Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1

    "Grandpa" Al Lewis RIP
    'Grandpa Munster' Al Lewis Dies at 95
    Feb 4, 4:56 PM EST
    Al Lewis, the cigar-chomping patriarch of "The Munsters" whose work as a basketball scout, restaurateur and political candidate never eclipsed his role as Grandpa from the television sitcom, died after years of failing health. He was 95.
    Lewis, with his wife at his bedside, passed away Friday night, said Bernard White, program director at WBAI-FM, where the actor hosted a weekly radio program. White made the announcement on the air during the Saturday slot where Lewis usually appeared.
    "To say that we will miss his generous, cantankerous, engaging spirit is a profound understatement," White said.
    Lewis, sporting a somewhat cheesy Dracula outfit, became a pop culture icon playing the irascible father-in-law to Fred Gwynne's ever-bumbling Herman Munster on the 1964-66 television show. He was also one of the stars of another classic TV comedy, playing Officer Leo Schnauzer on "Car 54, Where Are You?"
    But Lewis' life off the small screen ranged far beyond his acting antics. A former ballplayer at Thomas Jefferson High School, he achieved notoriety as a basketball talent scout familiar to coaching greats like Jerry Tarkanian and Red Auerbach.
    He operated a successful Greenwich Village restaurant, Grandpa's, where he was a regular presence chatting with customers, posing for pictures, signing autographs.
    Just two years short of his 90th birthday, a ponytailed Lewis ran as the Green Party candidate against incumbent Gov. George Pataki. Lewis campaigned against draconian drug laws and the death penalty, while going to court in a losing battle to have his name appear on the ballot as "Grandpa Al Lewis."
    He didn't defeat Pataki, but managed to collect more 52,000 votes.
    Lewis was born Alexander Meister in upstate New York before his family moved to Brooklyn, where the 6-foot-1 teen began a lifelong love affair with basketball. He later became a vaudeville and circus performer, but his career didn't take off until television did the same.
    Lewis, as Officer Schnauzer, played opposite Gwynne's Officer Francis Muldoon in "Car 54, Where Are You?" a comedy about a Bronx police precinct that aired from 1961-63.

    One year later, the duo appeared together in "The Munsters," taking up residence at the fictional 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
    The series, about a family of clueless creatures plunked down in middle America, was a success and ran through 1966. It forever locked Lewis in as the memorably twisted character; decades later, strangers would greet him on the street with shouts of "Grandpa!"
    Unlike some television stars, Lewis never complained about getting typecast and made appearances in character for decades.
    "Why would I mind?" he asked in a 1997 interview. "It pays my mortgage."
    Lewis rarely slowed down, opening his restaurant and hosting his WBAI radio program. At one point during the '90s, he was a frequent guest on the Howard Stern radio show, once sending the shock jock diving for the delay button by leading an undeniably obscene chant against the Federal Communications Commission.
    He also popped up in a number of movies, including the acclaimed "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "Married to the Mob." Lewis reprised his role of Schnauzer in the movie remake of "Car 54," and appeared as a guest star on television shows such as "Taxi," "Green Acres" and "Lost in Space."
    But in 2003, Lewis was hospitalized for an angioplasty. Complications during surgery led to an emergency bypass and the amputation of his right leg below the knee and all the toes on his left foot. Lewis spent the next month in a coma.
    A year later, he was back offering his recollections of a seminal punk band on the DVD "Ramones Raw."
    He is survived by his wife, Karen Ingenthron-Lewis, three sons and four grandchildren.
    [FONT=Book Antiqua]He passes to Moses - He shoots, he scores![/FONT]
    Mummy of the raincoat is a gigantic trollop.

  2. #2
    When I saw that yesterday, my reaction was, "Grandpa kicked a**."

    I recently saw him in the Kolchak film The Night Strangler playing a drunk. Of course, that film is from the 70s, but I was pleasantly surprised to see him in it.
    Back and more bearded than ever before

  3. #3
    Hats off to him, to make it to 95 years on this planet is something we can all only hope to wish for.

    I voted for him for governor when he ran in 98' on the Green Party Ticket. I remember when the reporters asked him what his platform was, his reply was "solid oak."
    "The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see, the future is. But this I am sure of - do their duty the Jedi will." --Yoda from Attack of the Clones.

  4. #4

  5. #5
    Registered Kidhuman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Dr. Ventures Yard Sale
    At least he led a full life at 95. R.I.P. Gramps.
    thanks Chux Turbo LBC Bobafrett Mtriv73 Rjarvis JF96 JT JMG FB Rogue2 Tycho Slicker Deoxy Caesar JontheJedi JJReason Brandon Solo JMS UK for great deals.
    SSG Pro Football Pick em and Bowl Pick em Champ 2006. 2007 NCAA Bracket Champ
    #24 - Gone but not forgotten

  6. #6
    Sad news, but I thought he'd died about 10-15 years ago.
    That's my jacket!

  7. #7
    oh well everyone has their time,

    excellent traders; Val Da Car, Dark Marble, Commtech and info from KidHuman
    Looking for: Master Replicas Darth Maul .45 scale full lightsaber & a 12" Grievous

  8. #8
    According to his son, he wasn't 95, he was 82. Still, an amazing personality that added great flavor to our society, he really felt like everybody's crazy grandpa, and his death is a sad loss.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    Kylo Ren - came from Space Brooklyn, although he moved to Space Williamsburg before it was trendy.

    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  9. #9
    I was surprised of this news as well. Not because he passed mine you, but because I thought he was already dead for some time now. You learn something new everyday. Now if only we all could last that long or possibly longer.
    Rogue Squadron-19 Golds, Battle For Naboo-18 Platinums, Rogue Leader-15 Golds/15 Aces, Rebel Strike-19 Single Golds/19 Single Aces
    James Boba Fettfield & Lord Malakite's Video Game Collection

  10. #10
    That sucks. Rocketboy and I have had an in-joke for the past 10 years or so regarding an infomercial "Grandpa" did. Pretty sad stuff.
    It's a blacked-out blur but I'm pretty sure it ruled.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO