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I have looked into the abyss, and the abyss has looked back. And do you know what it has said? Loser.

Fritz operates his own photography studio (Fritz's Photo Studio) at the local mall, located underneath the Bangle Barn. Some of his clientele includes Portia Gibbons and her mother. He plays a prominent role in the episode "Portrait of a Happy."

He no longer enjoys his job, and has little patience for people like Bessie. Often philosophical, Fritz has a tendency to talk to himself about his life in addition to lamenting over missed opportunities.

However, his passion for photography eventually returns thanks to Happy. Fritz is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.[1]


He makes his debut in "Portrait of a Happy," and is shown to dislike his job, asking himself "How did I get here? This isn't art!"

After Bessie asks him to take a photo of herself with Happy,[2] he quits, refusing to photograph "primitive lifeforms." However, his point of view changes when he takes dozens of pictures featuring Happy and declares him an "inspiration" and "muse." With Bessie's permission, he sells the photos and exhibits them at an art gallery.

He later appears in "Catatonic" in a very brief scene, waiting at the bus stop trying to take a picture of a pigeon. A plunger that Ben shot nearly hits him, causing him to be shocked. It destroys his camera and scares the pigeon away before venturing around San Francisco.


Fritz has a tendency to be haughty and pretentious, feeling nobody understands him. He has become disillusioned with his job and looks down on it, not finding it artistic.

Consequently, he gets easily frustrated with Bessie's enthusiastic nature. He views taking pictures of clouds and families with disdain, not believing it to be art.

He can be philosophical, reflecting on his life and the choices he has made. Fritz enjoys watching European films. In addition to taking photos, he is also a painter, having done a portrait of the Hobo clown.

Physical appearance

Fritz is an elderly light-skinned man, having white hair. He wears a black sweater, white pants and black shoes, in addition to black glasses.

Episode appearances

Season 1
No. Episode Role
118a "Portrait of a Happy" Speaking role
Season 2
201 "Catatonic" Speaking role


Main article: Fritz/Gallery


  • Fritz studied 12 years of art school, and once considered working as a travel agent.
  • He is German, as Fritz speaks with a German accent and shouts "Nein!" to Bessie, which means "no."


  1. Shown in the end credits of "Portrait of a Happy"
  2. Season 1, Episode 19(sic) Portrait of a Happy; O Say Can Bess See. TV Guide. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
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