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Christopher Michael Hewett (5 April 1922 – 3 August 2001) was an Englishmarker actor and theatre director best known for his role as Lynn Belvedere on the ABC sitcom Mr. Belvedere.

Career

Hewett was born in Worthingmarker, Sussex, Englandmarker, to an army officer father and a Irishmarker mother who was a descendent of Daniel O'Connell. He was educated at Beaumont Collegemarker, and at age 7, he made his acting debut in Dublinmarker 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 theatremarker debut in 1943.

He later appeared on Broadwaymarker in the musicals My Fair Lady, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Music Is, and Kean and in the play Sleuth, 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.

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 effeminate stage 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. His last onscreen role was a cameo appearance on the FOX series Ned & Stacey in 1997.

Personal life and death

A devout Catholic and lifelong bachelor, Hewitt served as a deacon at St. Victor's church in West Hollywoodmarker. During his later years, he suffered from arthritis and diabetes. On August 3, 2001, Hewett died of compilations from diabetes. He was never married and had no children.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1951 Pool of London Mike
The Lavender Hill Mob Inspector Talbot
1954 The Million Pound Note Irate Investor Uncredited
Alternative title: Man with a Million
1968 The Producers Roger De Bris
1986 Ratboy Acting Coach
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1955 Robert Montgomery Presents 1 episode
1959 DuPont Show of the Month Policeman 1 episode
1976 Ivan the Terrible Federov 5 episodes
1979 ABC Afterschool Special Butler 1 episode
1982 ABC Theatre of the Month: The Elephant Man Ross Television movie
Hart to Hart Jeremy Lane 1 episode
Massarati and the Brain Anatole Television movie
1983-1984 Fantasy Island Lawrence 8 episodes
1984 E/R Englishman 1 episode
1985-1990 Mr. Belvedere Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere 115 episodes
1987 The New Mike Hammer 1 episode
Murder, She Wrote Humphrey Defoe 1 episode
1990 A Very Retail Christmas Ghost of Christmas Past Television movie
1994 California Dreams Mr. Green 1 episode
1997 Ned & Stacey Himself 1 episode


Award nomination

Year Award Result Category Series
2004 TV Land Award Nominated Best Broadcast Butler Mr. Belvedere


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