Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies and made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows in the â€™60s through â€™80s, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. of natural causes, according to a family friend. He was 79. The character actor, who often appeared in Westerns, was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.
He had roles in Eastwoodâ€™s â€œHigh Plains Drifter,â€ â€œThunderbolt and Lightfoot,â€ as Orville Boggs in â€œEvery Which Way But Looseâ€ and â€œAny Which Way You Canâ€ as well as in â€œBronco Billy,â€ â€œPink Cadillacâ€ and â€œMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.â€
Among his other film credits were â€œThe Devilâ€™s Rejects,â€ Michael Ciminoâ€™s â€œHeavenâ€™s Gate,â€ John Miliusâ€™ â€œDillinger,â€ TV movie â€œSalemâ€™s Lotâ€ and Michael Ritchieâ€™s â€œSmile.â€
Lewis received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance on the 1980 series â€œFlo,â€ and appeared in numerous other shows including â€œBarnaby Jones,â€ â€œHawaii Five-O,â€ â€œLou Grant,â€ â€œLittle House on the Prairie,â€ â€œFalcon Crestâ€ and â€œMurder, She Wrote.â€
Born in San Diego, he grew up in Rhode Island and moved to California at age 10. He is survived by his wife Paula Hochhalter, Juliette Lewis and nine other children including Lightfield and Matthew, both actors, and Dierdre, an actress.