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Jerry Lewis ACTOR


Jerry Lewis was born on March 16th, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey.  His parents were both Russian Jews.  His father was Daniel Levitch and he worked as a Master of Ceremonies and also worked as a vaudeville entertainer.  His mother was also involved in performing arts working as a piano player for a radio station.
At the young age of five, Lewis was already involved in performing arts.  Jerry would work alongside his father and often would travel and perform with his parents in the Catskill Mountains in New York.  By age fifteen he was miming the lyrics to songs and took on the stage name Jerry Lewis. 

Upon completing High School at Irvington High School in Irvington New Jersey, he paired up with Dean Martin and the two formed the comedy group Martin and Lewis.  They had a popular nightclub act followed by being the stars of their own radio program.  The two appeared on television on June 20th, 1948 on "The Ed Sullivan Show", followed by an appearance on, "Welcome Aboard" (1948) and shortly thereafter the film "At War With the Army" (1950) with his partner Dean Martin again and Polly Bergen and Mike Kellin.  They worked with Paramount in a variety of comedic films before deciding it was time to part ways.  

On July 24th, 1956 the two ended their partnership, but both men continued to work in the industry going their separate ways and both having successful careers.  Lewis remained working with Paramount and was a major comedic star.  His first solo film was, "The Delicate Delinquent" (1957) with Darren McGavin, Frank Gorshin and Martha Hyer followed by an appearance in, "Li'l Abner" (1959) with Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stella Stevens and Julie Newmar, Donna Douglas, Howard St. John, Valerie Harper and Stubby Kaye.  Lewis also took a chance at recording his own music album titled, "Jerry Lewis Just Sings".

He also did his own production film, "Cinderfella" (1960) starring alongside Ed Wynn, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Robert Hutton, Henry Silva and Judith Anderson.  He was responsible for developing the technique of using portable and affordable video equipment which became known as video assist.  He continued to act and direct more films such as, "The Ladies Man" (1961) with Lillian Briggs, Helen Traubel, Kathleen Freeman, Buddy Lester, Pat Stanley and George Raft, "The Errand Boy" (1961) co-starring Brian Donlevy, Sig Ruman, Kathleen Freeman, Howard McNear, Dick Wesson, Doodles Weaver, Joe Besser and Stanley Andrews, "The Patsy" (1964) also starring Everett Sloane, Phil Harris, Keenan Wynn, Peter Lorre, Ina Balin and John Carradine with cameos by George Raft, Hedda Hopper, Ed Sullivan, Ed Wynn, Mel Torme, Rhonda Fleming, Scatman Crothers, Billy Beck, Hans Conried, Richard Deacon, Del Moore, Neil Hamilton, Buddy Lester, Nancy Kulp, Norman Alden, Jack Albertson, Richard Bakalyan, Jerry Dunphy, Kathleen Freeman, Norman Leavitt, Eddie Ryder, Lloyd Thaxton, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon and Dan Blocker and the "Nutty Professor" (1963) with Stella Stevens, Del Moore and Kathleen Freemanwhich was later remade by Eddie Murphy.

He also took a go at film writing alongside, Bill Richmond.  The two wrote and directed a comedy film, "The Family Jewels" (1965) with Sebastian Cabot and Donna Butterworth, where not only did he play a part in writing and directing he also acted in the film in several roles. 

Finally, Lewis made a career move, leaving his contract with Paramount and moving over to Columbia Records.   He made a variety of comedy's under his new contract and also taught part time at the University of Southern California.  Ironically, one of his students was Steven Spielberg, who later went on to be a very well known and famous director. 

His career was at an all time high, working as a director, actor, writer, teacher, musician and still working as a stage actor as well.  He appeared in a couple stage musicals such as, "Damn Yankees".  

As he approached the 80's and 90's, Lewis went back to working in film on, "The King of Comedy" (1983) starring Robert De Niro, Shelley Hack, Sandra Bernhard, Ed Herlihy and Diahnne Abbott, "Arizona Dream" starring Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway and "Funny Bones" co-starring Oliver Platt, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron, Richard Griffiths, Sadie Corre, Oliver Reed, George Carl, Freddie Davies and Ian McNeice (both 1995).  His television career consisted of a program called, "The Jerry Lewis Show".  There were three varieties of his show from 1963 to 1970, however all three were short lived and not received well by the public. 

In 2009, Jerry Lewis traveled to Cannes Film Festival and announced that he was going to make a return to the silver screen with the film, "Max Rose" (2011)  and he is also planning to remake three of his old classics, "The Bellboy", "Cinderfella" and "The Family Jewels". 

