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Jerry Lewis –


About Jerry Lewis (1926 – 2017)

Born March 16, 1926, Jerry Lewis is an American comedian, award-winning actor, producer, writer, director and singer. He is best-known for his slapstick humor on stage, screen and television, his singing ability in a string of music album recordings and his charity fund-raising telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented. On December 10, 2008, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Lewis had been selected to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on February 22, 2009. As a film innovator, Lewis is credited with inventing the video assist system.

Lewis started performing at the age of five, and by the age of fifteen had developed his Record Act, in which he mimed lyrics of operatic and popular songs to a phonograph.

Jerry Lewis tried his hand at singing in the 1950s, having a chart hit with the song "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" (a song originated by Al Jolson and popularized by Judy Garland) as well as the song, "It All Depends On You" in 1958. He eventually released his own album titled, Jerry Lewis Just Sings.

Lewis taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a number of years, mentoring such students as George Lucas.

Lewis was one of the top movie comedians of the 1950s and 1960s.

Lewis teamed up with Dean Martin and became a hugely successful comedy team on stage, screen and radio. They made a string of popular movies from 1949 to 1956, with Martin as the straight man and Lewis as the zany cut-up. After they ended their partnership, Lewis went on to produce, direct and star in comedies.

Lewis has been married twice. His first wife was Patti Palmer, They married on October 3, 1944, and divorced September of 1980. Palmer was a singer whose birth name was Esther Calonico. His second wife was SanDee Pitnick. They married on February 13, 1983 to Present. They were married in Key Biscayne, FL; at the time she was 32-year old Las Vegas dancer.

Jerry has a total of six sons and one adopted daughter.

Gary Harold Lee Levitch was born on July 31, 1946 with Patti Palmer - Gary Levitch's name was subsequently legally changed to Gary Lewis. Gary was a 1960s' pop musician who had a string of hits with his group Gary Lewis and the Playboys.

Ronald Lewis; adopted July 1950 with Patti Palmer.

Scott Lewis; born February 1956 to Patti Palmer.

Christopher Joseph Lewis; born October 1957 to Patti Palmer.

Anthony Lewis; born October 1959 to Patti Palmer.

Joseph Lewis; born January 1964 to Patti Palmer.

Danielle Sarah Lewis (daughter); adopted March 1992 with SanDee Pitnick.

Lewis battled prostate cancer, diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis, and has had two heart attacks. He suffered a serious heart attack in December of 1982 in which he was declared clinically dead but was miraculously revived. He had a second minor heart attack on June 11th, 2006.

Jerry Lewis's notable movie credits include...

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (2008) (V) (voice) .... Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love
LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit .... Andrew Munch (1 episode, 2006)
MISS CAST AWAY (2004) (uncredited) .... Plane Passenger
THE SIMPSONS .... Professor John Frink, Sr. (1 episode, 2003)
FUNNY BONES (1995) .... George Fawkes
MAD ABOUT YOU .... Freddy Statler (1 episode, 1993)
ARIZONA DREAM (1993) .... Leo Sweetie
MR. SATURDAY NIGHT (1992) .... Guest
COOKIE (1989) .... Arnold Ross
WISEGUY .... Eli Sternberg (5 episodes, 1988-1989)



Jerry Lewis in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963).




Jerry Lewis, with Dean Martin, in the
(television series 1950 - 1955).