The world mourns the passing of this legendary comedian, star.
I grew up watching his comedy shows in black and white and when they became color, I was right there too. He was a master at making us laugh. He was a genius and had his hand in many successes over the years on television. He will be missed.
RIP Jerry Lewis
this is one of the best/awkward interviews he ever gave. pic.twitter.com/kMhsfmQTMc
— Adam Rose (@RealAdamRose) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes reported that he died at his home at 9:15 a.m. and his agent confirmed the news.
Over the past 10 years of his life, the cranky icon’s reputation soured as he was forced to apologize for making a gay slur on camera during the 2007 telethon, continued to make racist jokes into his ’90s, and didn’t hesitate to share his right-wing political views.
He appeared in a few later films such as Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” but Lewis was largely offscreen from the late ’60s on and was more active with his annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon, for which he raised more than $2.45 billion before being relieved of his role as leader of the telethon in 2011.
He was born Joseph Levitch in Newark, N.J. Both his parents were in show business and, at the age of 5, Lewis made his debut at a Borscht Belt hotel singing “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”
In 1972 he lent his name to a string of 200 movie theaters for Network Cinema Corp., which led to bankruptcy proceedings in 1974. His heavy schedule also brought him to the verge of a nervous breakdown, serious ulcer problems and painkiller drug dependency. In 1982 he had double-bypass heart surgery and gave up his four pack-a-day smoking habit.
In 2009, Lewis received the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Award for his charitable work. In May 2014, he added his footprints to those of other screen luminaries at the Chinese Theatre.
— Joshua Crompton (@PhillyNewsGuy) August 20, 2017
Dean Martin en Jerry Lewis.. Together again :'( pic.twitter.com/UHGTeJEGaS
— Zwartekat (@zwartekat) August 20, 2017
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I guess it's time for that again.
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) August 20, 2017
He was a real S.O.B., but most legends are. Rest In Peace, Jerry Lewis. pic.twitter.com/PqnfxXanqW
— Matthias (@MatthiasBe) August 20, 2017
RIP Jerry Lewis. Thank you for the telethons, the video-tap, and THE KING OF COMEDY– your most perfect, funny, sad, sly performance pic.twitter.com/VAWsCXrBCE
— Richard Shepard (@SaltyShep) August 20, 2017
RIP comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, seen here in his tour-de-force performance in The Nutty Professor, 1963. pic.twitter.com/0mBViYqo1P
— Channing Thomson (@CHANNINGPOSTERS) August 20, 2017