- 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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