Dennis Cleveland Stewart

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Dennis Cleveland Stewart
Born Dennis Cleveland Stewart
July 29, 1947
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died April 20, 1994(1994-04-20) (aged 46)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 1977–1993

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


Dennis is well known for playing Leo Balmudo (Craterface), the Scorpions' gang leader in Grease (1978)[1] and reprised the role as the Cycle Lords' leader in Grease 2 (1982). He also appeared as a dancer in Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.


Stewart contracted HIV in 1993 and died from complications from AIDS in 1994.[2] He was cremated and had his ashes scattered at sea.


Year Film Role Other notes
1977 Pete's Dragon Fisherman Uncredited
1978 Grease Leo Balmudo, Scorpions member Billed as Dennis C. Stewart
1978 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Dancer Cameo
1979 Elvis Television film
1981 Zoot Suit Swabbie
1982 Grease 2 Leo Balmudo Billed as Dennis C. Stewart
1983 D.C. Cab Ski Mask Hoodlum Aka Street Fleet
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Ronnie Sample Television film
1988 Cop Lawrence "Birdman" Henderson
1990 Fatal Charm Moody Direct-to-video
Year Television series Role Other notes
1977 CHiPs Starkey 1 episode (Undertow)
1983 The Greatest American Hero Lenny 1 episode (It's Only Rock and Roll)
1985 Moonlighting Blond Mohawk Pilot only
1985 Hunter 1 episode (The Snow Queen: Part 2)
1985 Misfits of Science Taggart 1 episode (Steer Crazy)
1986 The A-Team Kid 1 episode (Waiting For Insane Wayne)
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Thief #2 Billed as Dennis C. Stewart
1986 MacGyver Tom Episode: Three for the Road
1989 Jesse Hawkes Chino Kane Episode dated 20 May 1989
1991 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Cellmate
Mean Guy
Appeared in the show twice, with two different roles; credited as Dennis C. Stewart


  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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