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Jerry Lewis Overview:

Legendary actor, Jerry Lewis, was born Joseph Levitch on Mar 16, 1926 in Newark, NJ. Lewis died at the age of 91 on Aug 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV .

MINI BIO:

Long-faced, crop-haired American star comedian whose goofy, childlike, disaster-prone comic creation was a tremendous hit in the late forties and fifties, in partnership with Dean Martin. After much bickering, the partnership split in 1957. Lewis's solo comedy films were excellent value from 1957 to 1964 with often marvelously funny sequences, and the comedian's streak of pathos kept in check. After this, often under his own direction, they became slow, sentimental, and self-indulgent, and public support and private backing ran out in 1971. Later seen in benevolent cameos. Had six children.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. Lewis was never nominated for an Academy Award. However he won one Honorary Award in 2008 Jerry Lewis .

BlogHub Articles:

The Nutty Professor (1963): is Jekyll and Hyde

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 7, 2020 From 4 Star Films

I can bemusedly remember more than a few trips out to the high school football fields as?our designated evacuation point for fire drills. The other times we ended up out there was more likely than not due to?the chemistry department setting them?off with some supernal explosion of their own devising... Read full article


The Bellboy (1960) and The Goofball Auteur

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 2, 2020 From 4 Star Films

The Bellboy is introduced by a witty disclaimer as a studio executive (a cameo by Jack Kruschen) explains this is a film based on fun. There is no story. No plot. Instead, it acts as a visual diary in the week of a real nut! He subsequently reels about in his chair laughing hysterically. It breaks t... Read full article


Quote of the Week: on Comedy

By KC on Jan 10, 2016 From Classic Movies

Image Source My philosophy of comedy is a man in trouble. There but for the grace of God go I. - Quote Source... Read full article


presents... The Nutty Professor (1963)

By Michaela on Sep 19, 2015 From Love Letters to Old Hollywood

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you've probably noticed that a lot of my movie discoveries have come from my mom and my sister -- my mom will recommend something or mention someone I should check out, and then I wind up watching it with my sister (which can be good or bad). The same goes for ... Read full article


How Many Films Did Dean Martin and Star in Together?

By Annmarie Gatti on Jun 7, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

How Many Films Did Dean Martin and Star in Together? Dean Martin and met for the first time at New York City’s Glass Hat Club where both were performing in 1945, then teamed up to debut at Atlantic City’s 500 Club on July 25, 1946. ?From live performances, to radi... Read full article


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Jerry Lewis Quotes:

Bob Miles: Whu don't you straighten up?
Wilbur Hoolick: Oh, I am straightened up. It's just that my shoulders are stupid.


[Greeting Elizabeth's secretary]
Christopher Pride: Hi, Murphy, you precious pussycat!


[his jingle, to the tone of "Rock-a-bye Baby"]
Malcolm Smith: I eat Poochy Puff Dog Food outta the can / It makes me eat my food just like a man / My coat is so glossy, shiny and bright / My master can find me in the middle of the night!


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Jerry Lewis Facts
First filmmaker to develop and use video-assist device on location.

Jerry took his last name from his actor-father's stage name.

Society of Operating Cameramen, (SOC) Honorary Member(1981) Lewis was honored for his contribution and development the first "Video Assist" for the motion picture camera in 1966. This allowed him to view his performance while directing himself in his films. This is used extensively today in filmmaking, known as "Video Village."

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