Jerry Lewis, Comedian and Humanitarian, Mourned

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With news of the passing of yet another icon, Jerry Lewis, who died today, August 20, at 91 at his Las Vegas home, the star was mourned by many of the entertainment world’s biggest names.

Lewis was known as a brilliant comedic actor in his own movies, most notably as the zany star of 1963’s The Nutty Professor, and famously paired with Dean Martin in nightclubs and for a host of movies. He was also a significant humanitarian, most notably for his 50 years’ fight against Muscular Dystrophy. For generations, he was the face of the neuromuscular disease, with his omnipresent Labor Day weekend telethons.

Robert De Niro, who starred in The King of Comedy with Lewis, said in a statement: “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat… Or a punchline. You’ll be missed.”

Lewis was born on March 16, 1926.

Related: We lost Don Rickles earlier this year

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  1. Jack
    #1 Jack 21 August, 2017, 05:16

    Comedy would be very, very different had there been no Jerry Lewis. We would still have comedy, it just wouldn’t be the same. He was a genius who influenced a lot of the comics of today. What a wonderful giving man. His philanthropy was astounding, raising a little over a billion dollars for Muscular Dystrophy during his lifetime. Amazing, simply amazing. Bless You, Jerry Lewis, have fun, Deano’s been waiting for you! RIP

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