Jerry Lewis, the legendary comic actor and filmmaker, is to be honoured at the fourth annual TCM Classic Film Festival event in Hollywood this April.
Now 87, Lewis will participate in adding his hand and footprints outside the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre (formally the Chinese Grauman’s Theatre) on Hollywood Boulevard, alongside his former comedy partner Dean Martin, who added his mark in 1964.
Other legendary imprints include Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen and Jack Nicholson. Recent 2013 additions include Robert De Niro and Emma Thompson.
Following the event, Lewis will attend a screening of one of his most famous film, The Nutty Professor (1963) followed by a discussion of the film and a Q&A with the audience.
In addition to his 10 years partnership with Dean Martin from 1946 to 1956, Lewis became one of Paramount Pictures greatest comedy stars throughout the 1950s and 60s, often staring, writing, producing and directing his own films, including The Delicate Delinquent (1957), The Bellboy (1960) and Cinderfella (1960).
For the past 60 years, Lewis has also been involved in charity work for the muscular dystrophy association, raising over $2 billion for research and patient care. From 1966 until 2010, Lewis was the muscular dystrophy association chairman, and hosted an annual telethon to raise funds. Lewis received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar in 2009 for his charity work.
TCM Classic Film Festival host Robert Osborne has said in a statement, “Jerry is a very important name whenever movie comedy is discussed and enjoyed. Jerry has provided the world with great merriment and laughter…add to that his many credits as a popular director, producer and writer, and you see the reasons we are pleased to be able to honour him for his more than 60 years of contributions to the world of motion pictures.”
Previous subjects of the TCM Film Festival have included Peter O’Toole, Kim Novak and Jane Fonda.
This year’s ceremony will take place on Saturday 12th April 2014 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
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