On August 20, 2017 America lost a beloved comic and humanitarian; actor and comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Lewis, born March 16, 1926 from Newark, New Jersey, was known for his slapstick humor in film, TV, stage and radio. He partnered with Dean Martin as a popular comedy duo, “Martin and Lewis.” Following that success, Lewis was a solo star in movies, nightclubs, TV shows, concerts, album recordings and musicals. Some of his most memorable roles were from such films as The Nutty Professor, Who’s Minding the Store? and The Geisha Boy.
Lewis also famously served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years, raising almost $2.6 billion, according to People Magazine. He received several awards for lifetime achievement from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jerry Lewis was 91 years-old when he passed away in his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Below is a video of one of the last interviews Jerry did before his passing, this one with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo.
Rest in peace, Jerry. And thanks for the laughs. We miss you already.