Al Lewis

Actor
While few details of Al Lewis's beginnings are agreed upon, owing to his penchant for telling tall tales, what is verifiable is that he was a beloved character actor who is remembered mainly for his role as the ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1923 in Wolcott, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Head 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Porn Star: the Legend of Ron Jeremy 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Yvonne DeCarlo: Gilded Lily 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

South Beach Academy 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 (Movie)

Patrolman Leo Schnauzer (Actor)

Bum Rap 1993 (Movie)

Mr Wolfstadt (Actor)

Grampire 1992 (Movie)

Vernon T Cooger (Actor)

Fright House 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

Uncle Joe Russo (Actor)

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Judge Harrison (Actor)

Black Starlet 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

They Might Be Giants 1971 (Movie)

Messenger (Actor)

The Boatniks 1970 (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

Turkey (Actor)

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Munsters 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Marineland Carnival 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Munster, Go Home 1965 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Henry Orient 1963 (Movie)

Store Owner (Actor)

Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

Actor

Ring of Passion (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Dog! (TV Show)

Actor

The Munsters' Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Strangler (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Little Big League 1994 (Movie)

("I'm Ready") (Song)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

("I'm Ready") (Song)

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 (Movie)

("Blueberry Hill") (Song)
Production Management (2)

Fraternity Demon 1992 (Movie)

(Unit Production Manager)

Witchcraft IV: Virgin Heart 1992 (Movie)

(Unit Production Manager)
Sound (2)

Face to Face With Connie Chung (12/11/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Sound

The Health Quarterly (01/06/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Sound
Director (2)

Our Miss Brooks 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Our Miss Brooks 1952 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Our Miss Brooks 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

The George Gobel Show 1952 - 1959 (Tv Show)

Producer
Other (1)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

While few details of Al Lewis's beginnings are agreed upon, owing to his penchant for telling tall tales, what is verifiable is that he was a beloved character actor who is remembered mainly for his role as the endearing elderly vampire, Grandpa, on the TV sitcom "The Munsters" (1964-66). So whether or not his birth name was Albert or Alexander Meister, the actor was born in Brooklyn, the son of Eastern European immigrant garment workers, and started on the vaudeville stage and on Broadway in the late '50s. He was cast as Machine Gun Manny in the '60 feature gangster film "Pretty Boy Floyd" just as he was becoming better known as a comic actor on television's "The Phil Silvers Show" and the wildly popular cop sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?", starring Fred Gwynne, with whom he later appeared in "The Munsters". Other notable roles for Lewis include the acclaimed drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" ('69) and the film remake of "Car 54, Where Are You?" ('94). Lewis was also highly political and often appeared on Howard Stern's controversial radio programs advocating free speech. A year after appearing in the low-buget film "Night Terror", Lewis fell into a period of ill health and died at the age of 82.

Relationships

Marge Domowitz

Wife
married in 1956 divorced in 1977

Karen Ingenthron

Wife
married in 1984 until his death in 2006

Milestones

2002

Last role in a movie was Father Hanlon in "Night Terror"

1998

Was a Green Party candidate for Governor of New York

1987

Opens Grampa's Bella Gente restaurant

1968

Played the character Turkey in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

1964

Cast as Grandpa in the hit series, "The Munsters"

1962

Cast in the musical comedy "Do Re Mi" as Moe Shtarker on Broadway

1961

Portrayed Officer Leo Schnauser on "Car 54, Where Are You?"

1960

Appeared in "One More River" on Broadway

1960

Feature debut in "Pretty Boy Floyd" as 'Machine Gun Manny'

1959

Joined the ABC series "Naked City" for four episodes

1959

Appeared in two episodes of "The Phil Silvers Show" (CBS)

1958

Appeared in "The Night Circus" on Broadway

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