The character actor died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, California

By People Staff
Updated April 08, 2015 07:45 AM
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Geoffrey Lewis, the father of actress Juliette Lewis, has died. He was 79.

The character actor died of natural causes Tuesday in Woodland Hills, California, a family friend confirmed to Variety.

Lewis was well known for his appearances in western films and his roles in multiple Clint Eastwood movies, including High Plains Drifter as Stacey Bridges (1973), heist drama Thunderbolt and Lightfoot with actor Jeff Bridges (1974), and the 1980 adventure comedy Bronco Billy.

He also had various television credits on popular series such as Hawaii Five-0, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the 1980 comedy Flo, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1981.

The San Diego-born actor grew up in Rhode Island and moved to California when he was 10 years old. He is survived by his wife Paula Hochhalter and 10 children, including his daughter Juliette, who posted a touching tribute to her late father on Instagram on Wednesday.

“I am forever my father’s daughter and he will never [be] gone,” she wrote beside an old photo of her and her dad.