Jerry Lewis

  • Birth Name: Joseph Levitch
  • Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • Died: August 20, 2017
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Director, Writer, Producer
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  • Made his showbiz debut at age 5 with his vaudevillian parents in New York's Catskill Mountains, singing "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
  • Partnership with Dean Martin lasted from 1946 to '56; they starred together in 16 movies and numerous TV shows.
  • Taught a class in filmmaking at USC; students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
  • Began hosting an annual Labor Day telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1966.
  • Invented the video assist, a video camera linked to a motion-picture lens, which allows directors to immediately view a take.
  • Received the Emmy Governors Award in 2005, and France's Legion of Honor award in 1984.


  • 1999, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2008, Oscar — Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Winner
  • 1952, Emmy — Best Comedian or Comedienne: Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee


  • Anthony Lewis — Son
  • Christopher Lewis — Son
  • Joseph Lewis — Son
  • Rae Levitch — Mother
  • SanDee Pitnick Lewis — Wife
  • Danny Levitch — Father
  • Ronald Lewis — Son
  • Danielle Sara Lewis — Daughter
  • Gary Lewis — Son
  • Scott Lewis — Son
  • Patti Palmer — Ex-wife

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