Saturday, April 13, 2024

Johnny Lewis: TV Actor, Landlady Killer, Cat Dismemberer, Scientologist


Johnny Lewis, the actor from the F/X TV series “Sons of Anarchy,” strangled his landlady to death, dismembered her cat, and then fell to his death yesterday after a wild rampage in Hollywood. Now it turns out that he was a Scientologist who came from a Scientology family. His father, Michael Shelton Lewis, worked his way up to the higher echelons of Scientology beginning in 1980. The last course he took was in 2008 according to the website  Michael Lewis has gotten as far as OTVII, which means he speaks to aliens, and also did the course for drug counselors.

TMZ reports that Lewis’s son, the now infamous Johnny Lewis, had been in Narconon in 2004, and published a picture of Lewis from Narconon from that time. Johnny Lewis’s Scientology courses stop in 2004, according to

This has certainly been a tough summer for the religious cult. Aside from the Tom Cruise mess, Tony Ortega reported in the Village Voice about the mysterious death of Alexander Jentzsch, son of reclusive Scientology leader Heber Jentzsch. I can’t wait to read Ortega’s book, which should detail all the missing and dead members of the cult, what happened to them and why. As for Lewis, there are still many unanswered questions.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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