February 4, 2006 - Posted at 2:16 p.m. CST
NEW YORK (AP) _ Actor Al Lewis -- best known as Grandpa on ``The
Munsters'' -- has died at the age of 95.
In Dracula get-up, he became a pop-culture icon as the irascible
father-in-law of Herman Munster, played on the T-V show by Fred
Gwynne. He and Gwynne had earlier starred on ``Car 54, Where Are
You?'' But decades later, he was still being greeted on the street
In fact, when he ran for governor of New York as a Green Party
candidate at the age of 88 -- sporting a pony-tail -- Lewis went to
court to try to have his name appear on the ballot as ``Grandpa Al
Lewis.'' He lost that battle, and the election, in which he got
more than 52-thousand votes.
In addition to being an actor and a politician, he was a
basketball scout. And, he operated a successful restaurant in New
York's Greenwich Village -- called, of course, ``Grandpa's.''
Word of his death comes from the program director at radio
station W-B-A-I F-M, where Lewis hosted a weekly radio program for
years. The announcement came on the air during the Saturday slot
where Lewis usually appeared.