Geoffrey Lewis (actor)

Geoffrey Bond Lewis (July 31, 1935 – April 7, 2015) was an American character actor.[2] He appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, and was principally known for his film roles alongside Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford.[3] He typically portrayed villains or quirky characters. He played a bodyguard in the Jean-Claude van Damme film Double Impact.

Geoffrey Lewis
Born
Geoffrey Bond Lewis

(1935-07-31)July 31, 1935
DiedApril 7, 2015(2015-04-07) (aged 79)
OccupationActor
Years active1953–2015
Spouse(s)
  • Glenis Batley
    (m. 1973; div. 1975)
  • Tracy Darroll
    (m. 1977; div. 1984)
  • Paula Hochhalter (m. 1991)
Children8, including Juliette Lewis

Life and career

Lewis was born July 31, 1935, in Plainfield, New Jersey, but spent much of his youth in Wrightwood, California. He took acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City and performed off-Broadway and at regional theaters in Massachusetts.[4] He tried breaking into Hollywood in the 1960s.[5]

Lewis appeared in TV series such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, Mork & Mindy, Lou Grant, Mama's Family, Magnum, P.I., The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote, The X-Files, Highway to Heaven and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 1979, he appeared in Salem's Lot. He also played opposite Polly Holliday in the Alice spin-off Flo (1980–81)[5] for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.[4] His film credits include such movies as Down in the Valley, The Butcher, Maverick, and When Every Day Was the Fourth of July. In the '95-'96, 22-episode run of series Land's End (TV series), he co-starred with Fred Dryer.

Lewis worked frequently with actor-director Clint Eastwood in several films including Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Pink Cadillac, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, Every Which Way But Loose, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, and High Plains Drifter.[5][6]

In the 1980s, Lewis was also a member of musical storytelling group Celestial Navigations with musician and songwriter Geoff Levin.[7]

Personal life

Lewis was married three times and had eight children.[1]

On April 7, 2015, he died of a heart attack at age 79 in his Woodland Hills residence.[1]

Filmography (partial)

YearTitleRoleNotes
1963The Fat Black PussycatMan in ParkUncredited
1971The Todd KillingsMr. Carpenter's sonUncredited
1971Welcome Home, Soldier BoysFrancis Rapture, Motel Owner
1972The Culpepper Cattle Co.Russ
1972Moon of the WolfLawrence Burrifors
1972Bad CompanyHobbs
1973High Plains DrifterStacey Bridges
1973DillingerHarry Pierpont
1973My Name is NobodyLeader of the Wild Bunch
1974Thunderbolt and LightfootEddie Goody
1974Macon County LineHamp
1975The Great Waldo PepperNewt
1975The Wind and the LionSamuel Gummere
1975SmileWilson-Shears
1975Lucky LadyCapt. Mosely
1976The Return of a Man Called HorseZenas
1976Little House on the PrairieSam Galendarepisode Bully Boys
1977Hawaii Five-OCommander Nolanepisode Deep Cover
1978Shoot the Sun DownScalphunter
1978Silver Saddle2 Strike Snake
1978Every Which Way But LooseOrville Boggs
1979CentennialSheriff Bogardus
1979TiltTruck Driver
1979Human ExperimentsDoctor Hans R. Kline
1979The Jericho MileDr. Bill Janowski
1979Salem's LotMike Ryerson
1980Tom HornWalter Stoll
1980Bronco BillyJohn Arlington
1980Heaven's GateTrapper Fred
1980Any Which Way You CanOrville Boggs
1982I, the JuryJoe Butler
1982The Shadow RidersMajor Cooper Ashbury
198310 to MidnightDave Dante
1983Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.Janus
1984Night of the CometCarter
1985Lust in the DustHard Case Williams
1985StitchesRalph Rizzo
1986AnnihilatorProf. Alan Jeffries
1987The Golden GirlsChuckepisode Empty Nests
1988Time OutMr. Steve Smith
1988Out of the DarkDennis
1989Fletch LivesKKK Leader
1989Pink CadillacRicky Z
1989Catch Me If You CanMr. Johnson
1989Tango & CashCaptain SchroederUncredited
1990DisturbedMichael Kahn
1991Double ImpactFrank Avery
1992The Lawnmower ManTerry McKeen
1992WishmanHitchcock the Genie
1993Point of No ReturnDrugstore Owner
1993Joshua TreeSheriff Cepeda
1993The Man Without a FaceChief Wayne Stark
1993Only the StrongKerrigan
1994White Fang 2: Myth of the White WolfHeath
1994National Lampoon's Last ResortRex Carver
1994MaverickMatthew Wicker / Eugene, Banker
1994The Dragon GateShin'ichi
1996An Occasional @#!*%Draper Jewett
1997American PerfektWilly
1997Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilLuther Driggers
1999Five AcesSloan
1999Cousin SkeeterZeek
2000The Prophet's GameGuest #1
2000The Way of the GunAbner Mercer
2000Highway 395
2001SunstormBrowner
2002A Light in the DarknessStanley Melnick
2002The New GuyPrincipal Zaylor
2003Mind GamesMelvin Reeves
2003A Painted HouseMr. Spruill
2004BlueberryGreg Sullivan(released in USA on DVD as Renegade)
2004PlainsongRaymond McPheronHallmark TV movie
2005Social GuidanceLucky Marshall
2005Down in the ValleySheridan
2005The Devil's RejectsRoy Sullivan
2006FingerprintsKeeler
2006Wicked Little ThingsHarold
2007Cold OnesFelton Jones
2007Moving McAllisterCrazy Old MartinUncredited
2008I Am Somebody: No Chance in HellLewis
2008Thomas Kinkade's Christmas CottageButch
2009The ButcherNaylor
2010Pickin' & Grinnin'Cletus
2010Miss NobodyMr. Ketchum
2012Mommy's Little MonsterStanley Melnick
2016Retreat!Sullivan
2017High and OutsideLen Harding(final film role)

References

  1. Slotnik, Daniel E. (April 9, 2015). "Geoffrey Lewis, Actor in Clint Eastwood Films, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  2. "Geoffrey Lewis – Filmography". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03.
  3. Reyes, Traciy (April 8, 2015). "Geoffrey Lewis, Dead: Actor Known For Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood Movies Dies At Woodland Hills Home". Inquisitr. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  4. Chawkins, Steve (April 8, 2015). "Geoffrey Lewis dies at 79; actor in several Clint Eastwood movies". Los Angeles Times.
  5. Geoffrey Lewis on IMDb
  6. Geoffrey Lewis profile, New York Times; accessed April 8, 2015. Archived November 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Barnes, Mike (April 7, 2015). "Geoffrey Lewis, Frequent Co-Star of Clint Eastwood, Dies at 79". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
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