Dermatologist To The Stars Hangs Himself After Being Parodied by Martin Short


The well-known dermatologist to the stars Dr. Fredric Brant tragically committed suicide only a couple weeks ago. According to his longtime spokeswomen, at the time of his death Dr. Brant was “deeply hurt” by Tina Fey’s Netflix show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Although, his spokeswomen made it clear that his hard feelings towards the comedian and producer were not the cause of his death.

Dr. Frederick Brandt (left) and the character Dr. Franff (right), whom was reportedly modeled after Dr. Brandt:MG_2714_shoulders-w.si373

65-year-old Dr. Brandt was found dead in his Miami home on Sunday April 5. He was a well-known dermatologist to some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Madonna and Stephanie Seymour.


After watching the entire season 1 of “Unbreakable,” I clearly recall the character of Dr. Franff, played by Martin Short. I am sure most people had no idea who the over-the-top doctor portrayed, if anyone at all. But Brandt saw right through the outlandish character and it hurt. He may have led a glamorous life full of designer gear and celebrity Botox, but he still had human feelings like the rest of us.

The doctor’s publicist, Jacquie Trachtenberg, said, “The show definitely deeply hurt him, he was being made fun of because of the way he looks. It is mean, and it was bullying. But the show was not the reason for his depression, and it was not the reason he would take his own life.”

The New York Times profiled the talented doctor in 2014, in which he said, “I approach each face with a visual perception, an artistic perception and a medical perception…. I’ve been kind of a pioneer in pushing the limits to see how things work and what the look would be. Would I change anything I’ve done? I might not have used as much Botox, because you don’t want to look quite as frozen.”

Brandt started his business in Miami back in 1982, and in 1998 he expanded to New York City as well. In 2001, Brandt released his popular skin care line.

The famous dermatologist was also a dog lover with three of his own, Benji, Durya, and Tyler.


According to US magazine his obituary read, “He loved singing show tunes and creating raps while he worked, keeping his patients happy and laughing while they were being injected with needles. It was impossible to walk out of his office without a smile on your face, feeling rejuvenated inside and out.”

Do you think Tiny Fey should feel bad for creating the character of Dr. Franff? Or, is all fair in love, war and comedy?

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  • avatar Chalee says:

    maybe he just couldn’t bear to age

  • avatar Jessica says:

    First, clearly this is so sad and tragic. Second, you cannot blame a comedian for someone’s suicide just for imitating or making fun of them. That’s what comedians do! Most every celebrity has been made fun of or belittled by someone, and certainly by comedians. You don’t go and kill yourself over it, at 65 years old? Certainly not a lost teenager. This man clearly had other major emotional problems. If you are mentally healthy and someone makes fun of you, you brush it off, laugh it off, send them a nasty note, whatever and keep going forward with your life. Especially someone so admired by his peers, patients and the community.

    Point is, this poor doctor clearly had serious mental imbalances or severe depression. He didn’t just up and kill himself because someone imitated him unfavorably. People are most ALWAYS made fun of when impersonated. He was a dermatologist to CELEBRITIES. He was in the public eye. If that’s what you choose, you have to take the good with the bad! Hundreds of people have been made fun of, ridiculed, mocked, etc. on SNL, etc. They didn’t run and commit suicide, blaming it all on the comedian. Perhaps this man was on the edge and that pushed him over, but if that hadn’t pushed him over, something else would have! There’s much more to this than meets the eye, please let’s not blame Martin Short. God bless you, Dr. Brant.

  • avatar debbir says:

    Yes i think she should feel bad!!!!!… because she says bad things toward others all the time…..which to me means she is bullying them…

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