Lew Temple

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Lew Temple
Lew Temple 2014.jpg
Temple at Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend 2014 in Orlando, Florida
Born (1967-10-02) October 2, 1967 (age 54)
Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1993–present

Lew Temple (born October 2, 1967) is an American actor, known for his roles as Locus Fender in the action film, Domino, Cal, the diner manager in the comedy-drama Waitress, and Axel in the third season of The Walking Dead.

Early life[edit]

Temple was raised in Texas.[1] He was the 1982 Baseball MVP at Rollins College,[2] and graduated in 1985.[3]



Though he was too small for the big leagues, he continued with his love for baseball, snagging roles as a minor league bullpen catcher for the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros.[3] In 1986, he was a scout for the New York Mets,[4] and would later go on to serve as Assistant Director of Minor League Operations and Scouting for the Astros until 1993.[5]



Temple has had several film roles in the horror genre, appearing in Rob Zombie's horror film, The Devils Rejects as Adam Banjo,[6] portraying Sheriff Hoyt in the prequel to the remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and as Noel Kluggs in Rob Zombie's slasher film, Halloween.[7] Temple played Marv in Trailer Park of Terror, and Pete in the thriller/horror film House. In 2016 he starred in Rob Zombie Slasher film 31 as Psycho-Head.[8]

Temple's other film roles include Locus Fender in the action film Domino, a paramedic in the crime thriller Déjà Vu, Cal, the diner manager in the comedy-drama Waitress, Brian LaRue in a proof of concept for the science-fiction film The Three,[9] Ned in the thriller Unstoppable[6] and Montgomery Blair, a member of Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet, in the movie Saving Lincoln, which tells the President's story through the eyes of Ward Hill Lamon, a former law partner, friend, and primary bodyguard.


Temple appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami as Billy Chadwick, a local loner in a grizzly bear murder case. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles as Mr. Loobertz, and in 2011 he appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds, in which he played a former fisherman turned part-time deliveryman called Bill Thomas, who kidnaps Alison Sparks.

His most notable television role was on The Walking Dead as Axel, a prisoner survivor of the zombie apocalypse.[10][11]


In 2015 Temple received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Annual Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival.[12] The award is given to a distinguished actor recognized for his continuing work in the industry of film and video.

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Temple was let go from a movie contract because he dismissed symptoms of a serious illness. A near-death experience resulted in an examination at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, where he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and a forty percent chance of survival. He stayed in the hospital for eight months and underwent chemotherapy treatment.[3] He is a leukemia survivor.[13]

In 2009, Temple was involved in a charity event for breast cancer called Bowling for Boobies.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Angels in the Outfield Baseball Player
Jason's Lyric Man on Bus
1995 The Kangaroo Crazy Man
1997 The Stalk Exchange Rick Sharpe
1998 The Newton Boys Waiter
1999 A Slipping-Down Life Audience Member #2
2000 Born to Win Raymond
Red Ink Martin Mueller
2001 On the Borderline Web
2003 Rolling Kansas Bill
Parasite Dolls Caine (voice) English version
21 Grams County Sheriff
2005 The Devil's Rejects Adam Banjo
Domino Locus Fender
2006 Come Early Morning Man (voice)
The Visitation Deputy Tommy Smalls
Heavens Fall Wade Wright
The Guitar Player's Girlfriend Gary Short film
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Sheriff Winston
Deja Vu Paramedic
2007 Waitress Cal
Halloween Noel Kluggs
2008 Trailer Park of Terror Marv
House Pete
No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker Hitchhiker
The Beneficiary Gun Dealer Short film
2009 Someone's Knocking at the Door Coroner Tom Collins
Otis E. The Cashier
Silent Night, Zombie Night Jeffrey Hannigan
Happy in the Valley Chris
2010 The Killing Jar Lonnie
A Gang Land Love Story Ivan
Unstoppable Ned Oldham
2011 Montana Amazon Trevor
Rango Furgus/Hitch (voice)
Asparagus Counselor #2 Short film
Zombex Aldous Huxtable
We Are Family Norm
2012 MoniKa Lloyd
The Preacher's Daughter The Garden
Saving Lincoln Montgomery Blair
The Unlikely's Ray Ray
Lawless Abshire
2013 The Lone Ranger Hollis
Night Moves Wandering Camper
2014 Wicked Blood Donny Baker Direct-to-video
Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? Ellis Wyatt
2015 Desierto Border Patrol officer Mexican film
2016 31 Psycho-Head
2017 The Endless Tim
Feral Talbot
Kidnap Terrence "Terry" Vicky
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Land Pirate Lew [15]
Between the Darkness Roy Grady
2021 Spirit Untamed Wrangler/Conductor (voice)
2022 Monstrous Mr. Alonzo
The Castle Walter Brown


