Johnny Lewis

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Johnny Lewis
Johnny Lewis by David Shankbone.jpg
Lewis at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival at the premiere of his film Palo Alto
BornJonathan Kendrick Lewis
(1983-10-29)October 29, 1983
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 26, 2012(2012-09-26) (aged 28)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Accidental fall[1]
Other namesJohnny K. Lewis
OccupationActor
Years active2000–2012
 
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Johnny Lewis
Johnny Lewis by David Shankbone.jpg
Lewis at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival at the premiere of his film Palo Alto
BornJonathan Kendrick Lewis
(1983-10-29)October 29, 1983
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 26, 2012(2012-09-26) (aged 28)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Accidental fall[1]
Other namesJohnny K. Lewis
OccupationActor
Years active2000–2012

Jonathan Kendrick "Johnny" Lewis (October 29, 1983 – September 26, 2012), also credited as Johnny K. Lewis, was an American film and television actor.

Lewis is best known for playing Kip "Half-Sack" Epps in the first two seasons of the FX series Sons of Anarchy. He also appeared in supporting roles in the films Underclassman (2005), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), and The Runaways (2010).

Career[edit]

Lewis began making television appearances while in his late teens with guest starring roles in Boston Public (2000), The Guardian (2001) and American Dreams (2002), among others. His debut feature film performance premiered in 2004, in New Line Cinema's Raise Your Voice, and he followed that up with Miramax Film's Underclassman in 2005. He co-starred as Pearce Chase, one of five siblings on the Fox series Quintuplets, and appeared in the 2004 movie Raise Your Voice alongside Hilary Duff. He guest-starred in four episodes of the Nickelodeon television series Drake & Josh as Scottie, one of Drake's bandmates. He played Dennis "Chili" Childress on The O.C. from 2005 to 2006. He also had a guest spot in the 3rd episode of the fifth season of Smallville.

He starred in the 2011 film Magic Valley, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Lewis was well known for his role as prospect biker Kip "Half-Sack" Epps in the first two seasons of the FX original series Sons of Anarchy.

Personal life[edit]

Religion[edit]

Lewis was born to a Scientologist family. He starred in Scientology training films, and was a sponsor of the Scientology drug rehabilitation front group Narconon.[2][3] Lewis left the Church of Scientology in his early 20s.[4]

Legal troubles[edit]

Lewis was arrested three times between 2011 and 2012. In January 2012, he struck two men in the head with a bottle while engaged in a fight. He pleaded no contest to charges of assault with a deadly weapon in the case.[4] The second arrest came about six weeks after the first, with Lewis accused of attempting to break into a woman's home. He pleaded no contest in that case as well. Considering the cases, a probation official expressed that he was "very concerned for the well-being of not only the community but that of the defendant", that he suffered from mental health issues as well as chemical dependency, and that Lewis would "continue to be a threat to any community he may reside in".[4] Lewis was released from a Los Angeles County, California, jail on September 24th, 2012, two days before his death.[4]

Psychiatric Misdiagnosis[edit]

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On October 30, 2011, Lewis suffered head injuries from a high-speed motorcycle accident. Though an MRI was indicated, none was done. He started manifesting bizarre and illogical behavior from that point, and concurrent to his ensuing legal troubles. His medical discharge summary dated January 11, 2012, states that Lewis was suffering from "Ecchymosis, periorbital," or basal skull fracture, with likely internal hemorrhaging. This data, on medical record, was known about by each psychiatrist and mental health evaluator, yet the diagnosis persisted as "drug-induced psychosis," despite the fact that Lewis never once during the final year of his life tested positive for drugs. Symptoms of brain injury include sensitivity to light, unfocused eyes, illogical, sometimes violent behavior, inability to make decisions, all of which Lewis manifested. His sensitivity to light was such that he would prefer to sit in a room with all the lights out, illuminated by one candle. The Lewis family repeatedly pointed to this evidence, yet the drug abuse diagnosis and treatment persisted. Though he may have in the past experimented with drugs, they were not a factor in his troubles during his final year. The treatment for brain injury is complete and total rest for several months. Lewis was not afforded this during most of his final year. There was a time, however, when he was able to mainly rest for a month or so, at Ridgeview Ranch, in the hills of Altadena, California. His health, vision and reasoning abilities were coming back. He was seeing friends, speaking to directors, writing and making plans for a return to show business through stage acting. A journal entry from this period reads, "Felt more whole today...more real, more complete, like parts of myself had been stolen in my sleep and scattered all over the world and now they've begun to return. So I think better, my thoughts aren't being sent off on their own."

