Robert Q. Lewis

Actor and Broadcaster
Born Apr 25, 1920

Robert Q. Lewis was an American radio and television personality, game show host, and actor. Lewis added the middle initial "Q. " to his name accidentally on the air in 1942, when he responded to a reference to radio comedian F. Chase Taylor's character, Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle, by saying, "and this is Robert Q. Lewis.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on April 25, 1920.


1931 11 Years Old Lewis made his radio debut in 1931, at age 11, on a local radio show, "Dr. Posner's Kiddie Hour".
1938 18 Years Old He enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1938, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity (later merged into Zeta Beta Tau).


1942 22 Years Old He left to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1942 and became a radio operator in the Signal Corps. … Read More


Lewis was an early arrival on network television, presiding over more than one series at a time. The Robert Q. Lewis Show had a six-month run on CBS's Sunday night television lineup from July 16, 1950 to January 7, 1951.
1952 32 Years Old In 1952, he settled into his most enduring game show role as host of ABC's The Name's the Same.
1954 34 Years Old In 1954, Lewis gave up the show to devote more time to his variety program; several times during his tenure, contestants appeared on the show bearing the name Robert Q. Lewis.
1958 38 Years Old In 1958, he hosted the short-lived original version of Make Me Laugh.


1962 42 Years Old In 1962, he substituted for and ultimately replaced Merv Griffin as host of Play Your Hunch.
1964 44 Years Old In 1964, he hosted the short-lived game show Get the Message on ABC. … Read More


1991 72 Years Old Lewis was a long-time smoker, and was frequently seen smoking cigarettes on the air in the early days of television. At that time smoking was not uncommon on panel shows. He died in 1991 at age 71 of emphysema, leaving no immediate survivors. … Read More
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