Forrest Lewis

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Forrest Lewis
Forest Lewis in The Monkees 1967.jpg
Forest Lewis in The Monkees 1967
Born(1899-11-05)November 5, 1899
DiedJune 2, 1977(1977-06-02) (aged 77)
Years active1943-1973

Raymond Forrest Lewis (November 5, 1899 – June 2, 1977) was an American actor of the theatre, radio, motion pictures and television.

Early years[edit]

Lewis was born in Knightstown, Indiana,[1] the son of Joseph Saint Lewis (1873-1941) and Myla Leota Lewis (1876–1958) and attended Indiana University for a year.[2] On August 23, 1917, he married Elsa Grace Cross (1900–1972) in Knightstown. They had a son, Forrest Gallion Lewis, born on August 7, 1918. The couple eventually divorced.


Lewis acted in repertory theater and then on Broadway with Lenore Ulric in Lulu Belle. He also acted in touring productions, including Broken Dishes (1930).[1]


Lewis's roles on radio programs included those shown in the table below.

Program Role
The Great Gildersleeve Peavey[3]:136-138
I Love a Mystery Michael[4]
Meet the Meeks Mortimer Meek[3]:224-225
Mystery House Dan Glenn[3]:250
Scattergood Baines J. Wellington Keats[3]:296
The Woman in My House James Carter[3]

He also was in the supporting cast of Family Skeleton[3]:114 and The Roy Rogers Show.[3]:292


Lewis played Peavey in the syndicated television version of The Great Gildersleeve (1954-1955)[5] and Mr. Mack, the host on the ABC children's series Sandy Strong (1952).[5]:927

In the mid-1950s, he appeared as a deputy in the syndicated crime drama Sheriff of Cochise and its successor series, U.S. Marshal, both starring John Bromfield. He guest starred with Maudie Prickett in the episode "Brief Glory" of the syndicated western series 26 Men, starring Tris Coffin. He appeared on a wide array of programs, ranging from the CBS western series My Friend Flicka, set on a Wyoming ranch, to the NBC sitcom, The People's Choice, with Jackie Cooper, to the ABC's western drama, The Man from Blackhawk, starring Robert Rockwell. He also appeared on the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin, and on the ABC sitcom, Harrigan and Son, starring Pat O'Brien, and the ABC drama series about the Roman Catholic priesthood, Going My Way.[citation needed] In 1957 Lewis appeared as Charlie Miller in the TV western Cheyenne in the episode titled "Land Beyond the Law."[citation needed]

Lewis was cast as the recurring character, Colby, in the 1961-1962 CBS sitcom Ichabod and Me with Robert Sterling, George Chandler, Reta Shaw, and Burt Mustin. Lewis also guest starred in the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45 with Wayde Preston, on the syndicated western Mackenzie's Raiders, starring Richard Carlson, on the CBS hit comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, and on the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan.[citation needed]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Terry, Dickson (September 1, 1948). "Forrest Lewis--Man Of Thousand Voices". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri, St. Louis. p. 31. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  2. ^ McHatton, Martha (January 23, 1948). "Indianapolis on the Air". The Indianapolis News. Indiana, Indianapolis. p. 22. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) open access
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 358. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  4. ^ Harmon, Jim (2003). Radio Mystery and Adventure and Its Appearances in Film, Television and Other Media. McFarland. p. 51. ISBN 9780786485086. Retrieved 3 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 414. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.

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