Al Lewis

Al Lewis

82 (passed away Feb. 3rd, 2006)
Apr. 30th, 1923
Born in
New York City, New York, USA

Al Lewis' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Munsters TV Show
The Munsters
Car 54, Where are You? TV Show
Car 54, Where are You?
Best of the West TV Show
Best of the West

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


In the late 1920s, Lewis worked as a circus performer, but ultimately decided on college, earning a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University. He taught school and wrote two children's books. In 1949, at the suggestion of a friend, Lewis turned to acting and joined the Paul Mann (I) Actor's Workshop in New York. Lewis worked in burlesque and vaudeville theaters across the country, which eventually led to Broadway. By the 1950s, television was booming, and Lewis took advantage of the work appearing on almost every live show out of his home base of New York City. His most famous regular TV roles were Officer Leo Schnauser on "Car 54, Where Are You?" (1961) and Grandpa on "The Munsters" (1964). When these shows ended, he opened a restaurant in New York called "Grampa's" in Greenwich Village. He has since produced a home video for children and appeared on WTBS in a series of Saturday morning programs for children.

  • Former basketball player at Thomas Jefferson High School, achieved notoriety as a basketball talent scout.
  • He claims to have read a different book every day of his life.
  • was a hot dog vendor at Ebbets Field, the former ballpark for the then Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • Has three sons and four grandchildren.
  • Although he claimed to have a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University, the university has no record of it, under his stage name or his real name.
  • Had a local New York City radio show up until his death in 2006.
  • Worked as a salesman, waiter, pool room owner, store detective, circus clown and vaudeville performer.
  • June 30, 2003: Had his third angioplasty at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Complications developed, necessitating the amputation of his right leg below the knee and the toes on his left foot.

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