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Jerry Lewis Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Levitch
Birth Place:
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Actor, comedian, director, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1984BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 1966Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated


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