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Jerry Lewis given name is Joseph Levitch, and he was born March 16, 1926. Jerry Lewis is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director.
Jerry Lewis is best known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin paired up in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. Martin and Lewis were popular in nightclub work, and they starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures.
Jerry Lewis is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association also known as MDA.
Jerry Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival. Jerry Lewis also has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jerry Lewis had entertainment in his blood. Both his mother and father wer in show business. Lewis started performing at age five and would often perform alongside his parents in the Catskill Mountains in New York State.
By fifteen he had developed his "Record Act", in which he overemphasized the miming of lyrics to songs on a phonograph. Today we call that lip-syncing. He used the professional name Joey Lewis, but soon changed it to Jerry Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian Joe E. Lewis and heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis.
Jerry Lewis eventually teamed up with singer Dean Martin, who served as straight man to Jerry's zany antics in the Martin and Lewis comedy team. They distinguished themselves from the majority of comedy acts of the 40s by relying on the impromptu interaction of the two comics instead of rehearsed skits. In the late 1940s, they had a popular nightclub act, and became stars of their own radio program.
They then made appearances on early live television, debuting first on the June 20, 1948 broadcast of Toast of the Town with Ed Sullivan on the CBS TV Network, followed on October 3, 1948 by an appearance on the NBC TV series Welcome Aboard.
They began their Paramount film careers in 1949 as ensemble players in My Friend Irma, based on the popular radio series of the same name and then a sequel in 1950, My Friend Irma Goes West. Starting with At War with the Army (1950), Martin and Lewis were the stars of their own vehicles, in fourteen additional titles at Paramount. Final was Hollywood or Bust (1956). All sixteen were produced by Hal Wallis.
However, as Martin's roles in their films became less important, the partnership became strained. Martin's diminished participation became an embarrassment in 1954, when Look magazine used a publicity photo of the team for the magazine cover, but cropped Martin out of the photo. The partnership finally ended on July 24, 1956.
Jerry Lewis was a guest star on the Red Skelton Show in 1971. Red Skelton and Jerry Lweis did a bit together in mime with Red as a master magician and Jerry as his assistant.
Every set up for the magic trick seemed to get bumbled along with the trick making it a very funny parody about magic acts. When it came time for Jerry to be put into a box to get sawed in half, Red and Jerry struggled with each other and the box came tumbling to the stage with both Red and Jerry prespiring heavily when Jerry called a time out.
He then proceeded to tell Red what a great honor it was to work with him on stage, and letting him know that Jerry thought he was one of the greatest comedians of that time.
If you like and remember the comedy styling of Martin and Lewis, then you probably remember Red Skelton.
Next time you are in Pigeon Forge check out the only family friendly tribute comedy show, "Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton".
CLICK HERE or on the Show Schedule link above and make reservations to see one of Pigeon Forge's best afternoon shows, Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton.
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