Throughout Jerry Lewis's lifetime he married twice. First to Patti Palmer, who was a former singer.  The couple married on October 3rd, 1944 and divorced in September 1980.  The couple had a total of six sons and one adpoted daughter.  He then married SanDee Pitnick on February 13th, 1983 and they couple are still together. 

He has suffered some heath ailments throughout his life.  Many years of back pain due to an injury and then in 1982 he suffered a heart attack.  2006 was followed with a 2nd minor heart attack.  Along with his heart ailments he has also suffered from prostate cancer, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis. 

Jerry Lewis has been honored with many awards such as, the winner of the special Photoplay Award in 1952, Winner for the Most Cooperative Actor, the Golden Apple Awards in 1954 and was nomitated for the nobel Peace Prize by US Presentative Lee Aspin in 1977.  He also received a nomiation in 1983 for Best Actor in a supporting role for, "The King Comedy".

Even enterring into the 2000's, Lewis continued to recevie a variety of awards such as the 2004 Career Achievment Award, 2005 Winner Governors Award, 2006 Winner of the Satellite Award for Outstanding Guest Star on TV's Law and Order and in 2009 he was inducted into the New Jersey hall of fame.  Jerry Lewis was also honored with two star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry. 

Jerry Lewis is also known for his charity fund raising telethons and he serves as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 


2011   Max Rose 
2009   Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! 
2008   The Nutty Professor 
2006   Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2004   Miss Castaway and the Island Girls
2003   The Simpsons
1995   Funny Bones 
1993   Mad About You 
1993   Arizona Dream 
1992   Mr. Saturday Night 
1989   Cookie
1988-1989  Wiseguy 
1987   Fight for Life
1984   How Did You Get In? We Didn't See You Leave 
1984   To Catch a Cop 
1983   Cracking Up 
1982   The King of Comedy 
1982   Slapstick (Of Another Kind) 
1980   Hardly Working 
1972   The Day the Clown Cried 
1970   The Red Skelton Hour 
1970   Which Way to the Front? 
1970   I One More Time 
1969   Hook, Line and Sinker
1968   Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
1967   The Big Mouth 
1966   Way... Way Out 
1966   Three on a Couch
1965   Boeing (707) Boeing (707) 
1965   Red Line 7000
1965   The Family Jewels
1965   Ben Casey  
1964   The Disorderly Orderly 
1964   The Patsy  
1963   Who's Minding the Store?
1963   It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 
1963   The Nutty Professor 
1962   It'$ Only Money 
1961   The Errand Boy 
1961   The Ladies Man
1960   Cinderfella 
1960   The Bellboy 
1960   Visit to a Small Planet 
1959   Li'l Abner 
1959   Startime 
1959   Don't Give Up the Ship  
1958   The Geisha Boy 
1958   Rock-a-Bye Baby 
1957   The Sad Sack 
1957   The Delicate Delinquent 
1956   Hollywood or Bust 
1956   Pardners  
1955   Artists and Models 
1955   You're Never Too Young 
1954   3 Ring Circus 
1954   Living It Up 
1953   Money from Home 
1953   The Caddy
1953   Scared Stiff
1952   The Stooge 
1952   Road to Bali
1952   Jumping Jacks 
1952   Sailor Beware 
1951   That's My Boy 
1950   At War with the Army 
1950   My Friend Irma Goes West 
1949   My Friend Irma  
1949   How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border 
1948   Welcome Aboard 

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Matinee Classics - At War with the Army starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Polly Bergen
Matinee Classics - The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show Radio starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
Matinee Classics - The Martin and Lewis Show Radio
Matinee Classics - My Friend Irma Goes West starring John Lund, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Corinne Calvet, Lloyd Corrigan, Gregg Palmer and Don Porter
Matinee Classics - My Friend Irma Goes West starring John Lund, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Corinne Calvet, Lloyd Corrigan, Gregg Palmer and Don Porter
Matinee Classics - My Friend Irma starring John Lund, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn, Don DeFore, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Hans Conried, Kathryn Givney, Percy Helton and Gloria Gordon
Matinee Classics - Pardners starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lori Nelson, Jeff Morrow, Jackie Loughery, John Baragrey, Agnes Moorehead, Lon Chaney Jr., Milton Frome, Richard Aherne, Lee Van Cleef, Stuart Randall, Scott Douglas, Jack Elam and Bob Steele
Matinee Classics - Sailor Beware starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Corinne Calvet, Marion Marshall, Robert Strauss, Leif Erickson, Don Wilson, Vince Edwards, Skip Homeier, Dan Barton, Mike Mahoney and Mary Treen

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