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Jerry Lewis
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Birth Name: Joseph Levitch
Birthdate: March 16, 1926
Birthplace: Newark, NJ
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Musician, Comedian, Producer
Quote: "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way aqain!"
Jerry Lewis Photo

Claim to Fame: The Nutty Professor regarded by many as his masterpiece (released in 1963)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Patti Palmer (aka Patti Lewis), singer; born in 1920; married in 1944; divorced in October 1982
Susan Bay, producer; had long-term relationship; no longer together
Wife: SanDee Lewis (aka Sam Lewis, Sandra Pittman); married in 1983

Grandmother: Sarah Rothberg; on mother's side of family; helped to raise Lewis until her death in 1941
Grandfather: Rabbi; father's side of family
Father: Danny Lewis (aka Daniel Levitch), vaudeville entertainer; died in 1982
Mother: Rae Lewis (aka Rae Levitch; nee Rothberg), entertainer, pianist, music arranger, musical director for husband
Son: Gary Lewis, musician; born July 31, 1945; married Sara Jane Suzara in 1967
Son: Ronald Lewis; born in 1949; adopted by Lewis and his wife Patti in 1950; wife Gail Lewis
Son: Scott Lewis, publicist; born in 1956
Son: Christopher Lewis; born in 1957; pleaded innocent to felony counts of grand theft and receiving stolen property in case involving limited edition artworks worth more than $200,000 (August 1991)
Son: Anthony Lewis; born in 1959
Son Joseph Lewis; born in 1964
Daughter: Danielle Sara Lewis; born April 1992; adopted by Lewis and second wife SanDee (May 1992)

Stand-up comic whose floundering career was boosted when he paired with straight man Dean Martin in 1946. The pair's hit nightclub routine was first transferred to film in 1949, with Lewis and Martin going on to star in (and occasionally co-write) a total of 16 films, all based on the same formula: suave, good-natured Dino is undermined by the goofy antics of the impossibly nerdy Jerry. The team acrimoniously broke up in 1956, with Lewis going on to star in, write and direct, his own vehicles. Since a cabal of French cineastes "unmasked" the comic genius lurking beneath his sophomoric antics, Lewis has cultivated his image as an auteur, pompously holding forth in books and on talk shows. Although his film roles have been intermittent of late, Lewis received critical acclaim for his dramatic performances as a kidnapped arrogant talk show host in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" (1983) and as a clothing merchant tempted by mob influence on a special five-episode story on TV's "Wiseguy" (CBS, 1990). He has, of course, also kept in the public eye via his annual TV telethons to raise money to help fight muscular dystrophy. Lewis made a long overdue Broadway debut in 1995 portraying the Devil in the revival of "Damn Yankees". His son, musician Gary Lewis, enjoyed a number of hit songs in the 1960s, the best remembered of which is probably "This Diamond Ring".

The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Comedy Collection
Classic Drum Solos (2001)
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
Best of the Andy Williams Show (1999)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
Funny Bones (1995)
Arizona Dream (1993)
Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
An Evening with Sammy Davis Jr. & Jerry Lewis (1990)
Young Jerry Lewis (1990)
Blushing Bloopers (1989)
Cookie (1989)
Fight for Life (1987)
All the Best: Steve Allen (1986)
The Best of Comic Relief (1986)
The Hollywood Clowns (1985)
Ready Steady Go, Vol. 2 (1985)
Slapstick of Another Kind (1984)
Par ou t'es rentré? On t'a pas vue sortir (1984)
To Catch a Cop (1984)
Jerry Lewis Live (1984)
Cracking Up (1983)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Retenez-Moi... Ou Je Fais un Malheur! (1983)
Bonjour Monsieur Lewis (1982)
Hardly Working (1981)
Rascal Dazzle (1981)
Which Way to the Front? (1970)
One More Time (1970)
Hook, Line and Sinker (1969)
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)
The Big Mouth (1967)
Three on a Couch (1966)
Way... Way Out (1966)
Boeing Boeing (1965)
The Family Jewels (1965)
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
The Patsy (1964)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Who's Minding the Store? (1963)
It's Only Money (1962)
The Errand Boy (1961)
The Ladies' Man (1961)
Cinderella (1961)
The Bellboy (1960)
Cinderfella (1960)
Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
Don't Give up the Ship (1959)
The Geisha Boy (1958)
Television's Golden Age of Comedy (1958)
Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958)
The Sad Sack (1957)
The Delicate Delinquent (1956)
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
Pardners (1956)
Artists and Models (1955)
Colgate Comedy Hour: Martin & Lewis (1955)
You're Never Too Young (1955)
Jack Benny (1954)
Living It Up (1954)
Three Ring Circus (1954)
The Caddy (1953)
Here Come the Girls (1953)
Jack Benny, Vol. 1 (1953)
Road to Bali (1953)
Scared Stiff (1953)
Money from Home (1953)
Jumping Jacks (1952)
The Stooge (1952)
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis: Party for Muscular Dystrophy (1951)
Sailor Beware (1951)
That's My Boy (1951)
At War with the Army (1950)
The Milkman (1950)
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
My Friend Irma (1949)

1991: Comic Life Achievement
1995: Theatre World for Damn Yankees
1998: American Comedy: Lifetime Achievement (male)
1999: Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for Career Achievement

Ongoing association with MDA (began with first telathon in 1966)

Irvington High School, Irvington, New Jersey; expelled in 1941
Essex County Vocational School, New Jersey; attended briefly

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