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Joe E. Lewis (1902–1971)

Joe E. Lewis was born on January 12, 1902 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Klewan. He was an actor, known for Screen Snapshots 9860: Hollywood Friars Honor George Jessel (1948), The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and Private Buckaroo (1942). He was married to Martha Stewart. He died on June 4, 1971 in New York City. See full bio »

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 1942 Private Buckaroo
Lancelot Pringle McBiff
 1937 The Holy Terror
Pelican Beek
 1936 Private Number
Smiley Watson (as Joe Lewis)
 1931 Too Many Husbands (Short)
Joe Smith
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Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joe E. 'Copa' Lewis | Joe Lewis

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Ed Sullivan was a man who could brighten a room simply by leaving it. See more »


Victim of a botched mob hit in 1927, after refusing a request by Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn, an Al Capone lieutenant. McGurn asked Lewis to renew a contract that would bind him to performing at Chicago's Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. The Lounge (on Broadway and Lawrence, still operating in 2008) was partly owned by Capone. Lewis refused, because he had been offered more money by a rival gang to ... See more »

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