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Al Lewis
Birth: Apr. 30, 1923
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 2006
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Actor. Best known for the role of Grandpa Munster on the classic 1960s television series "The Munsters." Born Albert Meister in NYC, he worked as a circus performer in the late 1920s before earning a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University in 1941. In 1949, Lewis returned to acting, working in burlesque and vaudeville theaters before appearing on Broadway in the 1950s. Lewis' first well-known television role was as Officer Leo Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You?, although he is best remembered as Grandpa on The Munsters. Later, he opened an Italian restaurant called "Grandpa's" in Greenwich Village, New York City. A progressive activist, he hosted a politically oriented radio show on WBAI-FM, and ran as Green Party candidate for governor of New York in 1998. In that race he sought to be listed on the ballot as "Grandpa Al Lewis", arguing that he was most widely known by that name. His request was rejected by the Board of Elections, a decision upheld in court against his challenge. Despite this setback, he achieved one of his campaign objectives. His total of 52,533 votes, because it exceeded the threshold of 50,000 votes set by New York law, guaranteed the Green Party an automatic ballot line for the succeeding four years. Despite his age, Lewis continued to act and make public appearances until very shortly before his death. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia) 

Cause of death: Natural causes
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes placed in his favorite cigar box
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John Wright
Record added: Feb 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13223693
Al Lewis
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Al Lewis
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God Bless a very intelligent and talented man. I loved you in the munsters. R.I.P
- julie
 Added: Sep. 21, 2017
Al, to one of the sweetest and funniest men we were ever blessed with to watch and enjoy. Never missed one of your shows on "The Munsters". Rest In Heavenly Peace Al.
- Billy R. Edgar
 Added: Aug. 11, 2017
Dear Sir your life was so full and interesting, we do miss you. But never ever forgotten. RIP!
 Added: Aug. 8, 2017
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