Thursday, July 9, 2009

What Happened to Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett)?

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

A devout Catholic, Hewitt served as a deacon at St. Victor's church in West Hollywood. During his later years, he suffered from arthritis and diabetes. On August 3, 2001, Hewett died of compilations from diabetes at the age of 79.


After Mr. Belvedere, Hewett starred in 1 episode of "California Dreams" - Mr. Green (1994), as well as one episode of "Ned and Stacey" - Himself (1997)

Trivia

Of English and Irish extraction, Christopher Hewett was raised in England. His mother helped run a plantation in Malaysia, and was an actress herself. He attended Wimbledon College, a prestigious Jesuit school, before serving in the British armed forces.

Although born in England, Christopher started his stage career in Ireland at the age of 7 in a production of "Midsummer Night's Dream."

Confirmed bachelor who never married or sired offspring.

Devoutly Catholic.

Traced his descent (on his Irish side) from Irish political agitator Daniel O'Connell.

Christopher served two years in the Royal Air Force and was discharged at age 18 after a two year stint. He immediately joined the Oxford Repertory Co. where he performed in 104 plays. He also was an air raid warden during WWII. He moved to New York in 1954 and made his Broadway premiere in 1956 with the original cast of "My Fair Lady".

Performed and directed on Broadway from 1955-81. One of the highlights of his stage career was in the original stage production of "My Fair Lady" where he originated the role of Rex Harrison's competing egotistical linguist, "Zoltan Karpathy.".

His Belvedere character was the topic for a popular 1991 "Saturday Night Live" skit, in which a convention is held for the fictional butler.

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