Dennis Cleveland Stewart Biography

Dennis Cleveland Stewart was an American actor and dance. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family, personal life, career, and achievements.

Quick Facts

Birthday: July 29, 1947

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors Dancers

Died At Age: 46

Sun Sign: Leo

Born in: Los Angeles, California

Famous as: Actor

Died on: April 20, 1994

U.S. State: California

City: Los Angeles

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Dennis Cleveland Stewart was an American actor and dancer. He is best remembered for his portrayal of ‘Leo “Craterface” Balmudo’ in the American romantic comedy ‘Grease.’ ‘Craterface’ was the opponent of the character played by renowned actor John Travolta. Stewart reprised the role in the sequel, ‘Grease 2.’ Being a good dancer helped Stewart get roles that required dance skills. He performed in a cameo role of a dancer in the musical comedy ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ He appeared as a dance instructor in the TV series ‘Angie.’ Stewart made small appearances in TV movies such as ‘Elvis’ and ‘Police Story: Cop Killer.’ He was also seen in single-episode roles in TV series such as ‘The Greatest American Hero,’ ‘Misfits of Science,’ and ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents.’ Stewart did not have a highly successful career. In his last days, he contracted AIDS. The TV series ‘Parker Lewis Can’t Lose’ marked his final screen appearance. He contracted pneumonia as a result of AIDS and died prematurely at the age of 46. His ashes were scattered in the sea.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • In 1977, Stewart made his acting debut with an uncredited appearance, as a fisherman, in the movie ‘Pete’s Dragon.’ The same year, he appeared as ‘Starkey’ in the TV series ‘CHiPs.’ It was a crime drama and featured Stewart in the episode ‘Undertow.’
  • In 1978, Stewart earned a career-defining role. He was chosen to portray ‘Leo “Craterface” Balmudo’ in the American musical romantic comedy ‘Grease.’ The movie had John Travolta playing the lead role. Stewart performed as the leader of the ‘Scorpion’ gang, which was a major hostile gang in the movie. As the movie was a huge success, Stewart was also noticed.
  • In 1978, Stewart performed as a dancer in the movie ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ In 1980, he performed as a dance instructor in an episode of the American sitcom ‘Angie,’ titled ‘Theresa’s Gigolo.’ In 1979, Stewart made a small appearance in the TV movie ‘Elvis.’ It was first aired on ‘ABC.’ In 1981, he performed as ‘Swabbie’ in the movie ‘Zoot Suit.’ It was a film adaptation of the ‘Broadway’ play of the same name.
  • In 1982, Stewart was chosen for the movie ‘Grease 2.’ It was a sequel to the movie ‘Grease.’ The movie had Stewart reprising his original character, ‘Leo “Craterface” Balmudo.’ The movie was not too successful. In 1983, Stewart appeared as ‘Ski Mask Hoodlum’ in the comedy ‘D.C. Cab.’
  • In 1985, Stewart made small appearances in several TV series, such as ‘Trapper John M.D.,’ ‘Moonlighting,’ ‘Hunter,’ and ‘Misfits of Science.’ In 1986, he appeared as a thief in an episode of the TV sitcom ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents.’ The same year, he appeared in an episode of the American adventure series ‘The A-Team,’ titled ‘Waiting for Insane Wayne.’
  • In 1988, Stewart played ‘Ronnie Sample’ in the TV movie ‘Police Story: Cop Killer.’ The same year, he performed as ‘Lawrence “Birdman” Henderson’ in the crime drama ‘Cop.’ In 1989, he appeared in an episode of the TV series ‘Jesse Hawkes.’ In 1991, Stewart performed in two episodes of the TV series ‘Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.’ It was aired on ‘Fox.’ This was Stewart’s last performance in any series or movie.
Family & Personal Life
  • Dennis Cleveland Stewart is believed to have been gay. There is no public information available about his marriage.
  • In 1993, Stewart contracted AIDS. In 1994, he developed pneumonia as a result of the complications due to AIDS. On April 20, 1994, Stewart breathed his last. He was 46 years old at the time of his death. His body was cremated, and the ashes were scattered in the sea.
  • There are many people who believe that the movie ‘Grease’ was cursed. Several stars who were associated with the movie suffered personal tragedies. Some of them were Jeff Conaway, Olivia Newton John, and John Travolta. People related the untimely death of Dennis Cleveland Stewart, too, to this curse.

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