Geoffrey Lewis (actor)

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Geoffrey Lewis
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Born Geoffrey Bond Lewis
(1935-07-31)July 31, 1935
Plainfield, New Jersey,U.S.[1]
Died April 7, 2015(2015-04-07) (aged 79)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1953–2015
Spouse(s) Paula Hochhalter (1991–2015; his death)
Tracy Darroll (1977–1984; divorced)
Glenis Batley (1973–1975; divorced)
Children Juliette Lewis, Lightfield Lewis, Peter Lewis, Brandy Lewis, Deirdre Lewis, Miles Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Hannah Lewis, Dick Murray, Emily Colombier (Step daughter)

Geoffrey Bond Lewis (July 31, 1935 – April 7, 2015) was an American character actor.[2] Lewis was known for his film roles alongside Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood.[3] He typically played villains. He also played a bodyguard in Double Impact.

Life and career[edit]

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., 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[edit]

Lewis was married four times and had 10 children, including Oscar-nominated actress Juliette Lewis.[4]

Death[edit]

On April 7, 2015, Lewis died of a heart attack in his Woodland Hills residence. He was seventy-nine.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1963 The Fat Black Pussycat Man in Park Uncredited
1971 The Todd Killings Mr. Carpenter's son Uncredited
1971 Welcome Home, Soldier Boys Francis Rapture, Motel Owner
1972 The Culpepper Cattle Co. Russ
1972 Moon of the Wolf Lawrence Burrifors
1972 Bad Company Hobbs
1973 High Plains Drifter Stacey Bridges
1973 Dillinger Harry Pierpont
1973 My Name is Nobody Leader of the Wild Bunch
1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Eddie Goody
1974 Macon County Line Hamp
1975 The Great Waldo Pepper Newt
1975 The Wind and the Lion Samuel Gummere
1975 Smile Wilson-Shears
1975 Lucky Lady Capt. Mosely
1976 The Return of a Man Called Horse Zenas
1978 Shoot the Sun Down Scalphunter
1978 Silver Saddle 2 Strike Snake
1978 Every Which Way But Loose Orville Boggs
1979 Centennial Sheriff Bogardus
1979 Tilt Truck Driver
1979 Human Experiments Doctor Hans R. Kline
1979 The Jericho Mile Dr. Bill Janowski
1979 Salem's Lot Mike Ryerson
1980 Tom Horn Walter Stoll
1980 Bronco Billy John Arlington
1980 Heaven's Gate Trapper Fred
1980 Any Which Way You Can Orville Boggs
1982 I, the Jury Joe Butler
1982 The Shadow Riders Major Cooper Ashbury
1983 10 to Midnight Dave Dante
1983 Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Janus
1984 Night of the Comet Carter
1985 Lust in the Dust Hard Case Williams
1985 Stitches Ralph Rizzo
1986 Annihilator Prof. Alan Jeffries
1987 The Golden Girls Chuck 1 episode
1988 Time Out Mr. Steve Smith
1988 Out of the Dark Dennis
1989 Fletch Lives KKK Leader
1989 Pink Cadillac Ricky Z
1989 Catch Me If You Can Mr. Johnson
1989 Tango & Cash Captain Schroeder Uncredited
1990 Disturbed Michael Kahn
1991 Double Impact Frank Avery
1992 The Lawnmower Man Terry McKeen
1992 Wishman Hitchcock the Genie
1993 Point of No Return Drugstore Owner
1993 Joshua Tree Sheriff Cepeda
1993 The Man Without a Face Chief Wayne Stark
1993 Only the Strong Kerrigan
1994 White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Heath
1994 National Lampoon's Last Resort Rex Carver
1994 Maverick Matthew Wicker / Eugene, Banker
1994 The Dragon Gate Shin'ichi
1996 An Occasional @#!*% Draper Jewett
1997 American Perfekt Willy
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Luther Driggers
1999 Five Aces Sloan
1999 Cousin Skeeter Zeek
2000 The Prophet's Game Guest #1
2000 The Way of the Gun Abner Mercer
2000 Highway 395
2001 Sunstorm Browner
2002 A Light in the Darkness Stanley Melnick
2002 The New Guy Principal Zaylor
2003 Mind Games Melvin Reeves
2003 A Painted House Mr. Spruill
2004 Blueberry Greg Sullivan (released in USA on DVD as Renegade)
2005 Social Guidance Lucky Marshall
2005 Down in the Valley Sheridan
2005 The Devil's Rejects Roy Sullivan
2006 Fingerprints Keeler
2006 Wicked Little Things Harold
2007 Cold Ones Felton Jones
2007 Moving McAllister Crazy Old Martin Uncredited
2008 I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (it) Lewis
2008 Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage Butch
2009 The Butcher Naylor
2010 Pickin' & Grinnin' Cletus
2010 Miss Nobody Mr. Ketchum
2012 Mommy's Little Monster Stanley Melnick
2016 Retreat! Sullivan
2017 High and Outside Len Harding (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c Chawkins, Steve (April 8, 2015). "Geoffrey Lewis dies at 79; actor in several Clint Eastwood movies". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ a b c 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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