Jerry Lewis

By Adam Bernstein

Jerry Lewis, who died Aug. 20 at 91, was a comic actor whose rubber-limbed pratfalls, squeaky voice and pipsqueak buffoonery made him one of the most uncontainable screen clowns of all time.

His partnership with the suave and assured crooner Dean Martin made them a sensation, easily the most popular comedy team of the mid-20th century. After their bitter break up, which devastated their millions of fans, Lewis embarked on a solo career of dizzying summits and desperate lows, including an addiction to painkillers as years of physical comedy took their toll.

Fascinated by the technical side of film, he became one of the first sound-era comedians to write, direct and star in his own movies. He was credited with laying the groundwork for later comedic writer-director-actors such as Mel Brooks and Woody Allen.

Few comedians have been so beloved and so derided as Lewis, who amassed devoted fans and stunningly hostile reviews from critics. Few have been so accomplished as humanitarians - his annual muscular dystrophy telethons had raised almost $1.5 billion by the late 2000s - or so polarizing as personalities.

Lewis could be candid and coy, insightful and insulting in the same sentence. He was tireless, demanding and insecure - in his own words "a neurotic, temperamental imbecile." He could also play the charming child, telling interviewers he never felt more than 9 years old.

"An audience is nothing more than eight or nine hundred mamas and papas clapping their hands and saying, 'Good boy, baby,' " he said. "You'll find that people who had enough 'Good boy, baby' from their actual parents rarely turn to comedy."

Lewis was, for better or worse, one of the most unforgettable entertainers of his generation. In his later years, he battled spinal meningitis, pulmonary fibrosis and diabetes, among other ailments. His death at his home in Las Vegas was confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau.

A struggling comedian at 19, Lewis surged to stardom at 20 after partnering with Martin in 1946 at an Atlantic City nightclub. They made 16 films together, including "Jumping Jacks" and "Artists and Models," and they were major TV stars before breaking up in 1956 at their peak as a duo.

As an actor, Lewis brought an antic joy to hundreds of millions of people who saw him play a role he called "the Idiot," a cross-eyed innocent who bested bullies despite his nasally voice and gangly appearance.

The Idiot was the sort of uncontrollable character - falling down laundry chutes, breaking furniture and sputtering at the sight of an alluring woman - that set the loony standard for later generations of comedians, including Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler. "The Nutty Professor," Lewis' 1963 comedy about a shy professor who invents a formula that turns him into wolfish swinger modeled on Martin, was remade with Eddie Murphy in 1996.

As hosts of the NBC's "The Colgate Comedy Hour" from 1950 to 1955, Lewis and Martin burst onto the airwaves with an anarchic style unlike most television of that era. Lewis' goofball utterings - "I like it, I like it" and "La-a-a-dy!" - became national catchphrases.

"You see Jerry Lewis running up to the cameras and into the audience and breaking the rules right off the bat," said David Schwartz, chief film curator at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York. "It makes Robin Williams look sedate."

With a manic energy that often landed him in hospitals from overwork, Lewis made more than 50 films, countless club and television appearances and several popular recordings. His 1956 version of "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby," a song first popularized by Al Jolson, sold more than 1 million copies.

Lewis was such a financial powerhouse at Paramount Pictures in the 1950s and early 1960s that one executive there was reported to have said, "If he wants to burn the studio down, I've got the match."

He debuted as a director, writer and actor in "The Bellboy" (1960) - a picture set at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach - in which he played the hapless title character almost entirely in pantomime. The film was a smash and brought Lewis the cachet to control his next few projects, including "The Ladies Man" (1961), "The Errand Boy" (1961) and "The Nutty Professor."

As a moviemaker, Lewis was greatly inspired by having worked under director Frank Tashlin, a former animator, on such films as "Cinderfella" (1960) and "The Disorderly Orderly" (1964).

Like Tashlin, Lewis exaggerated sound and sight for affect. In "The Nutty Professor," the use of amplified sound allows the audience to experience the title character's hangover after a night of drinking.

