Al Lewis

Al Lewis

Highest Rated: 89% Married to the Mob (1988)

Lowest Rated: 75% They Might Be Giants (1971)

Birthday: Apr 30, 1923

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

While few details of Al Lewis's beginnings are agreed upon, owing to his penchant for telling tall tales, what is verifiable is that he was a beloved character actor who is remembered mainly for his role as the endearing elderly vampire, Grandpa, on the TV sitcom "The Munsters" (1964-66). So whether or not his birth name was Albert or Alexander Meister, the actor was born in Brooklyn, the son of Eastern European immigrant garment workers, and started on the vaudeville stage and on Broadway in the late '50s. He was cast as Machine Gun Manny in the '60 feature gangster film "Pretty Boy Floyd" just as he was becoming better known as a comic actor on television's "The Phil Silvers Show" and the wildly popular cop sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?," starring Fred Gwynne, with whom he later appeared in "The Munsters." Other notable roles for Lewis include the acclaimed drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" ('69) and the film remake of "Car 54, Where Are You?" ('94). Lewis was also highly political and often appeared on Howard Stern's controversial radio programs advocating free speech. A year after appearing in the low-buget film "Night Terror," Lewis fell into a period of ill health and died at the age of 82.

Highest rated movies

Married to the Mob
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Used Cars
They Might Be Giants

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 23% South Beach Academy Uncle Gene (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 43% Here Come the Munsters Self - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Grandpa Is a Vampire Vernon Cooger (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fright House Captain Levi (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bum Rap Mr. Wolfstadt (Character) - 1989
89% 48% Married to the Mob Uncle Joe Russo (Character) $19.7M 1988
No Score Yet 73% The Munsters' Revenge Grandpa Dracula (Character) - 1981
77% 69% Used Cars Judge H. H. Harrison (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Passion Mike Jacobs (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 79% Coonskin The Godfather (Voice) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet White House Madness Judge Cirrhosis (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Starlet Sam Sharp (Character) - 1974
75% 75% They Might Be Giants Messenger (Character) - 1971
85% 89% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Turkey (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 69% Munster, Go Home Grandpa (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 75% Our Miss Brooks Director - 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Taxi Security Guard (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Harry Whipple (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet 57% Lost in Space Zalto (Guest Star) 1967
83% 83% The Munsters Grandpa Munster (Character) 1964-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Leo Schnauser (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1961-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Miss Brooks Director,
Writer,
Creator
1952-1956