In Memoriam: This Was Jerry Lewis' Fantastic Career

In Memoriam: This Was Jerry Lewis' Fantastic Career
March 16, 2020 - 19:30 / Rachel Johnson

Jerry Lewis was a talented man and jack of all trades, which is reflected in the legacy he has left behind. The star would have been 94 this year, and in his honor let's take a look back at some of his best moments! 

The world lost a beloved comedian, actor, singer, filmmaker, and humanitarian in 2017 with the passing of Jerry Lewis. He has been dubbed "The King of Comedy" and "The Total Filmmaker" after his extraordinary success! 

Jerry, or rather Joseph Levitch before he changed to his stage name, was born March 16, 1926 and got his start singing with the talented Dean Martin. The pair sang together at nightclubs and in films as comedy duo Martin & Lewis for 10 years, even making it on the radio program The Martin and Lewis Show, before they broke up in 1956! 

Comedy Duo Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in 1953

Jerry Lewis' Fantastic Career

After gaining success and fame from his time with Dean Martin, Jerry went on to perform as a solo artist along with starring in many films including 1963 run away hit The Nutty Professor, which Lewis directed and produced! 

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Other notable projects of Jerry's included 1966's Three on the Couch and guest appearances on shows like The Tonight Show and The Dick Cavett Show among many others! 

Comedian Jerry Lewis in 2013

Jerry Lewis Would Have Been 94 This Year

In his later years, Jerry Lewis would make a musical theater play of The Nutty Professor, along with starring in 2016's Max Rose. Lewis' final appearance would be on an episode of Celebrities in Cars Getting Coffee, before passing away from heart failure in August of 2017 at the age of 91!

Jerry Lewis left behind his second wife, actress Sandee Pitnick, and 7 children- 6 from his first marriage with singer Patti Palmer, and one adopted daughter! The beloved actor, singer, and comedian would have been 94 this year, but his legacy will live on forever!