Robert Lewis (I) (1909–1997)


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Robert Lewis was one of the original members of the Group Theatre in the 1930s and co-founder of the Actors Studio in 1947. He was active as a character actor in Hollywood for only a brief period, under contract first to Fox Studios and then MGM. Though he went on to appear in and direct Hollywood musicals, Lewis preferred the stage, eventually ... See full bio »

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Ziegfeld Follies Chinese Gentleman ('Limehouse Blues' / Telephone Voice ('Number Please')
(1945)
Monsieur Verdoux Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend
(1947)
Anything Goes Director
(1956)
Dragon Seed Capt. Sato
(1944)

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 1988 Hawken's Breed
Tackett's Gang
 1973 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Crony I
- Maid for Each Other (1973) ... Crony I (as Buddy Lewis)
 1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Maurice Bottello - Verdoux's Friend
 1945 The Hidden Eye
Stormvig
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Chinese Gentleman ('Limehouse Blues' / Telephone Voice ('Number Please')
 1945 The Last Installment (Short)
Kovak (as Bob Lewis)
 1945 Son of Lassie
Sergeant Schmidt
 1944 Dragon Seed
Capt. Sato
 1943 Paris After Dark
Col. Pirosh
 1943 Bomber's Moon
Priest (scenes deleted)
 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
Maurice Bonnard
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Other Works:

He played Clayton in Clifford Odets' play, "Waiting for Lefty," in a Group Theater Company production at the Selwyn Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Morris Carnovsky (Harry Fatt); Art Smith (Joe); Ruth Nelson (Edna); Tony Kraber (Miller); Louis Leverett (Irv); Phoebe Brand (Florrie); Jules Garfield (Sid); Elia Kazan (Keller); ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bobby Lewis | Bob Lewis | Buddy Lewis
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One of the founders of the Actors' Studio, he eventually became highly critical of the "Method" because, according to Lewis, and contrary to the teachings of the great Konstantin Stanislavski (founder of "Method" acting), it came to emphasize raw emotion at the expense of basic acting techniques such as clear enunciation and, by doing this, discouraged many otherwise excellent actors from ever ... See more »

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