The man behind the Grampa Munster mystique has died. Actor Al Lewis was born in 1923 and began appearing on television in the late 1950s. His first big break was on Car 54, Where Are You? (1961-63) but is fondly remembered by a generation of fans as Grandpa on The Munsters (1964-66). Not only an actor, Lewis was active in politics and owned a restaurant in New York, appropriately called Grampa’s.
Lewis played auctioneer Mr. Gegenfurtner in the 1980 television adaptation of The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn.
Lewis died Saturday, February 3 at age 82.