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Lewis, seated on sofa with Fran Allison, from the radio program Meet the Meeks in 1947. Lewis played Mr. Meek in the comedy.
|Died||June 2, 1977 (aged 77)|
He was born Raymond Forrest Lewis in Knightstown, Indiana. The future thespian was the son of Joseph Saint Lewis (1873-1941) and Myla Leota Lewis (1876-1958) and attended Indiana University for a year. On August 23, 1917, he married Elsa Grace Cross (1900-1972) in Knightstown. They had a son, Forrest Gallion Lewis, born on August 7, 1918. The couple eventually divorced.
Lewis's roles on radio programs included those shown in the table below.
|The Great Gildersleeve||Peavey:136-138|
|I Love a Mystery||Michael|
|Meet the Meeks||Mortimer Meek:224-225|
|Mystery House||Dan Glenn:250|
|Scattergood Baines||J. Wellington Keats:296|
|The Woman in My House||James Carter|
In the middle 1950s, he appeared as a deputy in the syndicated crime drama Sheriff of Cochise and its successor series, U.S. Marshal, both starring John Bromfield. He guest starred with Maudie Prickett in the episode "Brief Glory" of the syndicated western series 26 Men, starring Tris Coffin. He appeared on a wide array of programs, ranging from the CBS western series My Friend Flicka, set on a Wyoming ranch, to the NBC sitcom, The People's Choice, with Jackie Cooper, to the ABC's western drama, The Man from Blackhawk, starring Robert Rockwell. He also appeared on the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin, and on the ABC sitcom, Harrigan and Son, starring Pat O'Brien, and the ABC drama series about the Roman Catholic priesthood, Going My Way. In 1957 Lewis appeared as Charlie Miller in the TV western Cheyenne in the episode titled "Land Beyond the Law."
Lewis was cast as the recurring character, Colby, in the 1961-1962 CBS sitcom Ichabod and Me with Robert Sterling, George Chandler, Reta Shaw, and Burt Mustin. Lewis also guest starred in the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45 with Wayde Preston, on the syndicated western Mackenzie's Raiders, starring Richard Carlson, on the CBS hit comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, and on the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan.
- Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943) - Druggist Carson (uncredited)
- I'll Tell the World (1945) - Joe Sunshine (uncredited)
- Week-End with Father (1951) - Clarence Willett
- Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952) - Martin Quinn
- It Grows on Trees (1952) - Dr. Burrows
- The Lawless Breed (1953) - Zeke Jenkins
- The Clown (1953) - Mr. Huston, the Pawnbroker (uncredited)
- Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) - Judge Stanley
- Take Me To Town (1953) - Ed Higgins, Storekeeper
- The Stand at Apache River (1953) - Deadhorse
- Gun Fury (1953) - Weatherby
- Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) - Dr. Miller (uncredited)
- Dial Red O (1955) - Captain (uncredited)
- Cell 2455, Death Row (1955) - Parole Officer (uncredited)
- Apache Ambush (1955) - Sheriff Silas Parker
- All That Heaven Allows (1955) - Mr. Weeks
- The Spoilers (1955) - Banty Jones
- Man in the Shadow (1957) - Jake Kelley, the coroner
- The Sheepman (1958) - Mr. Baker - Tack Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
- The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958) - Julian Ash
- The Shaggy Dog (1959) - Officer Kelly
- The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) - Constable George Matson
- Posse from Hell (1961) - Doctor Welles
- The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) - Police Officer Kelley
- Son of Flubber (1963) - Police Officer Kelly
- Tammy and the Doctor (1963) - Dr. Crandall
- Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) - Skaggs
- Red Line 7000 (1965) - Jenkins (uncredited)
- Out of Sight (1966) - Mr. Carter
- Riot on Sunset Strip (1967) - Aynsley
- Skin Game (1971) - Peter (uncredited)
- The Todd Killings (1971) - Mr. Robinson
- Terry, Dickson (September 1, 1948). "Forrest Lewis--Man Of Thousand Voices". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri, St. Louis. p. 31. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- McHatton, Martha (January 23, 1948). "Indianapolis on the Air". The Indianapolis News. Indiana, Indianapolis. p. 22. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 358. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
- Harmon, Jim (2003). Radio Mystery and Adventure and Its Appearances in Film, Television and Other Media. McFarland. p. 51. ISBN 9780786485086. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 414. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- Forrest Lewis on IMDb
- Forrest Lewis at Find a Grave
- Listen to Meet The Meeks on Outlaws Old Time Radio Corner
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