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Al Lewis

  • American actor
  • Born April 30, 1910
  • Died February 3, 2006

Al Lewis (born Abraham Meister; April 30, 1923 – February 3, 2006) was an American character actor best known for his role as Count Dracula lookalike "Grandpa", opposite Fred Gwynne's and Yvonne De Carlo's characters on the CBS television series The Munsters from 1964 to 1966 and its subsequent film versions. Later in life, he was also a restaurant owner, political candidate, and radio broadcaster.


Oscar Wilde said the rich and the poor are equal - they can both sleep under the bridge. Right? Do they have a right? You're damn right they have a right!




I'm for everyone having the opportunity to accept a $150,000 bribe.




I probably worked every single entertainment medium, including some that don't exist. I worked the circus, carnival, I had my own medicine show, I worked 18 years of radio.




Every Friday I used to have about fifty, sixty kids who would wait for me on Sunset Boulevard and I'd take them all to dinner. All runaways.




I think people need housing. And there's empty buildings, I think people should live in there. If you want to call them squatters, trespassers, hey, I call Wall Street thieves!




America gets the politicians they deserve. That's it. And you keep struggling.




I was an organizer in the Food, Agricultural and Tobacco Workers Union down in North Carolina.




But find something that you absolutely love doing. And then get to love the way you do it. That's the uniqueness of all of us. That's it.




I've been in the struggle over seventy years - it doesn't bother me I may not win.




I went to all the Love-Ins. I took my kids. I enjoyed myself.




The ruling class is smarter than you, and they're more creative. And if you forget that lesson, you go down the drain. Because if they weren't, they wouldn't be around as long as they have been and as strong as they have been.




As long as you gave it your best shot, even if in the opinion of others 'you failed,' you didn't fail.




The struggle goes on. The victory is in the struggle, for me. And I accepted that a long time ago.




I know who I am. I don't have to brag. I know what I contributed. I know what I did. You think you can do it better? Hey, go right ahead. The stage is yours.




There's more to anybody. Just because you haven't noticed it, that's your problem, that's not mine.




Understood what the struggle was about. My mother. Couldn't read or write, but she had more sense than many a graduate from Harvard.




I prefer that for my own satisfaction over radio, there's no audience. TV, there's no audience. I need the response of the audience, even if it's a silent response.




My secret for success? I don't know what the hell success means.




I'm more important to me than any body you can mention. Do you know that?




I have an old brain but a terrific memory.




What motivated me? My mother. My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman, struggled all her life, worked in the garment center.



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