Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis has passed away peacefully from natural causes at age of 91 at his home in Las Vegas. Lewis had last been hospitalized in June.
Starting as the goofball sidekick to Dean Martin in a nightclub act, the pair became hugely successful entertainers in the 1950s before disbanding.
Lewis’ filmmography is astonishing and includes the likes of roles in “The King of Comedy,” “Arizona Dream,” “Cinderfella,” “My Friend Irma,” “Funny Bones,” “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Who’s Minding the Store,” “Visit to a Small Planet,” “The Delicate Delinquent,” “Living It Up,” “Hollywood or Bust,” “That’s My Boy,” “At War with the Army,” “The Geisha Boy,” “The Caddy,” and directing many films including “The Ladies Man,” “The Family Jewels,” “The Errand Boy,” “The Bellboy” and his most famous screen work with the original “The Nutty Professor”.
In 1972 Lewis directed the controversial, still unreleased and very little seen 1972 feature “The Day the Clown Cried” in which he played a circus clown imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II who is forced to lead children to the gas chambers. Unfinished, Lewis has kept the rough cut unreleased.
Lewis is also a famed philanthropist who has helped raise more than $2 billion dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through an annual telethon which he hosted for 44 years.
Lewis is survived by his wife SanDee Pitnick, five sons and one daughter.