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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jerry Lewis.


1926 Birth Lewis was born on March 16, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey to Russian Jewish parents. … Read More


1948 22 Years Old The two men made many appearances on early live television, their first on the June 20, 1948, debut broadcast of Toast of the Town on CBS (later as The Ed Sullivan Show). … Read More
1952 26 Years Old All sixteen movies were produced by Hal B. Wallis. Attesting the comedy team's popularity, DC Comics published the best-selling The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comics from 1952 to 1957. … Read More


1957 31 Years Old …  Meanwhile, DC Comics published a new comic book series The Adventures of Jerry Lewis from 1957 to 1971. … Read More
1958 32 Years Old Lewis tried his hand at releasing music during 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 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 In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with Visit to a Small Planet (1960), and wrapped up work on his own production, Cinderfella, which was postponed for a Christmas 1960 release, and Paramount, needing a quickie feature film for its summer 1960 schedule, held Lewis to his contract to produce one. … Read More


1966 40 Years Old By 1966, Lewis, then 40, was no longer an angular juvenile, his routines seemed more labored and his box office appeal waned to the point where Paramount Pictures new executives felt no further need for the Lewis comedies and did not wish to renew his 1959 profit sharing contract. … Read More
1968 42 Years Old Lewis taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a number of years; his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. In 1968, he screened Spielberg's early film, Amblin' and told his students, "That's what filmmaking is all about." … Read More


1976 50 Years Old In 1976, Lewis appeared in a revival of Hellzapoppin' with Lynn Redgrave, but it closed on the road before reaching Broadway. … Read More
1982 56 Years Old In December 1982, Lewis suffered another heart attack.


1989 63 Years Old The two men were seen together on stage for the last time when Martin was making what would be his final live performance at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Lewis pushed out a birthday cake for Martin's 72nd birthday in 1989 and sang "Happy Birthday" to him, and joking, "why we broke up, I'll never know."
1999 73 Years Old In 1999, his Australian tour was cut short when he had to be hospitalized in Darwin with viral meningitis. … Read More
2001 75 Years Old In September 2001, Lewis was unable to perform at a planned London charity event at the London Palladium. … Read More
2006 80 Years Old En route to San Diego from New York City on a cross-country commercial airline flight on on June 11, 2006, he sustained a minor heart attack. … Read More
In the 2011 documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, Lewis said he suffered his first heart attack while filming Cinderfella in 1960.
2016 90 Years Old In early 2016, Lewis made an online video statement for the organization on its website, in honor of its rebranding, marking his first appearance and comeback in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since his final Labor Day Telethon in 2010 and the ending of his tenure as national chairman in 2011. … Read More
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