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Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis in 2009
Personal information
Birth nameJoseph Levitch
Birth dateMarch 16, 1926(age 91)
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of deathSeptember 11, 2011(age 2011)
ResidenceNew York City,
Los Angeles
Other namesThe King of Comedy
Le Roi du Crazy
EducationIrvington High School
OccupationComedian, actor, film producer, writer, film director, singer, national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (early 1950s-2010)
Years active1931 present
Home townTrenton, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
SpousePatti Palmer (1944-1980)
SanDee Pitnick (1983-present)

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Jerry Lewis (born Joseph Levitch, March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work, they starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures.

Lewis is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented. On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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