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Al Lewis (III) (1923–2006)


In the late 1920s, Lewis worked as a circus performer, but ultimately decided on college, earning a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University. He taught school and wrote two children's books. In 1949, at the suggestion of a friend, Lewis turned to acting and joined the Paul Mann Actor's Workshop in New York. Lewis worked in burlesque and ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Munsters
The Munsters Grandpa
(1964-2004)
Car 54, Where Are You?
Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Leo Schnauser / Al Spencer / Spencer
(1961-1963)
Used Cars
Used Cars Judge Harrison
(1980)

Filmography

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 2002 Night Terror
Father Hanlon
 1996 South Beach Academy
Uncle Gene
 1996 Fast Money
Poon
 1994 Piedras rodantes (Short)
 1993 The Garden
 1992 My Grandpa Is a Vampire
Vernon Cooger
 1990 Mathnet (TV Series)
Ring Announcer
- The Case of the Masked Avenger (1990) ... Ring Announcer
 1989 Fright House (Video)
Captain Levi (segment "Fright House")
 1988 Bum Rap
Mr. Wolfstadt
 1988 Married to the Mob
Uncle Joe Russo
 1988 Save the Dog! (TV Movie)
 1988 Grampa's Silly Scaries (Video short)
Grampa
 1988 Grampa Presents (Video)
Grampa
 1987 Comic Cabby
 1981 Best of the West (TV Series)
Judge
- The Hanging of Parker Tillman (1981) ... Judge
 1981 Taxi (TV Series)
Security Guard
- On the Job: Part 2 (1981) ... Security Guard
 1979 That's Life
 1978 Ring of Passion (TV Movie)
Mike Jacobs
 1975 White House Madness
Judge Cirrhosis
 1975 Coonskin
The Godfather (voice, uncredited)
 1974 Black Starlet
Sam Sharp
 1974 Death Wish
Guard at Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
 1973 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Lionel Barker
- Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers (1973) ... Lionel Barker
 1973 The Night Strangler (TV Movie)
Tramp
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Bernie (segment "Love and the Love Nest")
 1971 They Might Be Giants
Messenger
 1971 Green Acres (TV Series)
Charlie
- Star Witness (1971) ... Charlie
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Mishkin (segment "Make Me Laugh")
- Make Me Laugh/Clean Kills and Other Trophies (1971) ... Mishkin (segment "Make Me Laugh")
 1970 The Boatniks
Bert
 1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Harry Whipple
- Hit and Write (1968) ... Harry Whipple
 1967 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Zalto
- Rocket to Earth (1967) ... Zalto
 1965 Grampa's Sci-Fi Hits (Video)
Grampa
 1964 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
George Stevens, Cab Driver
- Call Me No Cabs (1964) ... George Stevens, Cab Driver
 1964 The World of Henry Orient
Store Owner
 1961-1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Walt / Joe / Gym Owner
- A Long Way from St. Louie (1963) ... Walt
- The Thin White Line (1961) ... Joe
- The Opponent (1961) ... Gym Owner
 1959-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Mr. Carrari / Mr. Tanner / Harry McGoglan / ...
- ..And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them!.. (1962) ... Mr. Tanner
- The Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street (1961) ... Harry McGoglan
- The Pedigree Sheet (1960) ... Gus (as Albert Lewis)
- The Canvas Bullet (1959) ... Bookie (uncredited)
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Sergeant Cross
- The Search (1962) ... Sergeant Cross
 1959-1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Paul Gordon
- Trouble-in-Law (1959) ... Paul Gordon (as Albert Lewis)
 1960 Pretty Boy Floyd
Machine Gun Manny
 1959 Brenner (TV Series)
Logan
- Thin Ice (1959) ... Logan
 1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Bruno / Mobster Bengal / Mike
- The Weekend Colonel (1959) ... Bruno
- Bilko's Casino (1959) ... Mobster Bengal (uncredited)
- Bilko's Credit Card (1959) ... Mike
 1957 Decoy (TV Series)
Chi Chi
- Queen of Diamonds (1957) ... Chi Chi (as Albert Lewis)
 1953 The Big Story (TV Series)
Willie
- Crime School ... Willie
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Around 1976 or 1977, appeared in the lead role of the musical play "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at the Tidewater Dinner Theatre, Norfolk, Virginia. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

'Grandpa' Al Lewis | Al 'Grandpa' Lewis | Albert Lewis | Grandpa Al Lewis

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on his most famous role, Grandpa Munster] The role of Grandpa is not complicated because you're wearing odd makeup or bizarre costumes. That's not what complicates a role. What makes Grandpa a little odd is the fact that he had no prototype. When I approached this role, I knew that whatever I was doing was original. So no director could say to me, "Listen, remember how he did it, this is how I ... See more »

Trivia:

Although he claimed to have a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University, the university has no record of it, under his stage name or his real name. See more »

Trademark:

Prominent large nose See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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