From those who'd worked with him to those who'd been inspired and influenced by his work — or even just entertained by his work — celebrities have been paying sincere tribute to the late star's work on social media Sunday.
Rose Marie, who shared the screen with Lewis on The Dick Van Dyke Show credited Lewis with helping her get through "one of the worst times in my life."
Jerry Lewis was an angel to me. Loved him & will never forget what he did for me during one of the worst times in my life. RIP, Love Roe pic.twitter.com/0OoQV4yaae— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) August 20, 2017
Carl Reiner revealed that he'd first gotten to see Lewis at work in 1947, when he and Dean Martin first teamed up to share the stage for what would become the legendary comedy troupe, Martin and Lewis.
So saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Lewis, a true comic icon. In Boston 1947 I roared at his and Dean's first ever performance— carl reiner (@carlreiner) August 20, 2017
Dane Cook, who credits Lewis as being his mentor, wrote that he was encouraged by the thought of Lewis finally re-joining Martin.
The thought of Martin & Lewis reuniting today just gave me chills.— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) August 20, 2017
Others offered condolences to the family and praised Lewis' long-lived career and accomplishments in comedy.
Once asked SNL legend Herb Sargent what's the funniest thing you ever saw? He instantly said, "Martin and Lewis, 1940's, in a club."— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 20, 2017
Darling Jerry, I ❤️'d You & Dean When I Was Little,But FELL IN LOVE WITH U WHEN WE PLAYED SNOW WHITE & 7 DWARVES ON S&C...U PLAYED ALL 7🙌🏻— Cher (@cher) August 20, 2017
That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was! ;^D pic.twitter.com/3Zdq9xhXlE— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2017
We will miss Jerry so much. I can't believe I got to meet him and spend time with him. pic.twitter.com/wpHtjuWwmp— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful...— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 20, 2017
Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today. ☹️— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 20, 2017
Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis were two of the funniest, most legendary and prolific entertainers of our generation and I bow to their genius.— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a complicated man of astonishing talent.— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) August 20, 2017
If u are in comedy, you've been influenced by him, whether u know it or not. RIP https://t.co/VE5KZMETMU
It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He'll keep'em laffin in the ever after!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2017
From 3 on I cherish how this genius brought comfort to me with laughter and then support and friendship. Rip Jerry pic.twitter.com/Jfu2cXZEju— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) August 20, 2017
I realize I may be late with all this but all know is,losing Dick Gregory & Jerry Lewis is a gain 4 heaven, but big loss for comedy— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian and, as a Las Vegan, what I miss most..https://t.co/R0uLkPOwyU— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a true movie legend and comedy pioneer. Rest in peace— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis, a complicated soul who made the whole world laugh has died.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 20, 2017
As a kid, I'm pretty sure I was the biggest Jerry Lewis fan in the world. Truly. R.I.P. Jerry Lewis.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 20, 2017
Oh NOOOOO!!! Jerry Lewis just died! Another comic legend has left us. Martin&Lewis were the Beatles of comedy! Nobody was EVER bigger!— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 20, 2017
Man... I'm just floored. Growing up all kids have super heroes... #jerrylewis was mine. Such a funny man. A brilliant physical comedian. My brother Shawn and I grew up watching Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. These two helped us dream. He was hilarious and charitable. You will forever be remembered with a smile. We can look at your films and your work and we can momentarily feel better about life. That is why I work as hard as I do. I'm a fool, I'm a clown, I'm a crusader for people's smiles. We do what we have to do to make the world feel better. Thank you for the many smiles you put on my face and thank u for being a light for a little boy with big dreams to follow. Rest well. Make God laugh 😂 #ripjerrylewis🙏🏽
Goodbye Jerry— Jeffrey Tambor (@jeffreytambor) August 20, 2017
You invented the whole thing
Thank you doesn't even get close
The master. Rest peacefully Jerry. pic.twitter.com/frFMGTx6Dl— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) August 20, 2017
Dear Jerry💙— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) August 20, 2017
Dad will be as happy to see you as I'm sad to see you go.
Give him one of your bear hugs for me. I'll always love you. pic.twitter.com/iImROGLKnl
I mourn the passing of my friend Jerry Lewis. He was the Friars Club's Abbott and I its Dean. He could always make me laugh. pic.twitter.com/aZ1ZmMM2Y5— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 20, 2017
Sad to read about the passing of Jerry Lewis. We met when we both received honorary degrees from Emerson in '93; how he made me laugh! RIP. pic.twitter.com/fNKcEyXFXK— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 20, 2017
And charity. I always loved spending time with the man. https://t.co/BJEgRgsY5z— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) August 20, 2017
The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis pic.twitter.com/jNLRPQeS4G— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 20, 2017
even tho u said women arent funny rest in peeeeeeeaaacccccceeeeee https://t.co/f4K8lav7zG— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) August 20, 2017