Jerry Lewis

Comedian Jerry Lewis Full Name: Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch]
Nationality: American

Profession: Comedian
Why Famous: Lewis came to fame as half of a comedy act with Dean Martin in the 1940s in nightclubs, then tv, radio and film. They spilt in 1956 and Lewis went on to have a successful solo film career ('The Nutty Professor'). During the 1960s he appeared in 3 different tv programmes. Since the 1950s he has championed the cause of muscular dystrophy, hosting successful telefons until 2011. Hugely popular in France in was awarded the L├ęgion d'honneur in 2006

Born: March 16, 1926 (90 years old)
Star Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Married Life

  • 1944-10-03 Comedian Jerry Lewis marries singer Patti Palmer
  • 1983-02-13 Jerry Lewis marries 2nd wife dancer SanDee Pitnick

Historical Events in the Life of Jerry Lewis

  • 1946-07-25 At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.
  • 1949-09-28 "My Friend Irma" is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
  • 1956-06-19 Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin end partnership after 16 films
  • 1966-09-05 Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon raises $1 million
  • 1967-09-04 Jerry Lewis' 2nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1968-09-02 Jerry Lewis' 3rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1969-05-27 Jerry Lewis Show second run, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1969-09-01 Jerry Lewis' 4th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1970-09-07 Jerry Lewis' 5th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1971-09-06 Jerry Lewis' 6th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $8,125,387
  • 1972-09-05 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear
  • 1973-09-03 Jerry Lewis' 8th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1974-09-02 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1975-09-01 Jerry Lewis' 10th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1976-09-06 Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears
  • 1977-09-05 Jerry Lewis' 12th Muscular Dystrophy telethon
  • 1978-09-04 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405
  • 1979-09-03 Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000
  • 1980-09-01 Jerry Lewis' 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,103,787
  • 1981-08-18 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons
  • 1981-09-07 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000
  • 1982-09-06 Jerry Lewis' 17th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $28,400,000
  • 1983-09-05 Jerry Lewis' 18th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,691,627
  • 1984-09-03 Jerry Lewis' 19th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $32,074,566
  • 1985-09-02 Jerry Lewis' 20th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $33,100,000
  • 1986-09-01 Jerry Lewis' 21st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $34,096,733
  • 1987-09-07 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723
  • 1988-09-05 Jerry Lewis' 23rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $41,132,113
  • 1989-09-04 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219
  • 1990-09-03 Jerry Lewis' 25th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $44,172,186
  • 1991-09-02 Jerry Lewis' 26th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $45,071,657
  • 1992-09-03 Jerry Lewis' 27th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $45,759,368
  • 1993-09-06 Jerry Lewis' 28th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $46,014,922
  • 1994-09-05 Jerry Lewis' 29th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,100,000
  • 1995-09-04 Jerry Lewis' 30th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,800,000
  • 1996-09-02 Jerry Lewis' 31st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $49,200,000
  • 1997-09-01 Jerry Lewis' 32nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $50,500,000

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