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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/10/2015 (4 years ago)
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Lewis was father of actor Juliette Lewis

Prolific character actor Geoffrey Lewis is perhaps best known playing with Clint Eastwood as his pal Orville Boggs in "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel. Lewis was also the father of Oscar-nominated actor Juliette Lewis. He has passed away at the age of 79.

Geoffrey Lewis scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing bartender Earl Tucker on the 1980s CBS sitcom 'Flo,' the spinoff of 'Alice' that starred Polly Holliday.

Geoffrey Lewis scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing bartender Earl Tucker on the 1980s CBS sitcom "Flo," the spinoff of "Alice" that starred Polly Holliday.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/10/2015 (4 years ago)

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Keywords: Geoffrey Lewis, actor, Clint Eastwood, death, Celestial Naviagtions


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lewis began his long association with Eastwood in the Gothic western "High Plains Drifter" (1973). He also appeared with the actor in "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), "Bronco Billy" (1980), "Pink Cadillac" (1989) and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997).

Lewis scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing bartender Earl Tucker on the 1980s CBS sitcom "Flo," the spinoff of "Alice" that starred Polly Holliday. Lewis also had recurring roles on such series as "Falcon Crest" and the syndicated "Land's End."

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Other notable roles for Lewis included the real-life Prohibition-era gangster Harry Pierpont in "Dillinger" (1973). His resume also included such notable films as "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).

The actor also stood out as a gravedigger turned vampire in the 1979 Tobe Hooper CBS miniseries "Salem's Lot," an adaptation of the Stephen King novel.

He also appeared on such TV shows as "Then Came Bronson," "Bonanza" and "The Name of the Game" before scoring a minor role as a cowhand in "The Culpepper Cattle Co." (1972).

Later, he showed up on such series as "Mod Squad," "The Waltons," "Police Woman," "Mork & Mindy," "Lou Grant," "Gun Shy," "Magnum, P.I." and "The X-Files."

An important side project for the actor was in cofounding the Celestial Navigations group. Collaboration between Lewis and electronic musicians Geoff Levin and Chris Many, the group was the result of a trip Lewis took to Africa. Mindful of the attention storytellers received, Lewis started to envision his own stories to tell.

A fusion of storytelling and music, with a very heavy surrealist element, Celestial Navigations covered a relatively broad range of themes, from lighthearted to serious, and various subject matter.

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