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Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis

American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1926.

Countries: United States (73%), (7%), United Kingdom (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Dean Martin, The Nutty Professor, The Ladies Man

Linked to: Irvington High School, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, Medtronic

 

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Jerry Lewis was born in 1926 add something


1934

Jerry Lewis (California politician) - Jerry_Lewis was born in 1934


1940

Willie Moretti - In the late 1940s, Moretti become acquainted with comedians Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis while they were performing at Bill Miller's Riviera nightclub in Fort Lee, New Jersey, New Jersey


1944

Jimmy Dorsey - Jerry Lewis' first wife Patti Palmer was a singer with his orchestra for less than a year, starting about 1944.


1946

He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis add something

 

Norman Taurog - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis had been a double-act since 1946 and had made five films together, three Martin and Lewis top-liners, before Taurog directed "Jumping Jacks" , regarded by many Martin and Lewis fans as the finest of their films


1948

Martin & Lewis made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948 debut broadcast of "Toast of the Town" with Ed Sullivan on the CBS TV Network add something

 

This was followed on October 3, 1948 by an appearance on the NBC TV series "Welcome Aboard", a stint as the first of a series of hosts of "The Colgate Comedy Hour" in 1950 add something

 

Hal Block - Around 1948, Block wrote the material for an album for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis which was to be used as their audition for entry into television


1949

The duo began their Paramount film careers in 1949 as ensemble players in "My Friend Irma", based on the popular radio series of the same name add something

 

Dick Stabile - After the war he moved to Los Angeles , where he began working with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis from 1949 up to his death


1950

From the early 1950s until 2011, he served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association add something

 

Lewis tried his hand at releasing solo music in the 1950s, having a chart hit with the song "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" as well as the song, "It All Depends on You" in 1958 add something

 

This was followed by a sequel in 1950, "My Friend Irma Goes West" add something

 

Comedy film - By the middle of the decade, some of the 1950s generation of American comedians, such as Jerry Lewis, went into decline, while Peter Sellers found success with international audiences in his first American film "The Pink Panther"

 

Eva Gabor - During the 1950s, she appeared in several "A"-movies including "The Last Time I Saw Paris", starring Elizabeth Taylor, and "Artists and Models", which featured Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

 

Corinne Calvet - In the 1950s, Calvet appeared in a string of films, usually playing French characters, opposite such leading men as Danny Kaye , Joseph Cotten , James Cagney , James Stewart , Alan Ladd , Tony Curtis and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

 

Marco Reginelli - In the early 1950s, the 500 Club frequently presented singer Dean Martin, who first performed with comedian and future partner Jerry Lewis at the club

 

Elsa Lanchester - More supporting roles followed in the early 1950s, including a 2-minute cameo as the Bearded Lady in "3 Ring Circus", about to be shaved by Jerry Lewis


1952

Attesting the team's popularity, DC Comics published the best-selling "The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis" comic books from 1952 to 1957, after which DC featured Lewis solo in "The Adventures of Jerry Lewis" until 1971 add something

 

Lewis began hosting telethons to benefit MDA in 1952 add something

 

Norma Eberhardt - Eberhardt, Murphy and Dean were all cast in small roles in the 1952 comedy, "Sailor Beware", starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

 

George Axelrod - He said he contributed to or collaborated on more than 400 TV and radio scripts and wrote for top comedians, including Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin before earning breakout success with his 1952 stage comedy, "The Seven Year Itch", a risque social satire about a middle-class man who has an affair while his wife and children are on vacation

 

Norma Eberhardt - Her second film role was in 1952's "Jumping Jacks", which starred Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin

 

Kenyon Nicholson - The movie, released in 1952, starred Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis


1954

After hosting the annual event since 1954, he was to continue serving as the association's national chairman add something

 

Martin's diminished participation became an embarrassment in 1954 when "Look" magazine used a publicity photo of the team for the magazine cover but cropped Martin out of the photo add something

 

Rochelle Hudson - In the 1954-1955 television season, Hudson co-starred with Gil Stratton and Eddie Mayehoff in the CBS situation comedy "That's My Boy," based on a 1951 Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin film of the same name


1955

Kathleen Freeman - Beginning with the 1955 film "Artists and Models", Freeman became a favorite foil of Jerry Lewis, playing opposite him in 11 films


1956

The partnership ended on July 24, 1956 add something

 

Frank Tashlin - Beginning with the 1956 film "The Girl Can't Help It", with its satirical look at early rock and roll, Tashlin had a streak of commercial successes with the Martin and Lewis film "Hollywood or Bust" in 1956, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter-" in 1957, which, like 1956's "The Girl Can't Help It", starred actress and "Playboy" model "Jayne Mansfield", and six of Jerry Lewis' early solo films

