American Comedian Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes reported the death of Jerry Lewis with a tweet on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. A comedic icon. A movie star.

Actor Jim Carrey, whose comedy style was strongly influenced by Jerry Lewis, said: "That fool was no dummy".

"I have a lot of stuff to do in not a lot of time".

"I fell in love with him the day we met", Lewis said on "CBS Sunday Morning" previous year. His well-received debut earned him more gigs. "And if you don't think that way, you're going to get very, very conceited". He also adopted a daughter with his second wife, SanDee Pitnick.

Comedian Jerry Lewis died at age 91, Death cause of natural

"One of the greatest of all time".

Lewis partnered with Dean Martin early in his career to make up the popular comedy duo Martin and Lewis.

The duo broke up in 1956 when Lewis made a decision to go solo, writing, directing and starring in future classics like The Ladies Man and The Nutty Professor.

Where he not only starred in his own films, he also wrote, produced, and directed numerous movies and shows he acted in.

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His final film, Max Rose, screened at France's Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and he continued to do stand up comedy as late as 2016, according to Variety.

Other notable successes included Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, in 1983, in which he played a talk show host stalked by Robert de Niro.

After he and the "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" singer - who passed away in 1995 - stopped performing together - he went on to star in the likes of "The Nutty Professor", "Cookie", "Arizona Dream" and "Funny Bones".

While it's particularly sad to learn of Lewis' passing, it's important we appreciate his long career in Hollywood and the impact he had on future generations of comedians.

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For many, Jerry Lewis is best remembered as The Nutty Professor.

Lewis' career skyrocketed for the comedian in 1946 when he was paired up with #legendary crooner and actor Dean Martin. His father, Daniel Levitch, was a vaudeville entertainer and his mother, Rachel Levitch, was a piano player on the radio.

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