52 Facts About Jerry Lewis

1. Jerry Lewis is one of the few performers to have touched every aspect of 20th Century American entertainment, appearing in vaudeville, burlesque, the 'borsht belt', nightclubs, radio, Classical Hollywood Cinema, Las Vegas, television: variety, drama, sit-coms and talk shows, Broadway and independent films.

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2. Jerry Lewis wrote in The Total Filmmaker, his belief in breaking the fourth wall, actors looking directly into the camera, despite industry norms.

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3. Jerry Lewis was an early master of deconstruction to enhance comedy.

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4. Jerry Lewis is the only one today who's making courageous films.

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5. Jerry Lewis was in the forefront in the transition to independent filmmaking, which came to be known as New Hollywood in the late 1960s.

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6. Jerry Lewis was known especially for his distinctive voice, facial expressions, pratfalls, and physical stunts.

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7. In June 2017, Jerry Lewis was hospitalized at a Las Vegas hospital for a urinary tract infection.

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8. Jerry Lewis had suddenly become unwell, apparently with heart problems.

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9. Jerry Lewis was the headlining act, and he was introduced but did not appear.

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10. In September 2001, Jerry Lewis was unable to perform at a planned London charity event at the London Palladium.

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11. Jerry Lewis went on to praise Lucille Ball as "brilliant" and said Carol Burnett is "the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy.

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12. Jerry Lewis once stated political speeches should not be at the Oscars.

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13. Jerry Lewis vowed to leave the country rather than send another of his sons.

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14. In 2010, Jerry Lewis met with seven-year-old Lochie Graham, who shared his idea for "Jerry's House", a place for vulnerable and traumatized children.

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15. Jerry Lewis courted sponsors for MDA, appeared at openings of MDA care and research centers, addressed meetings of civic organizations, volunteers and the MDA Board of Directors, successfully lobbied Congress for federal neuromuscular disease research funds and made countless phone calls and visits to families served by MDA.

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16. In 1977, Jerry Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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17. Jerry Lewis earned consistent praise from French critics in the influential magazines Cahiers du Cinema and Positif, where he was hailed as an ingenious auteur.

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18. Jerry Lewis screened Spielberg's early film Amblin' and told his students, "That's what filmmaking is all about.

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19. Jerry Lewis stated he worked with the head of Sony to produce the prototype.

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20. Jerry Lewis starred in a small role in The Trust and a serious lead role in his final film Max Rose, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

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21. In 2012, Jerry Lewis directed a musical theatre play of The Nutty Professor at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.

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22. In 2005, Jerry Lewis went on make guest appearances on Late Night with Conan O' Brien and Live with Kelly.

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23. Jerry Lewis would appear on the 12th American Comedy Awards in 1998.

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24. In 1996, Jerry Lewis served as executive producer of the Universal Pictures release of The Nutty Professor remake, starring Eddie Murphy as the lead role of Professor Sherman Klump.

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25. Jerry Lewis was then interviewed by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio.

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26. Jerry Lewis missed three performances of the live show in four-plus years, one being Martin's funeral.

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27. In 1995, realizing a lifelong ambition, Jerry Lewis made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member, in a revival of Damn Yankees.

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28. Jerry Lewis wheeled out a cake on Martin's 72nd birthday, sang "Happy Birthday" to him and joked, "Why we broke up, I'll never know".

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29. In 1989, Jerry Lewis joined Martin on stage, for what would be Martin's final live performance, at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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30. In 1986, Jerry Lewis appeared at the first Comic Relief, where he was the only performer to receive a standing ovation and after that, he was interviewed on Classic Treasures.

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31. In 1985, Jerry Lewis directed an episode of the Showtime series Brothers.

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32. In 1983, Jerry Lewis co-starred in Martin Scorsese's film The King of Comedy, as a late-night TV host, plagued by two obsessive fans, played by Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhard.

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33. In 1982, Jerry Lewis was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman.

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34. Jerry Lewis reported the event was one of the three most memorable of his life.

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35. Jerry Lewis would next direct and star in The Big Mouth.

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36. Jerry Lewis moved to other studios, starting with Columbia Pictures, where he made and starred in Three on a Couch.

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37. Jerry Lewis directed and appeared on an episode of Ben Casey, an early dramatic role.

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38. Jerry Lewis took on as guest host on The Tonight Show during the transition from Jack Paar to Johnny Carson in 1962.

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39. Jerry Lewis offered Laurel a lucrative contract to do what he did for "The Bellboy", on subsequent Lewis films.

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40. Jerry Lewis used his own funds to cover the movie's $950,000 budget.

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41. Jerry Lewis had finished his film contract with Wallis with Visit to a Small Planet and wrapped up production on his own film Cinderfella, with Ed Wynn and directed by Tashlin.

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42. Jerry Lewis continued with club performances in Miami, New York, Chicago and Washington.

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43. At his wife's pleading, Jerry Lewis used his own money to record the songs on a single.

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44. Jerry Lewis has proved that he can be a success by himself", wrote one.

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45. In 1950, Martin and Jerry Lewis signed with NBC to be one of a series of weekly rotating hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour, a live Sunday evening broadcast.

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46. Jerry Lewis initially gained attention as part of a double act with singer Dean Martin, who served as straight man to Lewis' zany antics as the Martin and Lewis comedy team.

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47. Jerry Lewis worked as a soda jerk and a theater usher for Suzanne Pleshette's father Gene at the Paramount Theater to make ends meet.

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48. Jerry Lewis used the professional name Joey Lewis but soon changed it to Jerry Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian Joe E Lewis and heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis.

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49. Jerry Lewis dropped out of Irvington High School in the tenth grade.

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50. Jerry Lewis began performing at age five and would often perform alongside his parents in the Catskill Mountains in New York.

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51. In 1977, Jerry Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the organization.

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52. Jerry Lewis was known for his partnership with Dean Martin as the groundbreaking act of Martin and Lewis.

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