Dennis Cleveland Stewart

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Dennis Cleveland Stewart
Dennis Cleveland Stewart

July 29, 1947
DiedApril 20, 1994(1994-04-20) (aged 46)
OccupationActor, dancer
Years active1977–1993

Dennis Cleveland Stewart (July 29, 1947 – April 20, 1994) was an American actor and dancer.

Early life[edit]

Stewart was born in Los Angeles, California on July 29, 1947.


Dennis was known for playing Leo "Craterface" Balmudo, the Scorpions' gang leader in Grease (1978),[1] and reprised the role in Grease 2 (1982). He also appeared as a dancer in Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, highly visible in the "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" scene with Steve Martin.


Stewart was diagnosed with HIV in 1993 and died from pneumonia as a result of complications from AIDS in 1994.[2]



Year Title Role Other notes
1977 Pete's Dragon Fisherman Uncredited
1978 Grease Leo, Scorpions member Billed as Dennis C. Stewart
1978 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Dancer #27 Cameo
1979 Elvis TV movie
1981 Zoot Suit Swabbie
1982 Grease 2 Balmudo Billed as Dennis C. Stewart
1983 D.C. Cab Ski Mask Hoodlum Aka Street Fleet
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Ronnie Sample TV movie
1988 Cop Lawrence "Birdman" Henderson
1990 Fatal Charm Moody Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Other notes
1977 CHiPs Starkey Episode: "Undertow"
1980 Angie Dance Instructor Episode: "Theresa's Gigolo"
1983 The Greatest American Hero Lenny Episode: "It's Only Rock and Roll"
1985 Trapper John, M.D. Drunk Episode: "Bad Breaks"
1985 Moonlighting Blond Mohawk Episode: "Pilot"
1985 Hunter Goon with Mohawk Episode: "The Snow Queen: Part 2"
1985 Misfits of Science Taggart Episode: "Steer Crazy"
1986 The A-Team Kid Episode: "Waiting for Insane Wayne"
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Thief #2 Episode: "Four O'Clock"
1986 MacGyver Tom Episode: "Three for the Road"
1989 Jesse Hawkes Chino Kane Episode: "Eddy Street"
1991 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Cellmate / Mean Guy Episodes: "Randall Without a Cause", "Obscene and Not Heard"
(final appearance)


  1. ^ Mansour, David (2005), From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century, Andrews Mcmeel
  2. ^ "Is Grease cursed? The ill fortune that's plagued the film's stars", Daily Mirror, January 21, 2010, retrieved September 5, 2013

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