ETI Salutes legendary comedian Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

In order to be a legend you have to learn from and study the legends.

A legend today is known for their noted celebrity and larger-than-life accomplishments, whose fame is well-known.

Jerry Lewis (born Joseph Levitch; March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He and Dean Martin were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in motion pictures, nightclubs, television shows, concerts, album recordings and musicals.

Lewis served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years. Lewis has received several awards for lifetime achievements from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and been honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lewis was found dead at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada at 9:15 AM on August 20, 2017.

Lewis was one of the greatest comedians in the history of comedy.  He was known for his slapstick routines and became enormously famous when he teamed up with Dean Martin in 1946.

Lewis starred in a number of iconic films, including “The Nutty Professor” and “Damn Yankees.”

Jerry also was known to millions for decades as the emcee of the “Muscular Dystrophy Telethon” held every labor day weekend, where Lewis would raise money for 24 hours straight.

Jerry got a lifetime achievement award in 2009 by the Academy of of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

He was 91.

Jerry Lewis

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