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Mort R. Lewis
Mort R. Lewis
Position Writer
Biographical Information
Birthdate 1897 or 1908 (see below)
Birthplace New York, New York, United States
Death Date May 21, 1991
Death Place Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Mort R. Lewis was a writer on Bewitched. He wrote the first season episode, "Remember the Main" (1965).


Mort R. Lewis was a veteran writer for radio, television and film.

Beginning as a radio comedy writer for entertainers such as Jimmy Durante, Jackie Gleason and George Burns, Lewis moved to television where he was co-creator of “The Public Defenders” and a regular contributor on such series as “Bonanza,” “Truth or Consequences” and “This Is Your Life.”

Lewis advocated and taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the movie industry. The American Heart Association and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored him for his CPR efforts. Lewis was also a recognized expert on the Civil War and an early advocate of televised debates between presidential candidates.[2]

He was married to Isabelle Jacobs Lewis, born Buckner in 1912.[3]

Lewis died of pneumonia on May 21, 1991, in Santa Monica, California.[4]


There is conflicting information about Lewis' birthdate. The Los Angeles Times obituary for Mort R. Lewis reports he died at age 82, but no mention is made of his birthdate. The Internet Movie Database lists his birthdate as June 14, 1897 and his death date of May 21, 1991, making him 93 at the time of his passing. The MyHeritage family history website cites 1908 as his birth year, his death year as 1991, and his age as 83 at the time of his death.


  1. Mort R. Lewis on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on November 24, 2019.
  2. "Mort R. Lewis; Writer Taught CPR to Movie Industry", obituary, Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1991. Retrieved on September 19, 2020, edited.
  3. Mort R. Lewis, MyHeritage website. Retrieved on September 19, 2020.
  4. Ibid.