Al Lewis

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Al Lewis

Born

4/30/1923, New York ,New York, USA

Died

2/3/2006

Birth Name

Alexander Meister

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Grandpa Al Lewis, Albert Lewis, Alexander Meister
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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…more

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    • Al: (On why he didn't complain about getting typecast and appearing on shows) Why would I mind? It pays my mortgage.

    • Al: The role of Grandpa is not complicated because you're wearing odd makeup or bizarre costumes. That's not what complicates a role. What makes Grandpa a little odd is the fact that he had no prototype. When I approached this role, I knew that whatever I was doing was original. So no director could say to me, "Listen, remember how he did it, this is how I want it done." I worked very hard creating that character. I made those lines work. The walk and the posture all fit the character. As to the character itself, you might say that Grandpa was a kind of Dracula-type Major Hoople.

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