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Fun Facts: Axel from The Walking Dead was once a scout for the Houston Astros

Feb 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT


His name is Lew Temple, but perhaps you know him better as Axel, the sketchy prison inmate who’s just trying to fit in from the AMC series The Walking Dead. As you know, Axel met a tragic demise in Sunday night’s episode, gunned down by the governor during his attack on the prison. Well, at least he wasn’t zombie lunch. Axel, RIP.

In real life, however, Lew Temple played some baseball — which you’d never guess from watching him on The Walking Dead. Temple was actually a pretty decent player: he was team MVP for Div. II Rollins College (FL) in 1982, leading the Tars to a Sunshine State Conference title. Other notable Rollins alumni? Buddy Ebsen and Elin Nordegren.

Temple, a catcher, went on to a short minor league career with the Mariners and Astros. He then became a major league scout for the Mets and Astros.

Movies? Yep, he’s been in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Waitress, to name just two.

  1. Josiah Schlatter - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Unfortunately, he was used successfully as a dead human shield by Carol, one of my least favorite characters on the pro. Spooning a dead guy is so bush league.