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Comedic Legend Jerry Lewis Passes Away At The Age Of 91
September 21 2017, 07:35 | Van Peters
Comedian Jerry Lewis died at age 91, Death cause of natural
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"-inspired comedic master work, "The Nutty Professor", Jerry Lewis gave fans two characters for the price of one: sweet, ineffectual scientist Julius Klemp and his chemically conjured alter ego, the obnoxious lounge singer and ladies' man, Buddy Love".
Celebrities and comedians paid tribute to Lewis on social media after news of his death broke Sunday. Encouraged by his parents to become an entertainer, Lewis was onstage performing in the Catskills resorts alongside his mom and dad at the age of five.
Dane Cook, who credits Lewis as being his mentor, wrote that he was encouraged by the thought of Lewis finally re-joining Martin.
An early adopter of new film and video technology, he pioneered the now-standard practice of placing a video monitor on the film camera to provide immediate feedback to the director on how a scene looks.
Lewis believed in truth, and part of his truth was darkness. He appeared in the films, "Max Rose" in 2013 and "The Trust" in 2016.
" "Martin and Lewis"," Nesteroff said, "is the closest thing we've ever had in comedy to Beatlemania". "Then, later, they ask why".
Lewis would fall into his legendary grouchiness whenever he declined to talk about the departure - and never disclosed why he had dedicated himself to the cause for so many decades.
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He debuted as a director, writer and actor in "The Bellboy" (1960) in which he played the hapless title character nearly entirely in pantomime.
"Get the cure for muscular dystrophy", Lewis said simply.
As Lewis's film career waned in the 1970s, he became well-known for his role as chairman of the National Muscular Dystrophy Association, hosting star-studded telethons each Labour Day weekend from 1955 until he was ousted from the organization in 2011. But the absence of Lewis as a living presence may take more getting used to than most of us realize, especially those who aren't old enough to fully appreciate the prominence of Jerry Lewis in American pop culture beginning more than 70 years ago.
"To hear an audience laugh - you go to any extreme, because that's your lot in life". He is survived by his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, and their daughter.
Over his long career in showbiz, Lewis starred in several hit movies including Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy and The Nutty Professor.
From his marriage to Patti, he had sons Gary, Ronald, Scott, Christopher, Anthony, and the late Joseph, who died from an overdose in October 2009.