Al Lewis

Al Lewis


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



Birth Name

Alexander Meister



Also Known As

Alexander Meister, Albert Lewis, Grandpa Al Lewis
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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


Trivia and Quotes

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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.

  • Funny and charming!

    I grew up with the Munsters as a kid back in Miami where I lived at the time. As I think that he stole the show and the scenes with all of the cast. Think that he was the breakout star and again, like one person on this board says. He will be missed. Indeed he will be missed but thank goodness to technology and also thanks that the shows were being saved. The Munsters will live on and Grandpa will indeed be part of that. Grandpa Lewis as we would love to rememember him and much, much, more! Gave us so many laughs and just really seemed to be a well-liked person in real life.moreless
  • Al Lewis' Grandpa was and will always the most unique interpretation of the Dracula character since Bram Stoker first created him.

    Forever Grandpa. Al (Grandpa) Lewis


    Al Lewis died at the age of 95. Even though it is natural to mourn his loss, let us not forget that this man had a full life. He was a circus performer, college basketball scout, restaurateur (Grampa's, in Greenwich Village), political candidate, author of two children's books, received a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University and of course an actor.

    Mr. Lewis will always be best remembered as Herman Munsters’ (Fred Gwynne) broken down, freeloading, old, father in-law Sam Dracula more affectionately known as Grandpa. Over the summer I wrote an article (The Beauty of The Munsters & The Addams Family) where I did a comparison contrast of the two shows. Of Al Lewis I said, "Al Lewis' Grandpa was and will always the most unique interpretation of the Dracula character since Bram Stoker first created him. Again I don't know where Al Lewis begins and Grandpa AKA The Count AKA Sam Dracula (I guess the guys at Ellis Island could not spell Vladimir) ends. Like Dracula he has found immortality. On April 30th he turned 95 years old."

    Good Night Grandpa, I thought you would be around forever, and thanks to reruns you will.

    To quote Al Lewis in an interview for The Shadow titled The Many Faces of Grandpa Munster, "The stage is yours. But find something that you absolutely love doing. And then get to love the way you do it. That's the uniqueness of all of us. That's it. Albert Einstein, one of my favorites, said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." And if that cat say it, it's good enough for me".

    Stay Tuned

    Tony Figueroamoreless