Al Lewis -- Grandpa from The Munsters -- is Dead

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

as ``Grandpa.''

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.

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