American actor Al Lewis, who played GRANDPA in hit 1950s comedy The Munsters, has died. He was 95.

Lewis, who had suffered years of failing health, passed away with his wife KAREN at his bedside in New York on Friday (03FEB06) night.

The much-loved actor hosted a weekly programme on New York radio station WBAI-FM after a long career in TV and film.

He is survived by Karen, three sons and four grandchildren.