Geoffrey Lewis has died. The actor was famous for his roles in several Clint Eastwood films and made numerous guest appearances on a variety of television shows. According to a family friend, Lewis died on Tuesday in Woodland Hills, California of natural causes. His son Miles said he suffered a heart attack during a workout at the Motion Picture Hospital and had been suffering from Parkinson’s and dementia. He was 79.
Lewis was a talented and highly capable character actor who appeared in many Westerns, some of which included: The Culpepper Cattle Co., Bad Company, My Name is Nobody, They Died with Their Boots On, The Return of a Man Called Horse, Tom Horn and the big screen adaptation of Maverick (with Mel Gibson.)
He starred alongside Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, Pink Cadillac and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Among his other film roles were the Jean-Claude Van Damme action film Double Impact, The Devil’s Rejects, The Wind and the Lion, Dillinger, Macon County Line, The Great Waldo Pepper, Lucky Lady, I, the Jury, Lust in the Dust, Fletch Lives, Tango and Cash, Smile, Disturbed, The Lawnmower Man, Point of No Return, The Dragon Gate, The Man Without a Face, Five Aces, The Way of the Gun, Sunstorm, A Light in the Darkness, Mind Games, Fingerprints and the television movie Salem’s Lot.
Father of actress Juliette Lewis, she posted a tribute on Instagram, saying, “He loved us so. I am forever my father’s daughter.”
Lewis was nominated for a Golden Globe for his recurring role as Earl Tucker on the short-lived 1980-81 television series Flo starring Polly Holliday. His other TV appearances included: Mission: Impossible, Mod Squad, Kung Fu, Barnaby Jones, The Waltons, Starsky and Hutch, Hawaii Five-O, Lou Grant, Little House on the Prairie, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mork and Mindy, Falcon Crest, The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Golden Girls, Murder, She Wrote, The X-Files, Dawson’s Creek, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Land’s End and House M.D.
Other than acting, Lewis was part of Celestial Navigations, a group that put out several albums with Lewis narrating stories to music.
Born in San Diego on July 31, 1935. Lewis grew up in Rhode Island and moved to California when he was 10. He is survived by his wife Paula Hochhalter. He is also the father of ten children including actors Juliette Lewis, Dierdre Lewis, Lightfield Lewis, Producer Brandy Lewis, Peter Lewis and Matthew Lewis.
One final note, Mr. Lewis appeared at the very first Nuke the Fridge Con in 2010. His presence added class and gravitas to the show. R.I.P. Mr. Lewis, your work will live on!
Sources: Variety, IMDb