Remembering Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)

Jerry Lewis

On 20th August 2017, American actor and comedian Jerry Lewis passed away in Las Vegas at the age of 91.

Lewis is known for his partnership with fellow actor Dean Martin. From 1946 to 1956, they performed live shows, appeared on television consistently and released 16 films. Martin was the straight-man, whilst Lewis was the silly sidekick. The slapstick humour from their live shows would appear in their films, aswell as many musical performances from Martin.

After their split, Lewis continued to be successful in his solo career, often writing, producing, directing and staring as the lead in his films. His most famous film is The Nutty Professor, released in 1963.

Lewis co-hosted the Academy Awards in 1956, 1957 and 1959. He also received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2009 ceremony for his fundraising work.

Lewis was involved in various charity causes, most notably the Muscular Dystrophy Assosiation, of which he was Chairman from 1950 until 2011. It is estimated that he has raised $2.6billion for the charity during this period.

Below are a selection of clips from the work of Jerry Lewis;

Martin & Lewis sing Side By Side (1955)

The Nutty Professor (1963)

Jerry Lewis receiving his Academy Award (2009)

Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)

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About writingsuzanne

History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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