Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91


Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011.

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One of the genuine funny-men of a bygone era. I’d put him up there with Lou Costello, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett as comedic geniuses who didn’t have to resort to foul-mouthed, sexual innuendo in order to be funny and entertaining. He’ll be missed. My daughter doesn’t remember him except as host of the MD telethon. We’re going to get her to watch some of his early stuff…especially with Dean Martin.