Vaudeville and stage performer

Al Lewis, veteran vaudeville and stage performer who later carved his niche as head writer on the popular “Our Miss Brooks” TV show of the 1950s, died Feb. 3 of congestive heart failure in Huntington Beach. He was 89.

Lewis began his career on the stage as a 4-year-old doing an Al Jolson impression. As an adult, he discovered a talent for comedy writing and penned comedy sketches for Jolson, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Robert Benchley.

During the 1950s, he was the head scribe on Eve Arden’s hit TV series of the 1950s “Our Miss Brooks.” He also penned several films including “The Ziegfeld Follies” (1946) and the first of the Ma and Pa Kettle films, “Ma and Pa Kettle” (1949), which became a franchise of sorts for Universal.

His wife, Bernice , died in 1990.

He is survived by his twins sons, Dan and Michael and numerous gRandchildren and great grandchildren.

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