Jerry Lewis is an American comedian, actor, film producer, writer and director known for his slapstick humor and his charity fund-raising telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lewis gained initial fame with singer Dean Martin, who served as a straight man to Lewis’s manic, zany antics as the Martin and Lewis comedy team.
Lewis returned as a solo act with his debut film “The Delicate Delinquent” in 1957. He starred in five more films, including “Rock-a-Bye, Baby” (1958) and “The Geisha Boy” (1958), before he produced, directed, co-wrote with Bill Richmond, and starred in his own movie entitled “The Bellboy” in 1960. Lewis also directed several more films which he co-wrote with Richmond including “The Ladies Man,” “The Errand Boy,” and the iconic film, “The Nutty Professor.” Lewis helped establish the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1952, and has organized a Labor Day telethon to help raise money for the organization since 1966. His efforts have helped raise approximately $2 billion for neuromuscular patient care and research. Lewis has served as National Chairman of the association since 1952.
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