Comedic Legend Jerry Lewis Passes Away At The Age Of 91

Comedic Legend Jerry Lewis Passes Away At The Age Of 91”

Lewis, who is best known for his work alongside Dean Martin in 1950s Hollywood, with films like Scared Stiff and Hollywood or Bust.

During the affair with Monroe, Lewis was still married to his first wife, Patti Palmer, who he Wednesday in 1944.

A survivor of prostate cancer and open heart surgery, Lewis is survived by his six children.

Kliph Nesteroff, author of The Comedians, a history of American comedy, said Lewis's "influence can not be overstated" and added that he serves as one of our best examples of the comedic mind.

Though he was largely out of the movie industry by the end of the 1960s, Lewis continued to perform a comedy routine in Las Vegas, where he got his start in 1949, according to Variety.

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died.

Comedian Jim Carrey praised Lewis as an important influence on his own comedic work.

Lewis appeared in Martin Scorsese's 1982 film "The King of Comedy", which starred Robert De Niro. Heavy has more on his time at MDA.

Fellow comedian Carol Burnett - who worked with Lewis several times - marvelled at his physical gifts. "Our audience was just dying with laughter because he did such wonderful things with his body".

The hospital stay in June was one of many health concerns that plagued him over the years.

Previously, Lewis fell ill during a June 2011 appearance in Sydney, moments before he was expected onstage to raise money for muscular dystrophy.

Poking around the dimensions of that absence - and assessing a legacy so large it encompasses just about every comedic talent born after the middle of the 20th century - should keep us busy for another 91 years, give or take.

There have also been tributes from Harry Connick, Jr, Margaret Cho, Rob Schneider, Penn Jillette, Samuel L. Jackson, George Takei, and Dane Cook, who thanked Jerry's daughter Danielle for introducing him to her dad, writing: "She is the reason her dad & I got so close". "At the same time, I'm very glad I was". "I want to do it before I leave".

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