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Dragon Half Ticket Man (voice) Video short
1994 Saiyûki Monk/Village Chief (voice) Television film
Dirty Pair Flash: Mission 3 Act 1 Additional Voices Video short
1995 Golden Boy Animator E (voice) Video
A Woman of Independent Means Mover Miniseries
1996 Elf o karu mono-tachi Various (voice) TV series
Burn up W Ashuhara (voice) Video
Walker, Texas Ranger Whit Ganz Episode: "Miracle at Middle Creek"
1996–97 Martian Successor Nadesico Additional Voices 10 episodes
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Nick Devlin Episode: "Full Contact"
Kimera Guard (voice) Video
The Big Easy Nash Lee Episode: "A Streetcar with Desire"
1998 Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 Musician #2 2 episodes
Walker, Texas Ranger Louie Episode: "On the Border"
Slayers OVA 1 Bandit/Additional Voices Video
Generator Gawl Various Unknown episodes
Dirty Pair: Mission II, Act I Goat Abiko/Additional Voices Video
Go Nagai's New Cutey Honey Moto-Mutant 2/Additional Voices Video
Gasaraki Additional Voices 3 episodes
1999 Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Shadow War Kusui / Musician 2 Video
2000 Sin: The Movie Various (voice) Video
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Ollie Olmedo Episode: "Saturday Night"
2007 CSI: Miami Billy Chadwick Episode: "A Grizzly Murder"
2009 Esperanza Beach Watson Video short
How to Study Your Bible for Kids Commissioner Context Video short
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Mr. Loobertz Episode: "Full Throttle"
2011 Criminal Minds Bill Thomas Episode: "Coda"
Cross Detective Red Video
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Stuart Rizzi Episode: "Kahu"
2012–13 The Walking Dead Axel Season 3 (Recurring role; 8 episodes)
2015 Review Shovel Hitter Episode: "Buried Alive, 6 Star Review, Public Speaking"
Longmire Archer Loftus 3 episodes
Wicked City Dave Keller 3 episodes

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers Additional Voices
2011 Killzone 3 ISA Soldiers
2011 Rango Turley
2016 Mafia III Additional Voices


  1. ^ "Artist / VIP Gallery: LEW TEMPLE". Polish Film Festival, Los Angeles. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "Tradition: ROLLINS BASEBALL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER". Rollins College Athletics. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Boyd Coffie (1898-1948): Dean of the College". Olin Library, Rollins College. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "1986 New York Mets: Roster". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Baseball American League". New York Times. November 10, 1993. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Lew Temple interview (Rango, Unstoppable, Devil Rejects) – The Desk of Brian". deskofbrian.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ Three More Join Rob Zombie's '31′, Including Sheri Moon Zombie!
  8. ^ Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Devin Sidell, and More Join Rob Zombie's 31
  9. ^ The Three Different Breeds of Aliens Run Amok
  10. ^ "Lew Temple (a.k.a. Axel) talks about the latest 'Walking Dead' shocker -- EXCLUSIVE". www.ew.com. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Lew Temple talks The Walking Dead Episode 310 "Home"". dailydead.com. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  12. ^ "the-walking-dead-actor-lew-temple-receives-lifetime-achievement-award-at-local-film-festival/". uhclthesignal.com. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  13. ^ "'Walking Dead': Lew Temple talks about Axel shocker".
  14. ^ Bowling for Boobies: Dread Central's Horror Starlets Wish to Thank You!
  15. ^ Margot Robbie: FIRST LOOK at Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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