Christopher Hewett

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Christopher Hewett
Christopher Hewett-AmericaACalltoGreatness.jpg
BornChristopher Michael Hewett
(1921-04-05)5 April 1921
Worthing, Sussex, England
Died3 August 2001(2001-08-03) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Complications from diabetes
NationalityEnglish
OccupationActor, theatre director
Years active1943–1997
 
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Christopher Hewett
Christopher Hewett-AmericaACalltoGreatness.jpg
BornChristopher Michael Hewett
(1921-04-05)5 April 1921
Worthing, Sussex, England
Died3 August 2001(2001-08-03) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Complications from diabetes
NationalityEnglish
OccupationActor, theatre director
Years active1943–1997

Christopher Michael Hewett (5 April 1921[1][2] – 3 August 2001) was an English actor and theatre director best known for his role as Lynn Aloysius Belvedere on the ABC sitcom Mr. Belvedere.

Career[edit]

Hewett was born in Worthing, Sussex, to an army officer father and an Irish mother who was a descendant of Daniel O'Connell.[1] He was educated at Beaumont College, and at aged 7, made his acting debut in Dublin stage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. At 16, Hewett joined the Royal Air Force, leaving in 1940. Hewett then joined the Oxford Repertory Company and made his West End theatre debut in 1943.[2]

He later appeared on Broadway in the musicals My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Music Is, and Kean and in the plays Sleuth and The Affair, among others, and directed the 1960 Broadway revue From A to Z and the 1967 Off Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical By Jupiter. Hewett also directed several stage productions including The Marriage-Go-Round and Beyond the Fringe and Camelot.[3]

Hewett made his film debut in the 1951 crime drama Pool of London, and later appeared in roles on Robert Montgomery Presents and DuPont Show of the Month. He appeared as the grand theatre director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks's 1968 film comedy The Producers. In 1976, Hewett played the generic bureaucrat Federov in the short-lived sitcom Ivan the Terrible. From 1983 to 1984, he portrayed Lawrence, Mr. Roarke's (Ricardo Montalbán) sidekick on the final season of the ABC series Fantasy Island.

The following year, Hewett landed his best known role as Lynn Aloysius Belvedere, an English butler who works for a middle class American family in the sitcom Mr. Belvedere. After the series ended its run in 1990, Hewett appeared in a guest spot on an episode of the NBC teen sitcom California Dreams in 1994. In 1995, he starred with Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Deborah Winters and Peter Graves in Warren Chaney's America: A Call to Greatness. His last onscreen role was a cameo appearance on the Fox series Ned & Stacey in 1997.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

A devout Catholic and lifelong bachelor, Hewett served as a deacon at St. Victor's Church in West Hollywood. Although he did not publicly affirm his homosexuality, it was revealed in the book, Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz, and Gossip on the Great White Way, by Boze Hadleigh, that he was a single gay man who just wanted to maintain his own private life. During his later years, he suffered from arthritis and diabetes.[1]

Hewett died on 3 August 2001, at his Los Angeles home from complications of diabetes. He was 80 years old.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1951Pool of LondonMike
1951The Lavender Hill MobInspector Talbot
1954The Million Pound NoteIrate InvestorUncredited
Alternative title: Man with a Million
1968The ProducersRoger De Bris
1986RatboyActing Coach
1995America: A Call to GreatnessHost
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1955Robert Montgomery PresentsMajor SandersEpisode: "The Cage"
1959DuPont Show of the MonthPolicemanEpisode: "The Fallen Idol"
1966The Jackie Gleason ShowMumbling English PedestrianEpisode: "The Honeymooners In England"
1976Ivan the TerribleFederov5 episodes
1977On Our OwnEpisode: "Julia's Big Bust"
1979ABC Afterschool SpecialButlerEpisode: "Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid"
1982The Elephant ManRossTelevision film
1982Hart to HartJeremy LaneEpisode: "Vintage Harts"
1982Massarati and the BrainAnatoleTelevision film
1983-1984Fantasy IslandLawrence10 episodes
1984E/REnglishmanEpisode: "Mr. Fix-It"
1985-1990Mr. BelvedereMr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere117 episodes
1987The New Mike HammerHubert "The Umbrella" WembleyEpisode: "Green Blizzard"
1987Murder, She WroteHumphrey DefoeEpisode: "It Runs in the Family"
1990A Very Retail ChristmasGhost of Christmas PastTelevision film
1994California DreamsMr. GreenEpisode: "Follow Your Dreams"
1997Ned & StaceyHimselfEpisode: "Saved by the Belvedere"

Award nomination[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitle of work
2004TV Land AwardBest Broadcast ButlerMr. Belvedere

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gaughan, Gavin (2001-10-18). "Christopher Hewett Obituary". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Christopher Hewett". independent.co.uk. 2001-08-09. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Christopher Hewett Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Christopher Hewett; Stage Actor Best Known as TV's 'Mr. Belvedere'". latimes.com. 2001-08-05. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

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