in America: A Call to Greatness (1995)
|Born||Christopher Michael Hewett
5 April 1921
Worthing, Sussex, England
|Died||3 August 2001
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Complications from diabetes|
|Occupation||Actor, theatre director|
Hewett was born in Worthing, Sussex, to an army officer father and an Irish mother who was a descendant of Daniel O'Connell. He was educated at Beaumont College, and at aged 7, made his acting debut in Dublin stage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. At 16, Hewett joined the Royal Air Force, leaving in 1940. Hewett then joined the Oxford Repertory Company and made his West End theatre debut in 1943.
He later appeared on Broadway in the musicals My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Music Is, and Kean and in the plays Sleuth and The Affair, among others, and directed the 1960 Broadway revue From A to Z and the 1967 Off Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical By Jupiter. Hewett also directed several stage productions including The Marriage-Go-Round and Beyond the Fringe and Camelot.
Hewett made his film debut in the 1951 crime drama Pool of London, and later appeared in roles on Robert Montgomery Presents and DuPont Show of the Month. He appeared as the grand theatre director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks's 1968 film comedy The Producers. In 1976, Hewett played the generic bureaucrat Federov in the short-lived sitcom Ivan the Terrible. From 1983 to 1984, he portrayed Lawrence, Mr. Roarke's (Ricardo Montalbán) sidekick on the final season of the ABC series Fantasy Island.
The following year, Hewett landed his best known role as Lynn Aloysius Belvedere, an English butler who works for a middle class American family in the sitcom Mr. Belvedere. After the series ended its run in 1990, Hewett appeared in a guest spot on an episode of the NBC teen sitcom California Dreams in 1994. In 1995, he starred with Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Deborah Winters and Peter Graves in Warren Chaney's America: A Call to Greatness. His last onscreen role was a cameo appearance on the Fox series Ned & Stacey in 1997.
Personal life and death
A devout Catholic and lifelong bachelor, Hewett served as a deacon at St. Victor's Church in West Hollywood. Although he did not publicly affirm his homosexuality, it was revealed in the book, Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz, and Gossip on the Great White Way, by Boze Hadleigh, that he was a single gay man who just wanted to maintain his own private life. During his later years, he suffered from arthritis and diabetes.
|1951||Pool of London||Mike|
|1951||The Lavender Hill Mob||Inspector Talbot|
|1954||The Million Pound Note||Irate Investor||Uncredited
Alternative title: Man with a Million
|1968||The Producers||Roger De Bris|
|1995||America: A Call to Greatness||Host|
|1955||Robert Montgomery Presents||Major Sanders||Episode: "The Cage"|
|1959||DuPont Show of the Month||Policeman||Episode: "The Fallen Idol"|
|1966||The Jackie Gleason Show||Mumbling English Pedestrian||Episode: "The Honeymooners In England"|
|1976||Ivan the Terrible||Federov||5 episodes|
|1977||On Our Own||Episode: "Julia's Big Bust"|
|1979||ABC Afterschool Special||Butler||Episode: "Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid"|
|1982||The Elephant Man||Ross||Television film|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Jeremy Lane||Episode: "Vintage Harts"|
|1982||Massarati and the Brain||Anatole||Television film|
|1983-1984||Fantasy Island||Lawrence||10 episodes|
|1984||E/R||Englishman||Episode: "Mr. Fix-It"|
|1985-1990||Mr. Belvedere||Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere||117 episodes|
|1987||The New Mike Hammer||Hubert "The Umbrella" Wembley||Episode: "Green Blizzard"|
|1987||Murder, She Wrote||Humphrey Defoe||Episode: "It Runs in the Family"|
|1990||A Very Retail Christmas||Ghost of Christmas Past||Television film|
|1994||California Dreams||Mr. Green||Episode: "Follow Your Dreams"|
|1997||Ned & Stacey||Himself||Episode: "Saved by the Belvedere"|
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work|
|2004||TV Land Award||Best Broadcast Butler||Mr. Belvedere|
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- "Christopher Hewett". independent.co.uk. 2001-08-09. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- "Christopher Hewett Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
- "Christopher Hewett; Stage Actor Best Known as TV's 'Mr. Belvedere'". latimes.com. 2001-08-05. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- Christopher Hewett at the Internet Broadway Database
- Christopher Hewett at the Internet Movie Database
- Christopher Hewett at Find a Grave