Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RIP Geoffrey Lewis

Geoffrey Lewis, Actor in Clint Eastwood Movies, Dies at 79

By Pat Saperstein
April 7, 2015

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies and made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows in the ’60s through ’80s, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. of natural causes. He was 79. The character actor, who often appeared in Westerns, was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.

 He had roles in Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” as Orville Boggs in “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can” as well as in “Bronco Billy,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Among his other film credits were “The Devil’s Rejects,” Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” TV movie “Salem’s Lot” and Michael Ritchie’s “Smile.”

Lewis received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance on the 1980 series “Flo,” and appeared in numerous other shows including “Barnaby Jones,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Lou Grant,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Falcon Crest” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in San Diego, he grew up in Rhode Island and moved to California at age 10. He is survived by his wife Paula Hochhalter, Juliette Lewis and nine other children including Lightfield and Matthew, both actors, and Dierdre, an actress.

LEWIS, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Bond Lewis)
Born: 7/31/1935, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/7/2015, Woodland Hills, California

Geoffrey Lewis’ westerns – actor:
Bonanza (TV) – 1970 (Rogers Martin)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970 (bum)
Cade’s County (TV) – 1971 (Roederer)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971, 1972 (Patch, Al, Deputy Burk Stover)
Bad Company – 1972 (Hobbs)
The Culpepper Cattle Co. – 1972 (Russ)
My Name is Nobody – 1972 (Wild Bunch leader)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1972 (Lafitte Bonner)
Silver Saddle – 1977 (2-Strike Snake)
High Plains Drifter – 1973 (Stacey Bridges)
Kung Fun (TV) – 1973 (Johnson)
The Gun and the Pulpit (TV) – 1974 (Jason McCoy)
Honky Tonk (TV) – 1974 (Roper)
The Return of a Man Called Horse – 1976 (Zenas)
The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV) – 1976 (Dutton)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1976, 1983 (Sam Galender, Cole Younger)
Shoot the Sun Down – 1978 (Scalphunter)
Centennial (TV) – 1978 (Sheriff Bogardus)
Heaven’s Gate – 1980 (Trapper Fred)
Tom Horn – 1980 (Walter Stoll)
Bronco Billy – 1980 (John Arlington)
Belle Starr (TV) – 1980 (Reverend Meeks)
The Shadow Riders – (TV) 1982 (Major Cooper Ashbury)
Bret Maverick (TV) – 1982 (Barney Broomick)
Gun Shy (TV) – 1983 (Amos Tucker)
September Gun (TV) – 1983 (Sheriff Johnson)
The Yellow Rose (TV) – 1984 (Louis)
Lust in the Dust – 1985 (Hard Case Williams)
Wildside (TV) – 1985 (Rileback)
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989 (Colonel Jack Russell)
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (TV) – 1989 (Oliver Ostrow)
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (TV) – 1990 (Bodine)
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf - 1994 (Heath)
Maverick – 1994 (Matthew Wicker / Eugene, Banker)
Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (TV) – 1994 (Lynch)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1994 (Sheriff Beau Langley)
Rough Riders – (TV) 1997 (Eli)
Renegade – 2002 (Greg Sullivan)
Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves – 2008 (Lewis)

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