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Jerry Lewis is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 16 march 1926 at Newark (USA)

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis
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Birth name Joseph Levitch
Nationality USA
Birth 16 march 1926 at Newark (USA)
Death 20 august 2017 (at 91 years)

Jerry Lewis AM (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer/recording artist, film producer, screenwriter and film director and is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. His career began in 1946, with an act together with Dean Martin, forming the team of Martin and Lewis, which performed in nightclubs and later appeared in a series of comedy movies before 1956, when the two men parted ways, after ten years as a duo. Then since 1957, Lewis went on to star in many more films, such as The Delicate Delinquent (his debut as film producer), The Bellboy (his debut as film director, screenwriter and his development of video assist) and The Nutty Professor. Lewis hosted the annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for over forty years and served as national chairman of the organization.

Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Lewis has been married twice:

Patti Palmer (née Esther Calonico), a former singer with Ted Fio Rito; married October 3, 1944, divorced September 1980.
SanDee Pitnick; married February 13, 1983; a 32-year-old Las Vegas dancer. They were married in Key Biscayne, Florida; Lewis was 56.
He has six sons (one adopted) and one adopted daughter:

Gary Lewis was born on July 31, 1945 with Patti Palmer. As a 1960s pop musician, he had a string of hits with his group Gary Lewis & the Playboys.
Ronald Steven "Ronnie" Lewis; born December 1949 (adopted) with Patti Palmer
Scott Anthony Lewis; born February 22, 1956 to Patti Palmer
Christopher Joseph Lewis; born October 1957 to Patti Palmer
Anthony Joseph Lewis; born October 1959 to Patti Palmer
Joseph Christopher Lewis; born January 1964 to Patti Palmer, died October 24, 2009, from a narcotics overdose.
Danielle Sara Lewis (daughter); adopted March 1992 with SanDee Pitnick.
Health concerns
Lewis has suffered from a variety of illnesses and addictions related both to aging and a back injury sustained in a comedic pratfall from a piano while performing at the Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip on March 20, 1965. The accident almost left him paralyzed. In its aftermath Lewis became addicted to the pain killer Percodan for thirteen years. He says he has been off the drug since 1978 and has not taken one since. In April 2002, Lewis had a Medtronic "Synergy" neurostimulator implanted in his back, which has helped reduce the discomfort.
He is now one of the company's leading spokesmen. In the 2011 documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, Lewis said he suffered his first heart attack while filming Cinderfella in 1960. In December 1982, Lewis suffered a serious heart attack. En route home to San Diego from New York City on a cross-country commercial airline flight he endured a minor heart attack on June 11, 2006. It was then discovered that he had pneumonia as well as a severely damaged heart. He underwent a cardiac catheterization and two stents were inserted into one of his coronary arteries, which had become 90% blocked.

The surgery resulted in a return of blood flow to his heart and has allowed him to continue his rebound from earlier lung problems. Having the cardiac catheterization also meant canceling several major events from his schedule, but Lewis fully recuperated in a matter of weeks. In 1999, his Australian tour was cut short when he had to be hospitalized in Darwin with viral meningitis. He was ill for more than five months. It was reported in the Australian press that he had failed to pay his medical bills; however, Lewis maintained that the payment confusion was the fault of his health insurer. The resulting negative publicity caused him to sue his insurer for US$100 million. Lewis has had prostate cancer, diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis, and a decades-long history of heart disease. Prednisone treatment in the late 1990s for pulmonary fibrosis resulted in weight gain and a noticeable change in his appearance.

In September 2001, Lewis was unable to perform at a planned London charity event at the London Palladium. He was the headline act, his band had taken to the stage, started up their music and he was introduced, but didn't appear as he had suddenly become unwell, apparently with heart problems, and was taken to hospital. Some months thereafter, Lewis began an arduous, months-long therapy that weaned him off prednisone and enabled him to return to work. On June 12, 2012, he was treated and released from a hospital after collapsing from hypoglycemia at a New York Friars' Club event. This latest health news forced him to cancel a show in Sydney.

Charity work
Throughout his career, Lewis has supported fundraising for research into muscular dystrophy. From the early 1950s until 2011, he served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lewis began hosting telethons to benefit MDA in 1952. From 1966 to 2010 he hosted the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raising over $2.6 billion. On August 3, 2011, it was announced that Lewis would no longer host telethons. Lewis is no longer associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. On May 1, 2015, the MDA announced that in view of "the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving", the telethon was being discontinued.

