Comedian, actor, and muscular dystrophy telethon host who formed one of history's greatest comedy teams.
His early schtick was called "Record Act," which featured him miming the lyrics of popular songs as they played on a phonograph.
He began hosting the MDA telethon in 1952, which was dubbed the "Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon" from 1966 until 2010.
His father, Daniel Levitch, was a vaudeville entertainer and his mother, Rachel, was employed as the local radio station's piano player.
He temporarily used the stage name Joey Lewis, but altered it to avoid confusion between himself and professional boxer Joe Louis and comedian Joe E. Lewis.
Send a correction for Jerry Lewis' Profile:
Are you human?
5 + 2 =
Thanks for contacting us. We will get in touch with you soon!
Close this window