Biography

Howard Lew Lewis was an English comedian and actor best known for his roles in the 1980s sitcom Brush Strokes and Tony Robinson's children's comedy series Maid Marian and Her Merry Men. His first job was with the RAF as a a computer operator and he worked for several years in computing and telecommunications at managerial level before undertaking acting as his chosen career. He often appeared in vehicles for Ronnie Barker, including The Magnificent Evans and Open All Hour, and appeared in the first series of Blackadder. His film roles included Hal in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, a guard in Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, and the voice of Obelix in the 1994 animated film Asterix in America. Diabetes and dementia plagued him in later years and he was admitted into a community hospital in Edinburgh in 2017. On 28th January this year, Police Scotland confirmed they were investigating a complaint brought by Lewis's daughter Debora Milazzo against the hospital. She claims that her father was given an unnecessary cocktail of high-dose sedatives and maximum-strength opiate painkillers that subsequently brought about his death.

Howard Lew Lewis was an English comedian and actor best known for his roles in the 1980s sitcom Brush Strokes and Tony Robinson's children's comedy series Maid Marian and Her Merry Men. His first job was with the RAF as a a computer operator and he worked for several years in computing and telecommunications at managerial level before undertaking acting as his chosen career. He often appeared in vehicles for Ronnie Barker, including The Magnificent Evans and Open All Hour, and appeared in the first series of Blackadder. His film roles included Hal in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, a guard in Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, and the voice of Obelix in the 1994 animated film Asterix in America. Diabetes and dementia plagued him in later years and he was admitted into a community hospital in Edinburgh in 2017. On 28th January this year, Police Scotland confirmed they were investigating a complaint brought by Lewis's daughter Debora Milazzo against the hospital. She claims that her father was given an unnecessary cocktail of high-dose sedatives and maximum-strength opiate painkillers that subsequently brought about his death.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 19

Birthday 1941-08-21

Day of Death 2018-01-20

Place of Birth London, England

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2007 Small Town Folk as Knackerman #1
2004 The Baby Juice Express as Kent
2003 Keen Eddie (1 episode)
2000 Quills as First Vendor
1998 The Tichborne Claimant as The Hotel Manager
1994 Asterix Conquers America as Obélix (voice)
1993 Shadowlands as Tea Room Waiter
1992 Chaplin as Workhouse Official
1991 Noel's House Party (1 episode)
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as Hal
1989 Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (25 episodes) as Rabies
1988 Chelmsford 123 (13 episodes)
1986 Brush Strokes (41 episodes)
1985 Brazil as Black Maria Guard
1984 The Bill (1 episode)
1984 The Magnificent Evans (1 episode)
1983 Blackadder (1 episode) as Mr. Applebottom
1983 Widows as Bin Man
1978 Pennies from Heaven (6 episodes) as Policeman

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