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Al Lewis



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% They Might Be Giants
  • Messenger
2006
69% Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Howard Stern: Shut Up and Listen!
  • Actor
1997
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
91% Married to the Mob
  • Uncle Joe Russo
1988
No Score Yet Comic Cabby
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The Munsters' Revenge
  • Actor
1981
75% Used Cars
  • Judge Harrison
1980
No Score Yet The Way He Was
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet White House Madness
  • Judge Cirrhosis
1975
No Score Yet The Boatniks
  • Bert
1970
84% They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • Turkey
1969
No Score Yet Munster, Go Home
  • Grandpa Munster
1966
89% 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

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