Jerry Lewis Cinemas
In 1969, Jerry Lewis agreed to lend his name to "Jerry Lewis Cinemas", offered by National Cinema Corporation as a franchise business opportunity for those interested in theatrical movie exhibition. Jerry Lewis Cinemas stated that their theaters could be operated by a staff of as few as two with the aid of automation and support provided by the franchiser in booking films and in other aspects of film exhibition. A forerunner of the smaller rooms typical of later multi-screen complexes, a Jerry Lewis Cinema was billed in franchising ads as a "mini-theatre" with a seating capacity of between 200 and 350. In addition to Lewis's name, each Jerry Lewis Cinema bore a sign with a cartoon logo of Lewis in profile.

Initially 158 territories were franchised, with a buy-in fee of $10,000 or $15,000 depending on the territory, for what was called an "individual exhibitor". For $50,000, the Jerry Lewis Cinemas offered an opportunity known as an "area directorship", in which investors controlled franchising opportunities in a territory as well as their own cinemas. The success of the chain was hampered by a policy of only booking second-run, family-friendly films. Eventually the policy was changed, and the Jerry Lewis Cinemas were allowed to show more competitive films, but after a decade the chain failed. Both Lewis and National Cinema Corp. declared bankruptcy in 1980.

Best films

The Nutty Professor (1996)
(Original Film Writer)
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
The Nutty Professor (1963)

Usually with

Hal Pereira
Hal Pereira
(33 films)
Edith Head
Edith Head
(33 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jerry Lewis (69 films)

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Max Rose
Max Rose (2016)

Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Dean Stockwell, Jerry Lewis, Kerry Bishé, Kevin Pollak, Claire Bloom, Illeana Douglas
Roles Max Rose
Rating61% 3.0961753.0961753.0961753.0961753.096175
Max Rose (Jerry Lewis) is an aging jazz pianist who learns that his wife of 50 years may have been unfaithful to him.
The Trust
The Trust (2016)
, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jerry Lewis, Kevin Weisman, Steven Williams, Sky Ferreira
Roles Jim's Father
Rating53% 2.697222.697222.697222.697222.69722
Stone et Waters sont deux flics losers à Las Vegas. Pour gagner plus d'argent, ils arrondissent leurs fins de mois avec des petits larcins. Un jour, ils décident de cambrioler le mystérieux coffre-fort d'un dealer en prison qui se trouve dans le congélateur d'une épicerie. Rêvant d'acquérir une forte somme d'argent, ils volent le contenu sans imaginer les dégâts de leur casse.
Trumbo (2015)
, 2h4
Directed by Jay Roach
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about writers, Political films
Actors Elle Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk
Roles Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating73% 3.697783.697783.697783.697783.69778
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Till Luck Do Us Part 2
Origin Bresil
Genres Comedy
Actors Camila Morgado, Jerry Lewis, Charles Paraventi, Marcius Melhem
Roles Chamberlain
Rating50% 2.5152452.5152452.5152452.5152452.515245
After losing everything, Tino (Leandro Hassum) is more cash-strapped than ever, until he receives the news of the death of Olavo, the uncle of his wife Jane (Camila Morgado) and discover that he left an inheritance of a hundred million reais, and then make a trip to Las Vegas. One night after he discovers that have lost everything and that owes money to the Mexican mafia.
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!, 1h21
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Dick Van Dyke, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Will Ferrell, Fred Tatasciore, Drew Barrymore
Roles Stationmaster (voice)
Rating56% 2.834892.834892.834892.834892.83489
The movie starts with George swinging around town, and he picks up the newspaper. He reads it when he gets home and finds out that the great magician Piccadilly is holding an act with an elephant called Kayla. It sounds interesting to George so he wakes up Ted , and he tries to show Ted the news, but Ted is late for a meeting with Mr. Bloomsberry.
The Nutty Professor, 1h15
Directed by Charles Adler, Terry Klassen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Actors Jerry Lewis, Drake Bell, Andrew Francis, Brittney Irvin, Brian Drummond, Tabitha St. Germain
Roles Professor Julius Kelp / Buddy Love
Rating48% 2.4293552.4293552.4293552.4293552.429355
Harold Kelp, the grandson of professor Julius Kelp, is a young inventor who struggles with his experiments. He is frequently attacked in his visions by his fear, which takes the form of a big, black monster. After encountering an angry mob involved in Harold's bad inventions, Harold is sent away to a science academy run by his grandfather.
Miss Cast Away, 1h30
Directed by Bryan Michael Stoller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Eric Roberts, Charlie Schlatter, Bob Denver, Jerry Lewis, Brande Roderick, Michael Jackson
Rating22% 1.112811.112811.112811.112811.11281
A plane carrying beauty contestants crash lands on a deserted island. Captain Maximus Powers (Roberts) and co-pilot Mike Saunders (Schlatter) have to take care of their passengers, while avoiding the dangers of Jurassic Pork (a giant prehistoric pig) and a group of apes busy trying to relaunch Noah's Ark.
All the Love You Cannes!
Directed by Lloyd Kaufman
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Lloyd Kaufman, Quentin Tarantino, Claude Chabrol, Roger Corman, Roger Ebert, Jerry Lewis
Rating64% 3.238773.238773.238773.238773.23877
Avec une caméra à la main, Lloyd Kaufman nous montre comment promouvoir son film et le distribuer lors du festival de Cannes en dépensant le moins possible.
Funny Bones, 2h8
Directed by Peter Chelsom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron, Richard Griffiths, Sadie Corré
Roles George Fawkes
Rating66% 3.347653.347653.347653.347653.34765
Tommy Fawkes is the son of comedy legend George Fawkes. After his own Las Vegas comedy act flops with his beloved father in the audience, Tommy returns to Blackpool, England, where he spent the summers of his childhood.
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about technology, Musical films
Actors Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Ingrid Bergman, Jerry Lewis, Ray Milland, Patricia Neal
Roles Sidney L. Pythias (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.6384853.6384853.6384853.6384853.638485
Ce film est un condensé du livre d’Albert Glinski, où l’on découvre la vie de Léon Theremin et ses retrouvailles touchantes avec Clara Rockmore. Ce film a permis à un large public de découvrir le thérémine et a incité bon nombre de théréministes actuels (comme Pamelia Kurstin, Jon Bernhardt) à jouer de cet instrument.
Arizona Dream, 2h22
Directed by Emir Kusturica
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Actors Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Vincent Gallo, Lili Taylor, Paulina Porizkova
Roles Leo Sweetie
Rating71% 3.599723.599723.599723.599723.59972
Axel (Johnny Depp) has a dream about an Eskimo who catches a rare halibut and brings it back to his family in an igloo. Axel's cousin Paul (Vincent Gallo) coaxes Axel from his job tagging fish in New York City to Arizona to attend his uncle Leo's (Jerry Lewis) trophy wedding to a much younger woman (Paulina Porizkova). His uncle tries to persuade him to stay permanently and take over the family business of selling Cadillacs. Axel resists at first, but he decides to give it a try. He encounters two strange women: Elaine (Faye Dunaway), a woman who always had a dream of building a flying machine, and her stepdaughter Grace (Lili Taylor), who is jealous of Elaine and dreams of killing herself and being reincarnated as a turtle. Axel starts lusting after Elaine and decides to help make her dreams come true. As he and Elaine build the machine day by day, Grace starts destroying the contraption. Axel then rebuilds. Leo and Paul arrive at Elaine and Grace's house to encourage Axel to come back, but Elaine threatens them with a shotgun. Axel and Elaine complete the machine and test it, but it crashes in a tree.
Mr. Saturday Night, 1h59
Directed by Billy Crystal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt, Ron Silver, Jerry Lewis
Roles Himself
Rating58% 2.949952.949952.949952.949952.94995
Mr. Saturday Night details how stand-up comedian Buddy Young Jr. became a television star, with the help of his brother and manager, Stan, but alienated many of those closest to him once his career began to fade.
Cookie (1989)
, 1h34
Directed by Susan Seidelman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest, Michael Vincenzo Gazzo, Emily Lloyd, Jerry Lewis, Bob Gunton
Roles Arnold Ross
Rating54% 2.702812.702812.702812.702812.70281
Cookie Voltecki (Emily Lloyd) is the illegitimate daughter of mobster Dino Capisco (Peter Falk), who has just finished thirteen years in prison. Since being released from jail, all that Dino wants is to settle some old scores, and make up for lost time with his daughter.
Fight for Life, 1h35
Directed by Elliot Silverstein
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Jerry Lewis, Morgan Freeman, Patty Duke, Barry Morse, Gerard Parkes, Rosemary Dunsmore
Roles Dr. Bernard Abrams
Rating58% 2.9070752.9070752.9070752.9070752.907075
Dr Bernard Abrams (Jerry Lewis), an Ohio optometrist, and his wife Shirley Abrams (Patty Duke) have a six-year-old daughter that suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. The child's paraplegic doctor (Morgan Freeman) cares for her. As the little girl's parents they need to have a drug approved from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However the process is slow and they are forced to fly to England to obtain the medication. They take their cause to the media in order to highlight their case and force the FDA to expedite its decision on use in America.