Jerry Lewis

Comedian + Actor + Film Producer + Writer and Film Director
Born Mar 16, 1926

Jerry Lewis is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work, they starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born on March 16, 1926.


1946 20 Years Old He originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. … Read More
1948 22 Years Old Martin and Lewis made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948, debut broadcast of Toast of the Town with Ed Sullivan on the CBS TV Network (later The Ed Sullivan Show). … Read More
1952 26 Years Old Attesting the team's popularity, DC Comics published the best-selling The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comic books from 1952 to 1957, after which DC featured Lewis solo in The Adventures of Jerry Lewis until 1971. … Read More


1958 32 Years Old …  Lewis tried his hand at releasing solo music in the 1950s, having a chart hit with the song "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" (a song largely associated with Al Jolson and later re-popularized by Judy Garland) as well as the song, "It All Depends on You" in 1958. … Read More
1959 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, a contract between Paramount Pictures and Jerry Lewis Productions was signed specifying a payment of $10 million plus 60% of the profits for 14 films over a seven-year period.
1960 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with Visit to a Small Planet (1960), and wrapped up work on his own production, Cinderfella.
1961 35 Years Old While both Martin and Lewis went on to successful solo careers, for years neither would comment on the split nor consider a reunion. They made occasional public appearances together between their breakup and 1961 but were not seen together until a surprise appearance by Martin on Lewis's Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1976, arranged by Frank Sinatra. … Read More
1965 39 Years Old …  In 1965, Lewis directed and (along with Bill Richmond) wrote the comedy film The Family Jewels about a young heiress who must choose among six uncles, one of whom is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her. … Read More


1966 40 Years Old By 1966, Lewis, then 40, was no longer an angular juvenile and his routines seemed more labored.
1968 42 Years Old In 1968, he screened Spielberg's early film, Amblin' and told his students, "That's what filmmaking is all about."
1972 46 Years Old Lewis starred in and directed the unreleased The Day the Clown Cried in 1972. … Read More


1976 50 Years Old Lewis has also appeared in stage musicals. In 1976, he appeared in a revival of Hellzapoppin' with Lynn Redgrave, but it closed on the road before reaching Broadway.
1981 55 Years Old Lewis returned to the screen in 1981 with Hardly Working, a film he both directed and starred in. … Read More
1982 56 Years Old In December 1982, Lewis suffered a serious heart attack.
1983 57 Years Old He followed this up with a critically acclaimed performance in Martin Scorsese's 1983 film, The King of Comedy, in which Lewis plays a late-night TV host plagued by obsessive fans (played by Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhard). … Read More


1992 66 Years Old He appeared on television on one episode of Mad About Yous first season in 1992, playing an eccentric billionaire.
1994 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, he made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the Devil in a revival of the baseball musical, Damn Yankees, choreographed by future film director Rob Marshall (Chicago).
2005 79 Years Old In Lewis's 2005 book Dean and Me (A Love Story), Lewis wrote of his kinship with Martin, who died on December 25, 1995.
2006 80 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2006, the French Minister of Culture awarded Lewis the Légion d'honneur, calling him the "French people's favorite clown". … Read More
2009 83 Years Old In 2009, Lewis traveled to the Cannes Film Festival to announce his return to cinema, after a 13-year absence, for the film Max Rose, his first leading role since Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy.
In early 2011, Lewis signed a deal with Artificial Intelligence Entertainment and Capital Films to remake three of his earlier films (The Bellboy, Cinderfella and The Family Jewels), with Lewis serving as co-executive producer of them. Then, a few weeks later on March 16, 2011, the Las Vegas Sun also wished him a Happy 85th Birthday.
2012 86 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On June 12, 2012, he was treated and released from a hospital after collapsing from hypoglycemia at a New York Friars' Club event. … Read More
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