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Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, film producer, writer, film director, singer and humanitarian. He is best-known for his slapstick humor in stage, screen, television, radio, recording and is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman 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 February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. As an innovative filmmaker, Lewis is credited with inventing the video assist system in cinematography (some doubt now exists about this, due to a patent predating Lewis' by more than a decade [2]). Lewis was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the team's popular nightclub work, they starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures. The act broke up ten years later.

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  • Birth name: Joseph Levitch
  • Born: March 16, 1926 (age 89) Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Medium: Stage, film, television, radio
  • Genres: Character comedy, physical comedy
  • Spouse: Patti Palmer (m. 1944–80) SanDee Pitnick (m. 1983)
  • Children: 7 (including: Gary Lewis)
  • Website: jerrylewiscomedy.com

Read more about Jerry Lewis at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Stella Purdy in the 1963 'The Nutty Professor' 'Memba Her?!
TMZ, 2019-03-15 07:01:00
Stella Stevens is best-known for playing the super sexy student, Stella Purdy -- opposite Jerry Lewis as Professor Kelp and Buddy Love -- in the classic 1963 comedy, "The Nutty Professor." Guess what she looks like now!

‘The Day the Clown Cried’: Why Jerry Lewis’s Lost Holocaust Film Is Still Lost
NY Times Movies, 2018-12-28 17:15:34
With the release of Orson Welles’s “The Other Side of the Wind,” Lewis’s notorious drama may be the world’s most famous unfinished film. It may also stay that way.

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies
NY Times Movies, 2018-08-19 18:24:24
A Broadway hoofer who went to Hollywood to tutor William Holden, Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Jerry Lewis, Tuesday Weld and Jane Fonda, to name a few.

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