Robert Q. Lewis

Robert Q. Lewis


Robert Q. Lewis
TV: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actor | Game Show Host | Radio Personality
Born April 25, 1920 in New York, NY
Died Dec. 11, 1991 of emphysema in Los Angeles, CA

In the early days of television, Robert Lewis became one of the most popular guest hosts and panelists. He always wore horn-rimmed glasses, which he considered his trademark.

A veteran of radio, the witty Lewis won wide recognition in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a frequent substitute or summer replacement for such television icons as Arthur Godfrey, Dave Garroway, Garry Moore and Jack Paar.

Adept at game and panel shows as well as variety programs, Lewis was also host of his own shows, such as "The Name's the Same."

Lewis kept his hand in acting by appearing in nightclub shows in Las Vegas, and he helped boost his national exposure by going on the lecture circuit.

When his popularity as a television host faded, Lewis returned to radio in Los Angeles. He was hired by KHJ as a disc jockey in 1962.

After a few years, he tired of dealing with so many commercials and went back to what he called "panelizing" and what was, for him, serious acting.

He landed acting roles on such television series as "Slattery's People," "Branded," "Camp Runamuck" and "The Bob Hope Theater."

He also worked in the film version of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

In 1972, Lewis was signed by KFI to do a daily 90-minute music and variety program.

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