Rewind Back in Time

For the love and appreciation of the Classic TV shows, music, movies, pop culture, history, etc. of the past few decades (mainly the 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's).

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Actor Don Knotts "Barney Fife" dies at 81

Sadly, actor Don Knotts has died at age 81. He is best known for his great portrayal of "Barney Fife" on the 60's hit the Andy Griffith Show where he was a regular for the first 5 seasons of the shows 8 year run. He was also Ralph Furley on the late 70's/early 80's hit, "Three's Company."

By all accounts he was a great guy offscreen and he will certainly be missed by us fans of his great comedic work.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Al Lewis, "Grandpa" on the Munsters, dies

Al Lewis, most famous for his role as Grandpa on the Munsters TV show, has passed away Friday night. He was either 82 or 95. There is some debate about what year he was born in. Some sources claim 1910, and some say 1923. Some family members have said the 1910 date was made up by him to appear old enough to play Grandpa in the 1964-1966 Munters series.

Al Lewis was born April 30, 1923 (or 1910?) in New York as Albert Meister. In 1961, he starred in the TV show "Car 54, Where Are You?" with Fred Gwynne. After that show was canceled, Al and Fred did the pilot for "The Munsters." From that series, and forever after, Al Lewis will always be remembered as "Grandpa."