Geoffrey Lewis Dies

by Lynn Sorel

Geoffrey Lewis, character actor best known for Clint Eastwood films, and father of actress Juliette Lewis, has died at the age of 79.   Family friend Michael Henderson passed on the news of his death to reporters.  He began working with Eastwood with ‘High Plains Drifter’ from 1973.   He also acted in ‘Thunderbolt and Lightfoot’ (1974), ‘Every Which Way But Loose’ (1978),  ‘Bronco Billy’ (1980), ‘Pink Cadillac’ (1989) and ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ (1997).   To horror fans, he was best known from Tobe Hooper’s ‘Salem’s Lot’ from 1979.   Other notable films he appeared in include ‘Dillinger’ (1973), ‘The Great Waldo Pepper’ (1975), ‘The Wind and the Lion’ (1975), ‘Lucky Lady’ (1975), ‘The Return of a Man Called Horse’ (1976), ‘Heaven’s Gate’ (1980),   ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (1989), ‘The Lawnmower Man’ (1992), ‘The Man Without a Face’ (1993), ‘Maverick’ (1994) and ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ (2005).  For TV, Lewis appeared on 1970s shows including ‘Then Came Bronson’, ‘Bonanza’, ‘The Name of the Game’ and ‘The Culpepper Cattle Co.’  Later TV series he appeared in include ‘Mod Squad’, ‘The Waltons’, ‘Police Woman’, ‘Mork & Mindy’, ‘Lou Grant’, ‘Gun Shy’, ‘Magnum, P.I’. and ‘The X-Files’.  Lewis and musician-songwriter Geoff Levin founded spoken-word performance group Celestial Navigations.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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