Statement: "Legendary entertainer #Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home w/ family by his side."
— John Katsilometes (@johnnykats) August 20, 2017
Giant of Comedy
He was brilliant, diverse, and a giant of comedy. Lewis’ career spanned nearly his entire life. He stared in, wrote and directed the original Nutty Professor. He served as longtime host of TV’s most famous telethon. Lewis was in more than 50 movies including Artists and Models to Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. Tag teaming with Dean Martin, they would work on 16 films together in seven years.
Lewis was born into entertainment. His father was a Catskills entertainer, his mother, a pianist. He was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926 in Newark NJ. His idol was Charlie Chaplin.
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
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
— DaleConcannon (@DaleConcannon) August 20, 2017
We lost a legend of comedy today. Jerry Lewis has passed away at 91. (Photo: Sammy Davis Jr., Brad Garrett and Jerry Lewis in Las Vegas) pic.twitter.com/FuwALBWpU1
— Brad Garrett 411 (@BradGarrett_411) August 20, 2017
Dean and Jerry