 

Hollywood or Bust - "'Hollywood or Bust"' is a 1956 film comedy starring the team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis


1957

Alaina Capri - She appeared in an uncredited walk-on part in the 1957 Jerry Lewis film, "The Delicate Delinquent"

 

Phyllis Kirk - She appeared with Jerry Lewis in his 1957 film "The Sad Sack", with Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg, and Rod Steiger in the 1956 film "Back from Eternity"


1958

Jayne Mansfield - In 1958, an orchestra was recorded for the 31st Academy *awards ceremony with Jack Benny on first violin, Jayne Mansfield on violin, Dick Powell on trumpet, Robert Mitchum on woodwind, Fred Astaire on drums and Jerry Lewis as conductor; however, the performance was canceled


1959

Joan Blackman - She appeared with Dean Martin in "Career" , and played Ellen Spelding vis-à-vis Kreton, the character of Jerry Lewis in 1960's "Visit to a Small Planet


1960

In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with "Visit to a Small Planet" , and wrapped up work on his own production, "Cinderfella" add something

 

It is claimed Lewis suffered his first heart attack while filming "Cinderfella" in 1960 add something

 

"Cinderfella" was postponed for a Christmas 1960 release, and Paramount, needing a quickie feature film for its summer 1960 schedule, held Lewis to his contract to produce one add something

 

Bob Clayton - Clayton had a brief flirtation with the movies when he played the bell captain in Jerry Lewis' 1960 film, "The Bellboy", which was shot on location in Miami

 

Henry Silva - He had a comic role as one of the stepbrothers in the 1960 Jerry Lewis film "Cinderfella", a parody of Cinderella with Lewis in the title role, and appeared in starring roles in two filmed episodes of "The Outer Limits", a science-fiction anthology television series in the United States

 

Arthur P. Schmidt - In the 1960s, Schmidt was the associate producer for seven Jerry Lewis comedies

 

Hank Mann - Later in his career he continued to play bit parts in TV comedies, and made some appearances in several Jerry Lewis film comedies in the 1960s

 

Salli Terri - She played the role of the stepmother in the cover album made from the Jerry Lewis film, "Cinderfella", in 1960


1961

They made occasional public appearances together between their breakup and 1961 but were not seen together until a surprise appearance by Martin on Lewis's Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1976 arranged by Frank Sinatra add something

 

Frank De Vol - De Vol had comic roles as Chief Eaglewood, the head of the Thundercloud Boys' Camp in "The Parent Trap", and as the onscreen narrator in Jerry Lewis's 1967 comedy film "The Big Mouth"

 

Roscoe Ates - His final screen appearance in Jerry Lewis's 1961 film "The Errand Boy" was uncredited

 

Mae Questel - In 1961 she was seen as a middle-aged bride in Jerry Lewis' "It's Only Money", one of Fanny Brice's mother's card-playing friends at the start of the film "Funny Girl" in 1968, and as the "Jewish Mama from Hell" in Woody Allen's "New York Stories" in 1989 in Woody's segment titled "Oedipus Wrecks"; she had earlier sung the song "Chameleon Days" on the soundtrack for Allen's film "Zelig" in 1983

 

Karyn Kupcinet - In 1961, Jerry Lewis offered Kupcinet a role in the film "The Ladies Man", where she appeared in a bit part as one of dozens of young ladies in a Hollywood boardinghouse

 

The Ladies Man - "'The Ladies Man"' is a 1961 American comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis


1963

The first was a two-hour Saturday night variety show on ABC in the fall of 1963 add something

 

The Nutty Professor - "'The Nutty Professor"' is a 1963 American comic science fiction feature film produced, directed, co-written and starring Jerry Lewis


1965

In 1965, Lewis directed and wrote the comedy film "The Family Jewels" about a young heiress who must choose among six uncles, one of whom is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her add something

 

Charlie Callas - Appearing on an episode of "The Merv Griffin Show" in 1965, one of the guests, Jerry Lewis, practically fell off his chair in hysterics as Callas performed his hunting routine

 

Tony Sales - Tony and The Tigers released the song "Turn It on Girl," which was a minor local hit in Detroit , appeared on the show "Hullabaloo" a couple times, December 20, 1965, hosted by Jerry Lewis, and April 4, 1966, hosted by their father, Soupy Sales


1966

By 1966, Lewis, now 40, was no longer an angular juvenile and his routines seemed more labored add something

