathy, Freddie had an affair with actress Pam Grier and then dated Lonette McKee.
After all the affairs, Kathy decided to file for a divorce. After hearing the news about the divorce, Freddie got depressed. But nobody knew about his depression.
Soon after, he purchased the gun with JJ Walker and Alan. And after buying the gun, he shot himself and was found with the fatal wound by his business manager. Freddie was immediately taken to the hospital, but couldn’t be saved.
He was only 23 years of age when he died on January 29, 1977. His dead body is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. He resides near his father, Edward Karl Pretzel.
Who Was Her Husband?
So, who was exactly Freddie Prinze, Kathy Prinze’s husband? Born in June 1954, Freddie was an American standup comedian. As you can see, Kathy was four years older than him.
Born Frederick Karl Pruetzel, his parents were Edward Karl and Maria De Gracia Pruetzel. His parents were of German origin, but he was born in New York City.
Freddie started his career by working in small comedy clubs and only came to the spotlight after joining the cast of the Chico and the Man series. Freddie actually performed in the series until his death in 1977.
Fun fact: during his childhood, Freddie had problems with being overweight. So, his mother enrolled him in ballet lessons, thinking it would help his overall health. And Freddie fell in love with the stage and performing arts.
During his time at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, Freddie discovered his love for comedy and left his studies to focus on his career as a stand-up comedian.
To his day, his most successful series is the Chico and the Man, co-starring with Jack Albertson. He portrayed Francisco Chico Rodriguez in 62 episodes of the show.
The night he died, Freddie actually called his friends and family members and said goodbye to them. Yet, none of them took him seriously. He even left a note stating he decided to take his life.
His death was ruled a suicide initially. Yet, 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.
In December 2014, Freddie Senior got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. During the celebration, his wife posed her son Freddie Jr and American actor George Lopez.
Their Son Continues His Father’s Journey
Kathy and Freddie can enjoy the success of their son, Frederick James Prinze Jr. Born in March 1976, he successfully continued the comedic career of his father.
Freddie Jr. is an American actor, television and film producer, and screenwriter. He started in movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What you Did Last Summer, She’s All That, Summer Catch, and Scooby-Doo, and had recurring roles in shows like Friends, Boston Legal, Freddie, and 24.
He also voiced Kanan Jarrus in the Disney series, Star Wars Rebels. Prinze also worked with WWE from 2008 to 2009. He was a WWE fan and instantly accepted the offer to join the world of WWE. He returned to WWE in October 2010 as a producer and director, staying there until 2012.
Freddie Jr is an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
What is the net worth of Kathy Prinze? Did she inherit some of her husband’s money? How much money did he make during his carrier?
Kathy has steered away from the public following the death of her husband. She has remained away from the public for the better part of her life. There is no information about her whereabouts and her life lately.
Some reports claim she enjoys the single life. Kathy appeared in several documentaries, including 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment in 2003 and The Comedy Store in 2020.
There is no information about her net worth. What we know is the net worth of her son, Freddie Prinze Jr. He is a millionaire, with a net worth of more than $30 million.