In early August 2012, he was well enough to be granted provisional out-patient status. He made a deal with the District Attorney of the San Fernando Court - his freedom for "time served." He was assured that he would likely simply just spend a couple more days in jail, no more. The couple days turned into nearly two more months during which he suffered a severe downturn in health and spirits. Released from jail September 21st, he determined to make his own way and get his life together.

Death[edit]

On September 26, 2012, Lewis and an 81-year-old woman, Catherine Davis, were found dead at a home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) found Lewis's body on the home's driveway.[6] Davis was found dead inside the home, which appeared to have been ransacked. Broken glass and a dead cat were found in the home, as well.[4] Davis's death was investigated as a homicide, in which Lewis was a suspect, and it is now determined that Lewis broke into the house and committed the murders of Davis and her cat. According to multiple reports, police were called to the scene after neighbors heard the 81-year-old woman screaming.[6]

Neighbors told police they saw a man jump the fence on the Davis property, assault a homeowner and painter next door, then jump back over the fence.[6] According to the LAPD, Lewis then either fell or jumped from the home's roof, garage, or patio.[6][7][8][9] An autopsy report released on November 29, 2012 stated that Lewis did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system when he died. Lewis had a history of drug abuse, leading to speculation by his attorney that the actor may have suffered a drug-induced psychosis when he allegedly killed his landlady.[1] Toxicology reports came back negative for marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, psychedelic drugs or anti-psychotic medication. The autopsy report did indicate he had suffered partial strangulation and had fingernail marks on his neck when he died.[1] There was no indication that Lewis had been pushed or that he jumped from the roof in an act of suicide. His death was ruled accidental.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2004Raise Your VoiceEngelbert "Kiwi" Wilson
2005Pretty PersuasionWarren Prescott
2005UnderclassmanAlexander Jeffries
2007Palo AltoNolan
2007Aliens vs. Predator: RequiemRicky
2008One Missed CallBrian Sousa
2008FelonSnowman
2010The RunawaysScottie
2011Lovely MollyTim
2011Magic ValleyJohn
2012186 Dollars to FreedomJorge
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
20007th HeavenNortonEpisode: "Tunes"
2000Malcolm in the MiddleCadet MartinEpisode: "Therapy"
2001Judging AmyDesmondEpisode: "Surprised by Gravity"
2001UndressedRayUnknown episodes
2001—2003Boston PublicBodhi4 episodes
2001—2002The Sausage FactoryGilby13 episodes
2002The GuardianTed PopperEpisode: "Mothers of the Disappeared"
2002Yes, DearRickyEpisode: "Making Babies"
2003—2004American DreamsLenny7 episodes
2004Drake & JoshScottie4 episodes
2004—2005QuintupletsPearce Chase22 episodes
2005SmallvilleGabriel DuncanEpisode: "Hidden"
2005—2006The O.C.Dennis "Chili" Childress9 episodes
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTad SidleyEpisode: "Up in Smoke"
2007Eight Days a WeekTelevision film
2007BonesEnzo FalcinellaEpisode: "The Priest in the Churchyard"
2007SharkMichael HackfordEpisode: "Student Body"
2008Cold CaseTruitt "Spider" LelandEpisode: "Spiders"
2008—2009Sons of AnarchyKip "Half Sack" Epps26 episodes
2009Criminal MindsEric Ryan OlsonEpisode: "Zoe's Reprise"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d McCartney, Anthony (November 29, 2012). "Actor who apparently killed landlady not on drugs". Associated Press via Yahoo news. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Baker Machado, Sheena Rao, Alexis L. Loinaz and Melanie Bromley. "Johnny Lewis' Scientology Link: Sons of Anarchy Star Was "Born Into the Church," Source Says". News. E1 Online. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dillon, Nancy; Cavaliere, Victoria (September 28, 2012). "‘Sons of Anarchy’ actor Johnny Lewis was 'out of control' before rampage, championed Scientology drug-treatment program before rampage". nydailynews.com. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Risling, Greg (September 28, 2012). "Warning signs seen before actor's violent end.". Associated Press via Yahoo News. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.lamag.com/features/2014/01/30/the-secret-life-of-johnny-lewis/
  6. ^ a b c d "Suspect in killing of Los Angeles woman was actor". AP via Yahoo! News. September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ 'Sons of Anarchy' Actor Johnny Lewis Found Dead -- Suspect in Bizarre L.A. Double Death TMZ.com, September 27, 2012
  8. ^ Johnny Lewis Dead: 'Sons Of Anarchy' Actor Found Dead Outside Los Feliz Woman's Home The Huffington Post, September 27, 2012
  9. ^ "Katy Perry's ex, Johnny Lewis, found dead". Toronto Sun. September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 

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