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Jerry Lewis

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Birthday
16, 1926
Birthplace
Newark, NJ
Death Date
Aug 20, 2017 (91)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
16, 1926
Birthplace
Newark, NJ
Death Date
Aug 20, 2017 (91)

About

Comedian, actor, and muscular dystrophy telethon host who formed one of history's greatest comedy teams with Dean Martin. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The American Comedy Awards, and the Venice Film Festival.

Before Fame

His early schtick was called "Record Act," which featured him miming the lyrics of popular songs as they played on a phonograph.

Trivia

He began hosting the MDA telethon in 1952, which was dubbed the "Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon" from 1966 until 2010.

Family Life

His father, Daniel Levitch, was a vaudeville entertainer and his mother, Rachel, was employed as the local radio station's piano player. He was married to Patti Palmer from 1944 to 1980 and then married SanDee Pitnick in 1983. He had seven kids.

Associated With

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.

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