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In Memoriam: Geoffrey Lewis

April 12, 2015

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, known for roles in Western films, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, CA. According to a family friend he died of natural causes. Lewis was the father of actress Juliette Lewis. He was 79 years-old.

Lewis was born in San Diego, then he grew up in Rhode Island and moved back to California when he was 10 years-old. His acting career began in 1963 and took off in 1970 starting with the show Then Came Bronson. He appeared in the Clint Eastwood movies High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, and Pink Cadillac. On film he also starred in Double Impact, The Lawnmower Man, Maverick, The Devilís Rejects, and the TV movie Salemís Lot.

He made appearances in an impressive list of TV shows including Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch, Laverne & Shirley, The Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii Five-O, Mork & Mindy, Flo, Little House on the Prairie, Gun Shy, Falcon Crest, Magnum, P.I., The Golden Girls, In the Heat of the Night, Walker, Texas Ranger, Murder, She Wrote, Landís End, The X-Files, and House M.D. Lewis received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Flo.

Lewis is survived by his wife Paula Hochhalter and ten children. Early Wednesday, Juliette Lewis posted a photo of the pair on Instagram and wrote, ďI am forever my fatherís daughter and he will never [be] gone.Ē

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