When prominent American critics bothered to review Lewis's films at all, they generally dismissed them as recycled sight gags and plotless pratfalls that lacked continuity.

"In his field of comedy, which happens to be both narrow and rutted, Lewis stands as a sort of witless genius," critic Harriet Van Horne of the New York World-Telegram and Sun wrote. "He's the only performer I know who can be both endearing and disgusting in the space of two minutes."

Lewis gained the grudging respect of some reviewers in 1983 when Martin Scorsese hired him for a dramatic part in "The King of Comedy" as a talk-show host kidnapped by a fan (played by Robert De Niro). In "Funny Bones" (1995), he again won over critics in an unlikable role, playing a comedian who overshadows his son's comic ambitions.

To some French cinema theorists, Lewis was a "total filmmaker" in the comic moviemaking tradition of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, who also created and starred in their own projects. The theorists, and even directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, considered Lewis' broad comic sensibility a comment on an American penchant for excess and male self-doubt and sexual anxiety.

Lewis was contemptuous of the media and, to some degree, American audiences, who he felt never understood his intent as a performer.

He told The Washington Post in 1972 that his humor "is not a sophisticated humor. On the contrary, it's based on something in its simplest form. Americans are always wondering whether they should laugh if someone gets a pie in the face, if it will demean their character. Europeans don't think about things like that. They just laugh."

He was submerged in pie-in-the-face slapstick from his earliest years. He was born Jerome Levitch on March 16, 1926, in Newark, the son of Jewish vaudevillians who performed at New York-area resorts.

He debuted in 1931, when his parents brought him onstage at a hotel to sing the Depression-era anthem "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"

Once, he slipped onstage, and his foot went through a footlight bulb. "There was this big laugh, relieved laughter when the audience saw I wasn't hurt," he told The Post. "So I went after a second bulb. I'd been hit by the poison dart. I knew how it felt to get a laugh. When my parents got their next booking, the manager had to add, 'No kicking bulbs out.' "

After quitting high school in 1942 - he said it was because of the flagrant anti-Semitism of his principal in Irvington, N.J. - Lewis honed his "record act," a routine in which he mimed lyrics of operatic and popular songs playing on a phonograph. As an emcee in burlesque houses, he worked to improve his ad-libbing skills before hostile crowds.

In summer 1946, Lewis was doing his record act at the 500 Club in Atlantic City. When the singer on the bill was fired, Lewis suggested the still-obscure Martin as a replacement. The two had performed months earlier at a New York club and began joking around onstage, to the audience's delight.

At the 500 Club, their act contained the core of what would excite crowds for the next decade: Martin acting seductively toward women, Lewis doing his utmost to interrupt the singer by breaking plates and drinking water from flower vases. Decades later, in the New Yorker, writer James Kaplan likened Lewis onstage to "a chimp on Benzedrine."

As the Lewis and Martin act grew in popularity, the entertainers signed a movie deal with Hal B. Wallis at Paramount. Wallis saw to it that his new team would stick to a moneymaking formula, playing the same basic characters in every film: Lewis the loon, Martin the ladies' man. Wallis started them off in secondary roles in "My Friend Irma" (1949), based on the hit radio series.

Despite their on-screen chemistry, the Martin-Lewis relationship grew tense. Lewis often described Martin, nine years his senior, as an older brother. But they competed for attention from peers and women, and Lewis found his partner increasingly aloof and intent on pursuing a separate singing and acting career. Martin, among others, called Lewis mercurial.

"Jerry, who was supposed to be the funny one, couldn't stand it if Dean got any laughs," the writer and producer Norman Lear, who wrote for the team, once said. He said Lewis often got physically ill when Martin stole a scene and balked when writers revealed that Lewis alone was not responsible for the jokes on the show.

The Lewis-Martin split was acrimonious. They did not speak to each other for 20 years, until a mutual friend, Frank Sinatra, prodded them to appear together on Lewis' muscular dystrophy telethon. Dean died in 1995.

