- NAME: Al Lewis
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Entrepreneur
- BIRTH DATE: April 30, 1923
- DEATH DATE: February 03, 2006
- EDUCATION: Thomas Jefferson High School, Oswego State Teachers College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wolcott, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Roosevelt Island, New York
- Originally: Alexander Meister
- AKA: Al Lewis
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Al Lewis was an entertainer who was best known for his role as Grandpa, the elderly vampire in a family of monsters, in the 1964 sitcom The Munsters.
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The actor would continue appearing in films, including They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969), and on television in shows such as Green Acres (1971), Taxi (1981) and Here Come the Munsters (1995).
But Lewis wasn't just a character actor; he also ran a successful Italian restaurant, Grandpa's, in New York City's Greenwich Village, and ran as the Green Party candidate against New York Governor George Pataki in 1998. Lewis lost the election, but he took 52,
000 votes -- about 1 percent of the election total. After his loss, Lewis continued to work as an advocate for prison reform, the legalization of marijuana and the end of police brutality.
Lewis died on Roosevelt Island, New York, on February 3, 2006, after complications from heart surgery. Media outlets initially claimed the actor was 95. But after Lewis' second wife discovered several official documents verifying his true birth date, it was revealed that the star was only 82. His family later contended that the white lie occurred in 1964, when Lewis was vying for the role of Grandpa.
Lewis was younger than actress Yvonne De Carlo, the woman who was to play his daughter on the show. Worried that he might lose the job for that reason, Lewis' family members say he aged himself to get the part. The falsehood soon became the truth that Lewis would live for the rest of his life.
Lewis married Marge Domowitz in 1956. The couple had three sons before their divorce in 1977. In 1984 he married actress Karen Ingenthron, who remained his wife until his death.
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