Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Al "Grampa" Lewis...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Al Lewis (April 30, 1923 [1] – February 3, 2006) was an American actor best known for his role as "Grandpa" on the television series The Munsters. Later in life, he was also a restaurant owner, political candidate, and radio broadcaster.

From 1987 to 1989 Lewis hosted an afternoon horror movie show on the Turner Broadcasting network in his Grandpa Munster outfit.

One of my fondest TV memories was watching The Munsters when I was a kid. Of course Herman was my favorite back then, but I really liked Grampa. Al Lewis was a unique character on and off the screen. The main reason for this post was remembering Al Lewis as the host of an afternoon horror movie show on TBS from 1987 - 1989. I was in a retro mood and searched old TV horror shows and a link came up with old TV horror movie host and there was old "Grampa". The show featured mainly old, sometimes campy horror movies and it was on Saturday afternoons. I was around 30 years of age then and watched it when I wasn't working. I really enjoy the old horror classics. Al Lewis was on the old show "Car 54, Where Are You?" Didn't watch this a lot... I was only 4 years old, but I remember seeing the show a few times. He played with Fred Gwynne who he would later hook up with in the classic The Munsters. His politics were out there. He ran for governor of NY in 1998 for the Green Party. He was on the Howard Stern Show often and had his own radio show for a while. Very colorful man indeed. Just a quick look back to some of the things I remember as a kid. Al Lewis died in 2006. Very interesting man... there's a video tribute at the end of my post.

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Anonymous said...

This used to be one of my fave. shows when I was a little girl!

frgodbeyjr said...

It was always a sure thing for a few laughs... Herman was the man!