Entertainer Jerry Lewis Is Dead

21 August, 2017, 08:16 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Jerry and Dean Martin during their early days. Source Getty

Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, his publicist Candi Cazau.

Another tweet from Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter John Katsilometes says Lewis died peacefully from natural causes at his home in Vegas. attributing a statement from his family.

After his acrimonious split with Martin, Lewis made a string of successful film comedies in the late 1950s and 1960s, first as an actor and then as actor/director-including, most famously, 1963's The Nutty Professor.

Stars of the stage and screen have taken to twitter to pay tribute to the legendary Lewis. Whoopi Goldberg called it "a gain for heaven, but big loss for comedy".

The world is less amusing today.

Jerry's Kids: But comedy isn't the only place Lewis is a legend. After their breakup, which was anything but amicable, Jerry Lewis spun his solo career into a series of hit comedies that would, for the time, practically define the word "zany". "I am because he was!".

Jerry with longtime fan Jim Carrey. Source Getty
Jerry with longtime fan Jim Carrey. Source Getty

He was also a philanthropist.

"Jerry Lewis has passed on". When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I had the honor of working with him, and it was an experience I'll always treasure. Loved him & will never forget what he did for me during one of the worst times in my life.

He first came to prominence in the 1940's as part of a duo along with singer Dean Martin. He followed in his parents' footsteps as soon as he turned 5 with his debut at New York's "Borscht Belt" nightclubs in the Catskill Mountains. He was also a writer and director.

He made a gay slur during a 2007 telethon, often made racist and misogynistic jokes and was vocal about his right-wing political views.

"I stayed that way". And you don't get too many belly laughs nowadays. "It's a wonderful place to be". Following a joint performance in 1946, one of the greatest partnerships in the history of entertainment was born. He was inducted into the Legion of Honour, France's highest award, in 1984.

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