Jerry Lewis

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

United States of America
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 Légion d'honneur in 2006

Born: March 16, 1926
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: August 20, 2017 (aged 91)

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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