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Les Podewell (1907–1998)

Lester Burton Podewell was born on November 3, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the son of Edwin L. Podewell (1881-1964) and Anna B. Birkgit (1881-1961). He met actress Beverly Ruth Younger (1915-1999) in the Eugene O'Neill play, The Straw, in which they both had roles. They married later that year in 1937. He was a Chicago actor who starred with ... See full bio »

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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day Old Man
Only the Lonely
Equinox Jerome Hamner
Blink Old Man


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 1994 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
- Over the Rainbow (1994) ... Jerry
 1993 Blink
Old Man
 1992 Equinox
Jerome Hamner
 1991 Only the Lonely
 1990 Meet the Applegates
Mr. Goodpastor
 1989 Dream Breakers (TV Movie)
Elevator Starter
 1987 A Conspiracy of Love (TV Movie)
Buzzy (as Lester Podewell)
 1985 Code of Silence
 1985 Two Fathers' Justice (TV Movie)
 1983 Heart of Steel (TV Movie)
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Grandpa / Les
- Who Am I This Time? (1982) ... Les
 1979 Mark Twain: Beneath the Laughter (TV Movie)
Tom Nash
 1969 Gaily, Gaily
Minister (as Les Podwell)
 1962 Night of Evil (as Les Podwell)
 1957 Mr. B Natural (Short)
Mr. Turner (Buzz's father) (uncredited)
 1950 Studs' Place (TV Series)
 1947 Are You Popular? (Short)
Mr. Ames (as Lester Podewell)

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Alternate Names:

Lester Podewell | Les Podwell

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In Tennessee Williams' last play, A House Not Meant to Stand, Podewell's portrayal of a neighbor was deemed marvelous by Williams. The 1980 play at Chicago's Goodman Theater featured Podewell as "a lecher with the addled plans to build a Night of Glory motel.". See more »

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