 

From 1966 to 2010 he hosted the annual "Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon", since renamed the "MDA Show of Strength" add something

 

Angela Lansbury - For example, when appearing as a guest on the Sunday night CBS-TV show "What's My Line-", she made a plea for viewers to contribute to the 1966 Muscular Dystrophy Association fund-raising drive, chaired by Jerry Lewis


1967

His next show was a one-hour variety show on NBC in 1967-69 add something

 

Sergio Aragones - In 1967, he began writing and illustrating full stories for various DC Comics titles, including "Angel and the Ape", "Inferior Five", "Young Romance", the company's Jerry Lewis comic book, and for various horror anthologies


1968

In 1968, he screened Spielberg's early film, "Amblin"' and told his students, "That's what filmmaking is all about add something

 

Anne Francis - In 1968 she played the role of Georgia James in the feature film "Funny Girl" and one year later played Nancy Ingersoll, the wife of Jerry Lewis' character in the comedy "Hook, Line and Sinker"

 

Thelma Ritter - Her last work was an appearance on "The Jerry Lewis Show" on January 23, 1968


1969

From 1969 to 1980, the National Cinema Corp. franchised "Jerry Lewis Cinemas" as a business opportunity for those interested in theatrical movie exhibition add something

 

George Takei - He appeared in two Jerry Lewis comedies, "The Big Mouth" and "Which Way to the Front-" In 1969 Takei narrated the *award winning documentary "The Japanese Sword as the Soul of the Samurai"


1970

A harbinger of the cookie-cutter "cineplex" type movie theaters that would become popular in the 1970s, a Jerry Lewis Cinema was billed in franchising ads as a "mini-theatre" with a seating capacity of between 200 and 350 add something

 

First aired on ABC in 1970, it lasted only one season and eighteen episodes add something

 

It inspired the Filmation cartoons production company to make a 1970 series called "Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down", with Jerry as the one reality-based character alongside other fictitious one, including fictionalized Lewis relatives add something

 

Bill Cosby - An avid musician, he's best known as a jazz drummer although he can be seen playing bass guitar with Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis, Jr. on Hugh Hefner's 1970s talk show

 

Willie Davis (baseball) - He was a co-star of the Jerry Lewis comedy film from 1970, "Which Way to the Front-"


1972

The Day the Clown Cried - "'The Day the Clown Cried"' is an unreleased 1972 film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis


1974

Arthur Marx - His 1974 book on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis entitled "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime " was adapted into the 2002 made-for-television movie "Martin and Lewis"


1976

In 1976, he appeared in a revival of "Hellzapoppin"' with Lynn Redgrave, but it closed on the road before reaching Broadway add something

 

Dean Martin - He made a public reconciliation with Jerry Lewis on Lewis' Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in 1976


1978

He says he has been off the drug since 1978 and has not taken one since add something


1980

Both Lewis and National Cinema Corp. declared bankruptcy in 1980 add something

 

The pair eventually reconciled in the late 1980s after the death of Martin's son, Dean Paul Martin add something


1981

Lewis returned to the screen in 1981 with "Hardly Working", a film he both directed and starred in add something

 

The Nutty Professor - Film critic Danny Peary has made the claim in his 1981 book "Cult Movies" that the character of Love is actually the real counterpart of Jerry Lewis


1982

In December 1982, Lewis was felled by a serious heart attack add something

 

Sammy Petrillo - On the October 5, 1982, edition of the TV morning show "Today", host Bryant Gumbel showed a montage of clips of guest Jerry Lewis, there promoting his autobiography " Jerry Lewis in Person" and the movie "The King of Comedy"


1983

He followed this up with a critically acclaimed performance in Martin Scorsese's 1983 film, "The King of Comedy", in which Lewis plays a late-night TV host plagued by obsessive fans add something


1984

A test of a syndicated talk show for Metromedia in 1984 was not continued beyond the scheduled five shows add something

 

Philippe Clair - In 1984, he managed the greatest coup of his career by casting Jerry Lewis in the film "How Did You Get In- We Didn't See You Leave"


1990

Lewis continued doing work in small films in the 1990s, most notably his supporting roles in 1994's "Arizona Dream" and 1995's "Funny Bones" add something


1992

He appeared on television on one episode of "Mad About You"'s first season in 1992, playing an eccentric billionaire add something


1993

Arizona Dream - "'Arizona Dream"' is a surrealist comedy-drama 1993 film directed by Emir Kusturica and starring Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway


