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  • Mr.DooDah
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    Grandpa has died...

    Al Lewis a.k.a. Grandpa Munster has died ...
    This is still breaking news...

    NEW YORK - 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.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10663259/

    He will be missed. I grew up watching him on tv's The Munsters.
    Im sad.

  • bejeweledcat
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    Just to add to the mystery, here is the SciFi Wire obit.


    'Grandpa Munster' Lewis Is Dead

    Al Lewis, the vampire patriarch of TV's The Munsters, died Feb. 3 after years of failing health, the Associated Press reported. He was 82.

    Lewis, who was most famous for playing Grandpa Munster in the 1960s monster sitcom, died with his wife at his bedside, 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, the AP reported.

    Lewis 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.

    Lewis also achieved notoriety as a basketball talent scout; operated a successful Greenwich Village restaurant, Grandpa's; and even ran unsuccessfully as the Green Party candidate against incumbent New York governor George Pataki in 1998.

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  • Lost Boy
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    I watched the orignal Car 54 Where Are You when it was first broadcast and the both were so funny in that. But they worked best in Munsters. I still get a kick out of watching the reruns whenever Nick at Night runs them. Great stuff.

    Grandpa, you were the best. :bow: And you are missed. :crybye:

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  • Xharryb
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    :crybye: RIP Grandpa....

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  • bejeweledcat
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    According to IMDB:

    Birth Name: Albert Meister

    Birth Date: April 30, 1910

    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 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 homebase of New York City. His most famous regular TV roles were Officer Leo Schnauser on "Car 54, Where Are You?" and Grandpa on "The Munsters". 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.

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  • aimster
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    Originally posted by Radiobarry
    A bit of trivia...The Munsters was the second sit-com that Al Lewis and Fred Gwynne starred in.
    Anyone old enough to remember Officer Francis Muldoon (Gwynne) and Officer Leo Schnauser (Lewis) in "Car 54 Where Are You?"
    I used to watch Reruns of "Car 54" on Nick at Nite back in the 80's.

    Oh and if Grandpa was bor in in 1923, then that would have made him 83 (or 82 if his birthday hasn't rolled around yet).

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  • Radiobarry
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    A bit of trivia...The Munsters was the second sit-com that Al Lewis and Fred Gwynne starred in.
    Anyone old enough to remember Officer Francis Muldoon (Gwynne) and Officer Leo Schnauser (Lewis) in "Car 54 Where Are You?"
    PS...AliasD might know more about this than I do...but it's not uncommon to hear conflicting ages when it comes to Hollywood types, women more often...sometimes it depends on what birthdate they used when going after different jobs and such...

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  • Barbossa
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    Originally posted by PanTheMan
    Everything I have read he was 95. I too loved that show.
    CNN has conflicting reports about his age. In one story it says he was 82, in another story on CNN it says he's 83. And over on Yahoo the stories say he's 95. But this little blurb in one of the CNN articles may shed some light on this:
    The actor was widely reported to have been born in 1910, but his son Ted Lewis said Saturday that his father was born in 1923.

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  • PanTheMan
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    Everything I have read he was 95. I too loved that show.

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  • Barbossa
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    There's something I don't get. CNN has his age as 83 and Yahoo reported his age as 95. Anybody know how old he was?

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  • Mr.DooDah
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    Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum
    July 2, 1993. My Cousin Vinny was his final role.

    Yvonne DeCarlo (Lilly) is still around, though she hasn't made a film appearance since 1995.
    She was great in "Moses" I love that vampira in the desert look.

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  • FrumiousBoojum
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    Originally posted by Disney Wrassler
    Wait Herman died to? That sucks!!!
    July 2, 1993. My Cousin Vinny was his final role.

    Yvonne DeCarlo (Lilly) is still around, though she hasn't made a film appearance since 1995.

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  • Disney Wrassler
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    Originally posted by FrumiousBoojum
    Grandpa and Herman finally reunited.
    Wait Herman died to? That sucks!!!

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  • PrincessY
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    Munsters was never one of my favorite shows, but Al Lewis did a wonderful job. RIP Grandpa.

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  • FrumiousBoojum
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    Grandpa and Herman finally reunited.

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  • bejeweledcat
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    His delicious eccentricities will be missed. He was a true character who loved his fans as much as we loved him. I think I'll wear some black and maybe some of my halloween jewelry today in his honor.

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  • BugsBunny
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    Very sad. He had many generations of fans.

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  • pixywingz
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    always makes me feel like a little piece of my childhood gets erased...like an etch-a-sketch...when one of these people leaves this earth...
    i'm sad too...

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  • Radiobarry
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    A great actor in many respects... I loved him in the Munsters too...I suspect TV Land will have a tribute one of these soon days...

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