Al Lewis

Birthday: Oct 25, 1912
Birthplace: Not Available
There is more to character actor Al Lewis than meets the eye. Best known to baby boomers for playing the roles of Officer Schnauzer in Car 54 Where Are You? and Grandpa in The Munsters, he holds a doctorate in child psychology from Columbia University, has penned two children's books, produced a kid-oriented home video, and once hosted a series of Saturday morning television shows on WTBS. He has also been a circus performer, a school teacher, and a vaudevillian. Lewis became an actor after earning his degree, teaching, and writing his books. He studied with the Paul Mann Actor's Workshop in New York. On television, he first appeared in "Trouble-In-Law" on The U.S. Steel Hour (1959). The following year, Lewis appeared in the feature film Naked City and then was cast opposite Fred Gwynne in Car 54, Where Are You? The show ran until 1963 and within a year, he was playing the vampiric Grandpa against Gwynne's Frankenstein, Herman Munster. Though The Munsters lasted two years, it has developed a cult following and has re-aired endlessly in syndication and spawned a feature-length sequel, Munster Go Home (1964), and a made-for-TV reunion movie, Munster's Revenge (1981). In 1994, he reprised his role as Schnauzer for the TV-movie version of Car 54 Where Are You? Lewis has gone on to continue making occasional guest appearances on television and a sporadic movie career. In addition to his other endeavors, Lewis has been a high school basketball scout and the owner of a restaurant in New York.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
69% Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy Actor 2001
No Score Yet South Beach Academy Uncle Gene 1996
No Score Yet Fast Money Poon 1995
0% Car 54, Where Are You? Leo Schnauzer 1994
No Score Yet My Grandpa Is a Vampire Vernon Cooger 1991
No Score Yet Fright House Capt. Levi 1989
89% Married to the Mob Uncle Joe Russo 1988
No Score Yet Comic Cabby Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Munsters' Revenge Actor 1981
77% Used Cars Judge Harrison 1980
No Score Yet The Way He Was Actor 1976
No Score Yet White House Madness Judge Cirrhosis 1975
73% They Might Be Giants Messenger 1971
No Score Yet The Boatniks Bert 1970
82% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Turkey 1969
No Score Yet Munster, Go Home Grandpa Munster 1966
90% The World of Henry Orient Store Owner 1964
No Score Yet Pretty Boy Floyd Machine Gun Manny 1960
No Score Yet Our Miss Brooks Director 1956

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Taxi
1978-1983
Night Watchman
  • 1981
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Charlie
  • 1971
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Mishkin
  • 1971
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Zalton
  • 1967
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Grandpa Grandpa Munster
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964

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