1994

In 1994, he made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the Devil in a revival of the baseball musical, "Damn Yankees", choreographed by future film director Rob Marshall add something

 

In 1994, the Columbia Pictures film, "North" featured footage of Lewis's classic movies add something


1999

In 1999, his Australian tour was cut short when he had to be hospitalized in Darwin, Northern Territory with viral meningitis add something


2000

Prednisone treatment in the early 2000s for pulmonary fibrosis resulted in weight gain and a noticeable change in his appearance add something

 

The Nutty Professor (1996 film) - While the film was made with the help of Jerry Lewis , he later recanted his position in an interview in the January 30/February 6, 2009 edition of "Entertainment Weekly" magazine


2001

In September 2001, Lewis was unable to perform at a planned London charity event add something


 

Lewis was portrayed by Emmy award winner Sean Hayes in the 2002 made for television movie "Martin and Lewis" add something

 

Paula Cale - In 2002 Cale played Dean Martin's first wife Betty Martin in "Martin and Lewis" alongside Jeremy Northam as Dean and Sean Hayes as his manic partner Jerry Lewis


 

In 2005, he received the Governors award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy award presented add something

 

In Lewis's 2005 book "Dean and Me ", Lewis wrote of his kinship with Martin, who died in 1995 add something

 

Chuck Zink - Zink worked with Jerry Lewis as the local representative for many of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethons, not only as the local host for 24 years of the marathon through 2005, but by including children with muscular dystrophy on his children's show


2006

In 2006, Lewis first announced plans for a stage musical adaptation of his 1963 film, "The Nutty Professor" add something

 

In March 2006, the French Minister of Culture awarded Lewis the Légion d'honneur, calling him the "French people's favorite clown" add something

 

En route home to San Diego from New York City on a cross-country commercial airline flight he endured a minor heart attack on June 11, 2006 add something


2007

Yo Yo - In 2007, "Time Out London" described the film as "possibly the best of Etaix's features", and wrote that "Etaix has just enough astringency to keep sentimentality at bay, and his mastery of the sight gag amply justifies Jerry Lewis' enthusiasm for the film, which is singularly beautifully shot by Jean Boffety

 

Hollywood or Bust - The film was included on a five-film DVD set, the "Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume Two", released on June 5, 2007


2008

In 2008, Lewis reprised his role as Prof add something

 

The Nutty Professor - An animated direct-to-DVD sequel, "The Nutty Professor" starring Jerry Lewis and Drake Bell, was released November 25, 2008


 

On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award add something


2010

David Dreier - After the 2010 United States Census, the voter-created California Citizens Redistricting Commission put Dreier and longtime Republican congressman Jerry Lewis, into the newly drawn 31st congressional district.


2011

Lewis made no appearance on the 2011 MDA Telethon add something

 

On May 16, 2011, the MDA announced that the 2011 edition of its annual telethon would be Lewis' last as emcee add something

 

On August 3, 2011, it was announced that Lewis would no longer host any further telethons add something

 

Soon afterward, however, Lewis denied that he was leaving the telethon at all, but on August 3, 2011, the MDA announced that Lewis resigned as chairman and telethon host, the circumstances leading to his resignation unknown add something


2012

On June 12, 2012, he was treated and released from a hospital after collapsing from hypoglycemia at a New York Friars' Club event add something

 

The musical version of "The Nutty Professor" was scheduled for a pre-Broadway tryout to open in Nashville on July 24, 2012 and played for seven weeks add something


2013

And such bewilderment, even as late as 2013, was the basis of the 2001 book, "W"hy the French Love Jerry Lewis"," by Rae Beth Gordon add something

 

It was announced in January 2013 that Lewis signed for a starring role in the film "Max Rose" add something


2015

On May 1, 2015, the MDA announced that in view of "the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving", the telethon was being discontinued add something

 

Lewis commented on the Syrian refugee crisis in a December 2015 interview, by saying "ISIS has attacked the world add something


2016

In early 2016, Lewis made a video statement for MDA, in honor of the company's rebranding, marking his first appearance and comeback in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since the 2010 Labor Day !Telethon (MDA_Labor_Day_Telethon) seven years ago add something

 

In an October 6, 2016 "Inside Edition" interview, Lewis acknowledged that he may not star in any more films given his advanced age, while admitting, through tears, that he was afraid of dying as it would leave his wife and youngest daughter alone add something


2017

In June 2017, Lewis was hospitalized at a Las Vegas hospital after suffering from a urinary tract infection add something


2018

Lewis's last appearance was a guest spot on the Netflix show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee", which aired posthumously in 2018 add something