Monday, February 4, 2013

In Memorium - Garrett Lewis - Actor, Dancer & Set Designer

Garrett Lewis is directly to the left of Julie Andrews
He was usually called upon to do her lifts and
frequently performed special bits with her.
It is with great regret that I announce the passing of Garrett Lewis. Garrett was one of the eight Tony Charmoli Dancers, but his work on The Julie Andrews Hour was not his first time working with Julie Andrews.

Garrett first met Julie when she was starring on Broadway in My Fair Lady. Later, he played opposite her in the film Star! If you watch The Julie Andrews Hour, you will not miss Garrett. He was the tallest dancer in the group and on many occasions had special bits.

Later, Garrett went on to work as set decorator on 37 films, including Pretty Woman and Mrs. Doubtfire. He was a four time Academy Award nominee in the category of best Art Direction. The films for which he was nominated were:  Beaches, Glory, Hook and Dracula.

Last year, I was lucky enough to speak to Garrett Lewis. He called me from a hospital where he was recovering from a recent series of illnesses. He was a very kind and interesting man with no sense of snobbishness about his great history, but an awareness that his had been a very interesting life. It was an honor to speak to him.

For more information, please visit my previous blog:

Please don't miss Garrett Lewis' wonderful interview with Richard Skipper for Richard's book on Hello Dolly:

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