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Al Lewis

An American character actor best known for his role as Count Dracula lookalike "Grandpa", opposite Fred Gwynne's and Yvonne De Carlo's characters on the CBS television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966 and its subsequent film versions. Later in life, he was also a restaurant owner, political candidate, and radio broadcaster. His acting career begins the well-documented portion of his life. He worked in burlesque and vaudeville theaters, then on Broadway in the dramas The Night Circus (1958) and One More River (1960) and as the character Moe Shtarker in the musical comedy Do Re Mi (1962). His earliest television work includes appearances on the Beverly Garland crime drama Decoy and The Phil Silvers Show. From 1959–63, he appeared in four episodes of Naked City. Lewis' first well-known television role was as Officer Leo Schnauser on the NBC sitcom Car 54, Where Are You? from 1961–63, also starring Fred Gwynne (Lewis reprised the role in the 1994 movie of the same name). In the series, Lewis first played Al Spencer the Auto Body Man in two early first-season episodes before landing the more familiar role of Officer Schnauser. But he is best remembered as "Grandpa" on The Munsters, which ran on CBS from 1964–66. In 1967, Lewis played the part of Zalto the wizard in the Lost in Space episode, Rocket to Earth. His first role in a movie was as Machine Gun Manny in Pretty Boy Floyd (1960). He had small roles in The World of Henry Orient (1964), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), They Might Be Giants (1971). He appeared as Hanging Judge Harrison in Used Cars (1980) and had a minor role in Married to the Mob (1988). His last film role was in Night Terror (2002). Lewis was a recurring guest on The Howard Stern Show. In 1987, during a "Howard Stern Freedom Rally" against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that was broadcast live, Lewis repeatedly shouted "F*** the FCC!" until Stern was able to take the microphone away from him. Stern and the station were not punished for Lewis' comments. Unlike some actors, Lewis did not mind being typecast. He enjoyed acting out his "Grandpa" character—in the original costume—and got a surprising amount of mileage from such a short-lived role. "Why not?" he said. "It pays the bills." In 1991, he appeared as Grandpa Munster in an episode of Hi Honey, I'm Home on ABC. In 1991, he appeared in a low-budget New Zealand family movie called Grampire (My Grandpa Is a Vampire in the U.S. version), wearing much the same costume as he did in The Munsters. From 1987–89, Lewis hosted Super Scary Saturday on TBS in his Grandpa Munster outfit. This would later be parodied in Gremlins 2: The New Batch with the character of "Grandpa Fred" (Robert Prosky). [Biography from Wikipedia]

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Apr 30, 1923 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The United States Steel Hour 1953-10-27
Latest Project:
Movie Marineland Carnival: The Munsters Visit Marineland 2022
Known For
Poster of Married to the Mob
Poster of Used Cars
Poster of The Boatniks
Poster of A Hard Day's Night
Movie Marineland Carnival: The Munsters Visit Marineland Grandpa Munster 2022
Movie Goodbye, America Himself 2007-03-02
Movie Midnight Blue: Vol. 5: Porn King Unknown 2006-06-27
Movie Porn King: The Trials Of Al Goldstein 2005-01-05
Movie Ramones: Raw Himself 2004-09-28
Movie Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy Himself 2001-01-01
Movie South Beach Academy Uncle Gene 1996-09-24
Movie Car 54, Where Are You? Leo Schnauzer 1994-01-28
Series Baseball Voice 1994-09-18
Movie Al Lewis in the Flesh Unknown 1993-01-01
Movie Grampire Vernon Cooger 1991-06-01
Movie Coney Island Commentator 1991-02-04
Series Hi Honey, I'm Home! Unknown 1991-07-19
Movie Howard Stern's U.S. Open Sores Himself 1989-09-29
Movie Grampa's Sci-Fi Hits Grampa 1989-09-29
Movie Fright House Captain Levi 1989-10-16
Movie Grampa's More Silly Scaries Grampa 1989-10-12
Movie Married to the Mob Joe Russo 1988-08-19
Movie Save the Dog! 1988-03-18
Movie Grampa’s Monster Movies Grampa 1988-10-03
Movie Grampa's Silly Scaries Grampa 1988-10-12
Movie Bum Rap Mr. Wolfstadt 1988-09-26
Movie Comic Cabby 1987-01-02
Movie The Munsters' Revenge Grandpa Dracula 1981-01-01
Series Best of the West Unknown 1981-09-10
Movie Used Cars Judge Harrison 1980-07-11
Series Taxi Unknown 1978-09-12
Movie White House Madness Judge Cirrhosis 1975-01-01
Movie Death Wish Guard at Hotel Lobby 1974-07-24
Movie Black Starlet Sam Sharp 1974-12-01
Movie The Night Strangler Tramp 1973-01-16
Movie They Might Be Giants Messenger 1971-06-09
Movie The Boatniks Bert 1970-07-01
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Turkey 1969-12-10
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie Munster, Go Home! Grandpa Munster 1966-06-15
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Lost in Space Zalto 1965-09-15
Movie The World of Henry Orient Store Owner 1964-03-19
Movie A Hard Day's Night Gambler 1964-07-07
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series The Munsters Grandpa 1964-09-24
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie Pretty Boy Floyd Machine Gun Manny 1960-01-01
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Lust of the Vampire Assistant (uncredited) 1957-04-05
Series Decoy Unknown 1957-10-14
Series The Phil Silvers Show Unknown 1955-09-20
Series The United States Steel Hour Unknown 1953-10-27