Richard McKenzie appears as Archie's long-estranged younger brother Fred Bunker in two episodes of All in the Family in seasons 8 and 9 and on Archie bunker's Place in Season 4.
|Has long standing differences with older brother Archie, who share diverngent political views, since childhood as they try to reconcile them|
Katherine Bunker (second wife)
|Related to:||David Bunker (father, deceased)|
Sarah Bunker, née Longstreet (mother, deceased)
Gloria Bunker Stivic (niece)
Michael Stivic (nephew-in-law)
Joey Stivic (great nephew)
Archie Bunker (brother)
Philip Bunker (brother)
Alma Bunker (sister)
Linda Bunker (daughter)
Barbara Lee "Billie" Bunker (daughter)
|Appeared on:||All in the Family |
Archie Bunker's Place
|Episodes appeared in:|
"The Return of Archie's Brother" (Season 9)
|Character played by:||Richard McKenzie|
Alfred "Fred" Bunker is the formerly long-estranged brother of Archie Bunker, played by actor Richard McKenzie, who appeared in two episodes of All in the Family, first, in the Season 8 "Archie's Brother" (#21) and Season 9's "The Return of Archie's Brother" (#19). Fred returns to visit Archie and niece in-law Stepanie in the Season 9's episode of Archie Bunker's Place episode "Father Christmas" (#11).
Fred and Archie, as it is learned when Fred visits Archie in the "Archie's Brother" episode, had not seen each other in the 29 years since Archie and Edith's wedding, although they apparently had communicated over the years via phone, with Archie's niece Linda, who is Fred's daughter visiting Archie and Edith in the episode titled "Lionel Steps Out" in Season 3 (#5).
It is later revealed that their long estrangement was fueled because of a petty argument, apparently out of a sibling rivalry of sorts going back to their childhood; Fred visits Archie for support because he is about to go into the hospital for a major operation, and the two apparently seem to patch things up between them. However, in Fred's return trip to visit Archie and Edith, he arrives with a beautiful eighteen-year-old wife named Katherine.
The appearance of Fred with new bride Katherine leads to a serious discussion in the kitchen between Archie and Edith, which erupts into a heated argument between Archie and Fred over April–September romances, and places another strain on the relationship between Archie and Fred, who storms angrily out of the Bunker home with his teen bride. Fred and Archie also seem to have divergent views on issues concerning race, due to daughter Linda's going out on a date with Lionel Jefferson in the "Lionel Steps Out" episode, which irked Archie, not to mention the furor that was sparked when Fred, who was married once before, and then divorced, visited the Bunker home with his new teen wife!