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Les Podewell (I) (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 Old Man
The Naked Face Old Man
Code of Silence Coroner


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 1994 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
- Over the Rainbow (1994) ... Jerry
 1993 Blink
Old Man
 1993 Groundhog Day
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)
 1984 The Naked Face
Old Man
 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)
 1947 Are You Popular? (Short)
Mr. Ames (as Lester Podewell)
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 1950 Studs' Place (TV Series)
- Episode dated 17 August 1950 (1950) ... Self
- Episode dated 10 August 1950 (1950) ... Self
- Episode dated 6 July 1950 (1950) ... Self
- Episode dated 29 June 1950 (1950) ... Self

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Lester Podewell | Les Podwell

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With the advent of TV, Lester did a two-year stint as the announcer for WLS-TV's Perspectives and appeared regularly on the local show Hawkins Falls. In the 1960s, Mr. Podewell taught at Patricia Stevens Career College. He also performed in local theater, including Sam Shepard's Fool for Love at Steppenwolf, The Sunshine Boys at Pheasant Run, and Arsenic and Old Lace at Arlington Park Theater ... See more »

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