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Louis Thomas Pickles

Grandpa Lou Pickles

Louis Kalhern "Lou" Pickles
November 8, 1915
Voiced by
David Doyle (1990-1997)
Joe Alaskey (1997-2008)
Playing with his grandsons and the other babies, watching TV, fishing, sleeping
Trixie Pickles (First wife; deceased)
Lulu Pickles (Current wife)
Drew Pickles (Son)
Charlotte Pickles (Daughter-in-law)
Stu Pickles (Son)
Didi Pickles (Daughter-in-law)
Tommy Pickles, Dil Pickles (Grandsons)
Angelica Pickles (Granddaughter)
Sparky Pickles (Brother; deceased)
June Pickles (Sister-in-law)
Miriam Pickles (Cousin)
First Appearance
Last Appearance
Louis Kalhern "Grandpa Lou" Pickles (born November 8, 1915) is the father of Drew and Stu Pickles, and the grandfather of Tommy, Dil, and Angelica. He is a caring grandfather, and loves to spend time with his grandsons and their friends. He is voiced by David Doyle (1990-1997) and Joe Alaskey (1997-2008). 
220px-David Doyle actor

David Doyle.

Joe Alaskey

Joe Alaskey.


Being the elder patriarch of the Pickles family, and young at heart, he likes to be adventurous. Occasionally, he flirts with women. He is commonly thought of as having a wild imagination from the many stories he tells of his earlier years. In these stories, the number 15 is prevalent in various ways. Whenever Lou appears, his usual routine is to fall asleep in the middle of telling the kids a story. He loves his grandchildren deeply, and always enjoys spending time with Tommy and the others.

He shares a rivalry with his cousin, Miriam, but besides his rivalry with Miriam, he's had several other rivals. His bowling rival was Billy "Strike" Maxwell (seen in King Ten Pin), however, Lou later regains his honor by beating him after it's revealed that Maxwell was cheating the entire time. He also has a recurring rival with Conan McNulty, with Conan often lying to him and cheating.

When his wife Trixie has to go out of town, Lou takes care of his sons and grandchildren, and while he loves his sons, he has a great frustration with their constant bickering. Over the years, Lou has had many jobs, including a solider in the war, a cook, a repairman for small appliances, and a detective. Lou is also a bit of a schemer. He has quite a talent for playing the trumpet, as he was given a solo for the war veterans concert in Grandpa's Teeth. One of the things he loves to do is fishing and mostly watching TV, he's almost always seen watching a show involving fishing. While Lou enjoys doing new things, he can be very stubborn with trying some new things. He frequently compares the modern day world to the way it was in his day, often bragging on that the way something is done is nothing compared to how he did it when he was younger. He is, however, often thought to be making these stories up.


Lou Pickles has peach skin and a pair of white eyes with black pupils. He has gray hair and is often shown wearing a purple shirt and a green vest. He looked just like his son, Drew Pickles, when he was younger, but as he got older, he now looks more like his other son, Stuart Pickles.


Lou Pickles has appeared in many episodes of Rugrats and All Grown Up!. His first appearance in Rugrats was Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing, while his last appearance was in the All Grown Up! episode Golden Boy.


You can find the Louis Pickles gallery here.


  • He seems closer to Stu and Didi than to Drew and Charlotte. Even when his sons were still children, Lou seemed closer to Stu than to Drew.
  • Lou often talks about his brother, Sparky Pickles.
  • In Aunt Miriam, Lou states that he is actually 76 years old, meaning he could have been born in 1916. Lou's real age is unknown, since he stated in the episode Chuckie Gets Skunked, that he recalled a childhood memory with his brother Sparky back in 1906, meaning he was alive before 1916.
  • In the pilot episode, Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing, Lou is called "Stu Pickles Sr." in the credits.
  • In Aunt Miriam, Miriam remembers that she and Lou played with their friends Bill and Jill when they were kids. Phil and Lil stated in Potty-Training Spike that Bill and Jill are the names of their aunt and uncle.
  • In Touchdown Tommy, Lou stated that he played football at Minnesota State University.
  • He is the only character who's original cast member died during the show's 14 year period, as David Doyle died in 1997.
  • In Wrestling Grandpa, Lou was a former wrestler known as "Pretzel Maker" Pickles.
  • His catchphrase is "In my day..." followed by some fact about his youth.
  • Lou was a Private First Class during World War II.
  • He was present at the Battle of Pearl Harbor, but apparently slept though the whole thing.
  • In Baseball he mentions that he played minor league baseball.

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