Anyone who has followed American Comedy through the years knows that a ton of our modern comedians owe their acts and their bits to Jerry Lewis. Sadly today we have to report he has passed away at the age of 91. Jerry Lewis was part of an iconic comic duo with Dean Martin for a large part of his career, and if you have not check out some of their acts, i would recommend heading over to YouTube and giving them a watch. For more details on the life and career of Jerry Lewis check out the news below, and be sure and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
Lewis was one-half of a legendary comedy duo with Dean Martin, entertaining the crowd with his slapstick antics while Martin reacted as the straight man of the pair. From 1948 to 1956, Lewis and Martin appeared together in 16 comedy films, including “My Friend Irma,” “At War With The Army,” and “Scared Stiff.” The pair quietly split without explanation after making “Hollywood or Bust” in 1956, and would not be seen together on screen or TV for another 20 years.
Lewis’ death comes just two weeks before Labor Day, when he hosted his annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon from 1966 to 2010. It was during that telethon that Lewis famously reunited with Martin in 1976 in a surprise encounter arranged by Frank Sinatra. The two reconciled after the death of Martin’s son and made their final appearance together in 1989 at what would be Martin’s final live show in Las Vegas, where Lewis brought out a giant birthday cake to celebrate Martin’s 72nd birthday.