Dennis Cleveland Stewart

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Dennis Cleveland Stewart
Dennis Cleveland Stewart

July 29, 1947
DiedApril 20, 1994(1994-04-20) (aged 46)
OccupationActor, dancer
Years active1977–1993

Dennis Cleveland Stewart (July 29, 1947 – April 20, 1994) was an American actor and dancer.

Early life[edit]

Stewart was born in Los Angeles, California on July 29, 1947.


Dennis is known for playing Leo "Craterface" Balmudo, the Scorpions' gang leader in Grease (1978),[1] and reprised the role in Grease 2 (1982), he also appeared as a dancer in Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.


Stewart, who was homosexual, contracted HIV in 1993 and died from pneumonia as a result of his complications from AIDS in 1994.[2]



Year Title Role Other notes
1977 Pete's Dragon Fisherman Uncredited
1978 Grease Leo, Scorpions member Billed as Dennis C. Stewart
1978 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Dancer #27 Cameo
1979 Elvis TV movie
1981 Zoot Suit Swabbie
1982 Grease 2 Balmudo Billed as Dennis C. Stewart
1983 D.C. Cab Ski Mask Hoodlum Aka Street Fleet
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Ronnie Sample TV movie
1988 Cop Lawrence "Birdman" Henderson
1990 Fatal Charm Moody Direct-to-video


Year Title Role Other notes
1977 CHiPs Starkey Episode: "Undertow"
1980 Angie Dance Instructor Episode: "Theresa's Gigolo"
1983 The Greatest American Hero Lenny Episode: "It's Only Rock and Roll"
1985 Trapper John, M.D. Drunk Episode: "Bad Breaks"
1985 Moonlighting Blond Mohawk Episode: "Pilot"
1985 Hunter Goon with Mohawk Episode: "The Snow Queen: Part 2"
1985 Misfits of Science Taggart Episode: "Steer Crazy"
1986 The A-Team Kid Episode: "Waiting for Insane Wayne"
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Thief #2 Episode: "Four O'Clock"
1986 MacGyver Tom Episode: "Three for the Road"
1989 Jesse Hawkes Chino Kane Episode: "Eddy Street"
1991 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Cellmate / Mean Guy Episodes: "Randall Without a Cause", "Obscene and Not Heard"
(final appearance)


  1. ^ Mansour, David (2005), From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century, Andrews Mcmeel
  2. ^ "Is Grease cursed? The ill fortune that's plagued the film's stars", Daily Mirror, January 21, 2010, retrieved September 5, 2013

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