Jerry Lewis Dead - Legendary Comedian Passes Away at 91

Henrietta Strickland
August 20, 2017

Comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, known for his slapstick comedy and the founder of the annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died, according to a report.

In 1995, he turned into the most generously compensated star in Broadway history as Mr Applegate in the melodic Damn Yankees.

Lewis appeared in a revival of Hellzapoppin' with Lynn Redgrave in 1976, but it closed on the road before reaching Broadway.

Jerry apologised for a "bad choice of words" at his annual Labor Day telethon, when he said "f*****".

Lewis was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey.

Lewis, along with Dean Martin, had a unique relationship in entertainment. Over his long career he starred in radio, film, and on stage.

The pair fell out in 1956, when Dean reportedly became exhausted of Jerry becoming the bigger star, and Jerry later went on to be one of the biggest draws in Hollywood thanks to classics such as 1960's The Bellboy and 1963's The Nutty Professor.

Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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