Born Albert Meister, 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 Grampa on The Munsters. Later, he opened an Italian restaurant called Grampa's in Greenwich Village, New York City.
He ran as Green Party candidate for governor of New York in 1998.
Al Lewis Facts
|Birth Name||Albert Meister|
|Birthday||April 30, 1910|
|Birthplace||New York, New York, USA|
|Date of death||February 3, 2006 (New York, New York, USA, age 95)|
|The Munsters: The Complete Series|
|Mr. Smith Goes to Washington|
|It's A Wonderful Life|
|An Affair To Remember|