Al Lewis (III) (1923–2006)

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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 Actor's Workshop in New York. Lewis worked in burlesque and ... See full bio »

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Super Scary Saturday Albert Einstein Grampa
Used Cars Judge Harrison
Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Leo Schnauser / Al Spencer


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 1964-2004 The Munsters (TV Series)
- My Fair Munster: Unaired Pilot 1 (2004) ... Grandpa
- My Fair Munster: Unaired Pilot 2 (1987) ... Grandpa
- A Visit from the Teacher (1966) ... Grandpa
- Herman's Lawsuit (1966) ... Grandpa
- Herman's Sorority Caper (1966) ... Grandpa
 2002 Night Terror
Father Hanlon
 1996 South Beach Academy
Uncle Gene
 1996 Fast Money
 1995 Here Come the Munsters (TV Movie)
Restaurant Guest
 1994 Piedras rodantes (Short)
 1994 Car 54, Where Are You?
Leo Schnauzer
 1993 The Garden
Holocaust survivor
 1992 My Grandpa Is a Vampire
Vernon Cooger
 1991 Hi Honey, I'm Home (TV Series)
Grandpa Munster
- Grey Skies (1991) ... Grandpa Munster
 1990 Mathnet (TV Series)
Ring Announcer
- The Case of the Masked Avenger (1990) ... Ring Announcer
 1989 Grampa's More Silly Scaries (Video)
 1989 Fright House (Video)
Captain Levi (segment "Fright House")
 1988 Grampa's Monster Movies (Video)
 1988 Grampa's Silly Scaries (Video)
 1988 Grampa Presents (Video)
 1988 Super Scary Saturday (TV Series)
Albert Einstein Grampa
- War of the Gargantuas (1988) ... Albert Einstein Grampa
 1988 Bum Rap
Mr. Wolfstadt
 1988 Married to the Mob
Uncle Joe Russo
 1988 Save the Dog! (TV Movie)
 1987 Comic Cabby
 1981 Best of the West (TV Series)
- The Hanging of Parker Tillman (1981) ... Judge
 1981 Taxi (TV Series)
Security Guard
- On the Job: Part 2 (1981) ... Security Guard
 1981 The Munsters' Revenge (TV Movie)
Grandpa Dracula
 1980 Used Cars
Judge Harrison
 1979 That's Life
 1978 Ring of Passion (TV Movie)
Mike Jacobs
 1975 White House Madness
Judge Cirrhosis
 1975 Coonskin
The Godfather (voice, uncredited)
 1974 Black Starlet
 1974 Death Wish
Guard at Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
 1973 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Lionel Barker
- Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers (1973) ... Lionel Barker
 1973 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (TV Series)
Grandpa Munster
- The Mini-Munsters (1973) ... Grandpa Munster (voice)
 1973 The Night Strangler (TV Movie)
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Bernie (segment "Love and the Love Nest")
 1971 They Might Be Giants
 1971 Green Acres (TV Series)
- Star Witness (1971) ... Charlie
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Mishkin (segment "Make Me Laugh")
- Make Me Laugh/Clean Kills and Other Trophies (1971) ... Mishkin (segment "Make Me Laugh")
 1970 The Boatniks
 1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Harry Whipple
- Hit and Write (1968) ... Harry Whipple
 1967 Lost in Space (TV Series)
- Rocket to Earth (1967) ... Zalto
 1966 Munster, Go Home!
 1965 Grampa's Sci-Fi Hits (Video)
 1964 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
George Stevens, Cab Driver
- Call Me No Cabs (1964) ... George Stevens, Cab Driver
 1964 The World of Henry Orient
Store Owner
 1961-1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Walt / Joe / Gym Owner
- A Long Way from St. Louie (1963) ... Walt
- The Thin White Line (1961) ... Joe
- The Opponent (1961) ... Gym Owner
 1959-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Mr. Carrari / Mr. Tanner / Harry McGoglan / ...
- ..And If Any Are Frozen, Warm Them!.. (1962) ... Mr. Tanner
- The Corpse Ran Down Mulberry Street (1961) ... Harry McGoglan
- The Pedigree Sheet (1960) ... Gus (as Albert Lewis)
- The Canvas Bullet (1959) ... Bookie (uncredited)
 1961-1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Officer Leo Schnauser / Al Spencer
- The Curse of the Snitkins (1963) ... Officer Leo Schnauser
- Puncher & Judy (1963) ... Officer Leo Schnauser
- The Loves of Sylvia Schnauser (1963) ... Officer Leo Schnauser
- Lucille Is 40 (1963) ... Officer Leo Schnauser
- Joan Crawford Didn't Say No (1963) ... Officer Leo Schnauser
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Sergeant Cross
- The Search (1962) ... Sergeant Cross
 1960 Pretty Boy Floyd
Machine Gun Manny
 1959-1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Bartender / Paul Gordon
- Queen of the Orange Bowl (1960) ... Bartender
- Trouble-in-Law (1959) ... Paul Gordon (as Albert Lewis)
 1959 Brenner (TV Series)
- Thin Ice (1959) ... Logan
 1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Bruno / Mobster Bengal / Mike
- The Weekend Colonel (1959) ... Bruno
- Bilko's Casino (1959) ... Mobster Bengal (uncredited)
- Bilko's Credit Card (1959) ... Mike
 1957 Decoy (TV Series)
Chi Chi
- Queen of Diamonds (1957) ... Chi Chi (as Albert Lewis)
 1957 Lust of the Vampire
Assistant (uncredited)
 1953 The Big Story (TV Series)
- Crime School ... Willie
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio commercial as Grandpa Munster for Perkin's Family Restaurants See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

'Grandpa' Al Lewis | Al 'Grandpa' Lewis | Albert Lewis | Grandpa Al Lewis


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[on his most famous role, Grandpa Munster] The role of Grandpa is not complicated because you're wearing odd makeup or bizarre costumes. That's not what complicates a role. What makes Grandpa a little odd is the fact that he had no prototype. When I approached this role, I knew that whatever I was doing was original. So no director could say to me, "Listen, remember how he did it, this is how I ... See more »


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. See more »


Will be forever known as "Grandpa" See more »

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