March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017 (age 91)
Cause of Death: Ischemic cardiomyopathy (coronary artery disease)

Before Eddie Murphy was the Nutty Professor, comedian Jerry Lewis held those reigns, in the 1963 version of “The Nutty Professor,” to which Lewis also wrote, produced, and directed, as well as starring lead. That was what Lewis did throughout his entire career. He would begin his career with Dean Martin in 1946, forever known as the comedy team Martin and Lewis. The next phase of his career would be comedies that he also wrote, directed, and sometimes produced including the aforementioned “The Nutty Professor,” “The Bellboy” (1960), “The Ladies Man” (1961), and “The Family Jewels.” He would go on hiatus from 1995 to 2008 with some health scares in between including a heart attack and a bout with viral meningitis. He would return to do some voice work and few last appearances, mainly in “Max Rose” (2013) alongside Kerry Bishé and “The Trust” (2016) as Nicolas Cage’s character’s father. The role I most known him for was from Martin Scorsese’s “The King Of Comedy” (1982), where Lewis played Jerry Langford, a successful comedian and talk show host to which Robert De Niro’s aspiring, mentally-deranged comedian Rupert Pupkin is obsessed. Pupkin eventually takes Langford hostage in order to get a spot on his national television show. It is said that Lewis had some input on Zimmerman’s script for the film and at times even directed some of the minor actors on set during their scenes. Lewis was an icon to those in the comedy world.


2009 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award


1949 My Friend Irma
1949 How to Smuggle a Hernia Across the Border (Short)
1950 My Friend Irma Goes West
1950 The Milkman
Milkman (uncredited)
1950 At War With The Army
Pfc. Alvin Korwin
1951 That’s My Boy
Junior’ Jackson
1951 The Stooge
Theodore Rogers
1952 Sailor Beware
Melvin Jones
1952 Jumping Jacks
Hap Smith
1952 Road To Bali
‘Woman’ in Lala’s Dream (uncredited)
1953 Scared Stiff
Myron Mertz
1953 The Caddy
Harvey Miller, Jr.
1953 Money From Home
Virgil Yokum
1954 Living It Up
Homer Flagg
1954 3 Ring Circus
Jerome F. Hotchkiss
1955 You’re Never Too Young
Wilbur Hoolick
1955 Artists And Models
Eugene Fullstack
1956 Pardners
Wade Kingsley Sr/Wade Kingsley Jr.
1956 Hollywood Or Bust
Malcolm Smith
1957 The Delicate Delinquent
Sidney L. Pythias
1957 The Sad Sack
Private Meredith Bixby
1958 Rock-A-Bye Baby
Clayton Poole
1958 The Geisha Boy
Gilbert Wooley
1959 Don’t Give Us The Ship
John Paul Steckler I, IV, and VII
1959 Li’l Abner
Itchy McRabbit (uncredited)
1960 Visit To A Small Planet
1960 The Bellboy
Stanley / Himself (also director, writer and producer)
1960 Cinderfella
1961 The Ladies Man
Herbert H. Heebert / Mama Heebert (also director, writer and producer)
1961 The Errand Boy
Morty S. Tashman (also director and writer)
1962 It’s Only Money
Lester March
1963 The Nutty Professor
Professor Julius Kelp / Buddy Love / Baby Kelp (also director, writer and producer)
1963 It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Driver Running Over Hat (uncredited)
1963 Who’s Minding The Store?
Norman Phiffier
1964 The Patsy
Stanley Belt / Singers of the Trio (also director and writer)
1964 The Disorderly Orderly
Jerome Littlefield
1965 The Family Jewels
Willard Woodward / James Peyton / Everett Peyton / Julius Peyton / Capt. Eddie Peyton / Skylock Peyton / ‘Bugs’ Peyton (also director, writer and producer)
1965 Red Line 7000
Driver (uncredited)
1965 Boeing, Boeing
Robert Reed
1966 Three On A Couch
Christopher Pride / Warren / Ringo Raintree / Rutherford / Heather (also director)
1966 Way… Way Out
Peter Mattemore
1967 The Big Mouth
Gerald Clamson / Syd Valentine (also director and producer)
1968 Don’t Raise The Bridge, Lower The Water
George Lester
1969 Hook, Line, and Sinker
Peter J. Ingersoll / Fred Dobbs
1970 One More Time
Bandleader (voice) (uncredited) (also director, writer and producer)
1970 Which Way To The Front?
Brendan Byers III / Field Marshal Erik Kesselring (also director and producer)
1972 The Day The Clown Cried
Helmut Doork (also director and writer)
1980 Hardly Working
Bo Hooper (also director and writer)
1982 Slapstick Of Another Kind
Wilbur Swain / Caleb Swain
1982 The King Of Comedy
Jerry Langford
1983 Cracking Up
Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks (also director and writer)
1984 To Catch A Cop
Jerry Logan
1984 How Did You Get In? We Didn’t See You Leave
Clovis Blaireau
1989 Cookie
Arnold Ross
1992 Mr. Saturday Night
1993 Arizona Dream
Leo Sweetie
1995 Funny Bones
George Fawkes
2008 The Nutty Professor
Professor Julius Kelp / Buddy Love (voice)
2009 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!
Stationmaster (voice)
2013 Max Rose
Max Rose
2013 Till Luck Do Us Part
2016 The Trust
Stone’s Father


1959 Startime
Joey Robin / Joey Rabinowitz Episode: “The Jazz Singer”
1965 Ben Casey
Dr. Dennis Green Episode: “A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow”
1966 Batman
Citizen (uncredited) Episode: “The Bookworm Turns”
1967 Sheriff Who
n/a Television movie
1967 The Danny Thomas Hour
Brief walking (unbilled) Episode: “Danny Thomas’ Wonderful World of Burlesque: Fourth Edition”
1970 The Red Skelton Hour
Magician’s Assistant / Silent Spot Episode: “The Magic Act”
1987 Fight For Life
Dr. Bernard Abrams Television movie
1988-1989 Wiseguy
Eli Sternberg 5 Episodes
1993 Mad About You
Freddy Statler Episode: “The Billionaire”
2003 The Simpsons
Professor John Frink, Sr. (voice) Episode: “Treehouse of Horror XIV”
2004 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls
n/a Television movie
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Uncle Andrew Munch Episode: “Uncle”

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