After a long run of successes without Martin, Lewis saw his film career plummet in the late 1960s amid audience demand for more topical humor. Studio officials balked at his insistence on total creative control.

Further problems developed in the 1970s. A chain of cinemas he owned went bankrupt, and he wrestled with addiction to painkilling drugs to treat a back injury. The physical pain reportedly left him on the verge of suicide.

Lewis' movie career went fallow after filming what he considered his unreleased masterpiece. The movie was "The Day the Clown Cried" (1972), in which Lewis played a concentration camp clown who entertains children as they are led to the gas chamber. Considered by those who have seen it as one of the most offensive films ever made, the film was indefinitely withheld from release amid lawsuits among its backers and writers.

His 1944 marriage to Esther Calonico, a big-band singer known as Patti Palmer, ended in divorce in 1980. Survivors include his wife, SanDee Pitnick "Sam" Lewis, whom he married in 1983; five sons from the first marriage, including musician Gary Lewis; and a daughter from the second marriage.

A son from his first marriage, Joseph, died in 2009 of an apparent drug overdose. A complete list of survivors could not be immediately confirmed.

Lewis remained a television star as host of muscular-dystrophy telethons, for which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized the actor with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2009.

The telethons featured guest appearances from Charo to Tony Bennett. At the end, Lewis always sang "You'll Never Walk Alone." He also had vaudeville acts, acrobats and a procession of youngsters - called "Jerry's Kids" - suffering from muscular dystrophy.

The telethons were the subject of enduring debate. Television critics and some advocacy groups lambasting them as tasteless spectacles that exploited the children they professed to help.

Some saw the shows as a self-aggrandizing star vehicle for Lewis, who often surrounded himself with performers praising his humanitarianism despite stories generated by some relatives about his womanizing and emotional abuse as a father. He further harmed his reputation with crude remarks about gays and women.

"I have all the strength in the world to fight those morons," Lewis told The Post about his telethon critics. "Do they want to talk to the 135,000 who are afflicted, who call me their hero? They'll get killed. And what about the s.o.b.'s who come to you and say, 'How much do you get out of this action?' You have to smile, because they have capital punishment in most states."

He called his rage when discussing the disease "the only productive hate I have."

Lewis and The Muscular Dystrophy Association parted ways in 2010, under circumstances that remain vague. Five years later, the association said it was ending the telethon for good.

In 1995, Lewis had an acclaimed stage role as the Devil in the musical "Damn Yankees!" At $40,000 a week, he reportedly became the highest-paid performer on Broadway at the time. The New York Times, whose reviewers never much cared for his films, declared, "Jerry Lewis is legitimate at last."

At this late-career peak, Lewis was still unpredictable in interviews - clowning with a slightly menacing touch. "Let's put it this way," he told a Post reporter. "You will remember we met."

He then threatened to cut the reporter's tie. He was half-joking.

Published by Buffalo News on Aug. 20, 2017.
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Dear Jerry! You are Missing! I´ll never forget you! Petra
Petra Schiebel
August 23, 2021
My very best to Mr. Lewis and his family today. So much gratitude for his entertaining, wholehearted approach to Art, Comedy, and Dance to express HUMANITY at its finest. Today, more than ever, we can remember you and learn to express our Humanity and Love. Friend Leilani Anderson
Leilani Anderson
August 20, 2021
Celebrating a dear man whose work and legacy still light up when others are unable, sharing a special gift in this way. My belated birthday wish for you in reviving the Peace and Joy inside the light. Love Leilani Anderson
Leilani Anderson
March 17, 2021
Jerr...I love you! I hope, you are fine up there! Rest in Peace...Petra
Petra Schiebel
August 20, 2020
All The Best to The Lewis Family
Leilani Anderson
August 19, 2020
Honoring such a special person, Mr. Jerry Lewis, we have JOY to spare when thinking of you. Your friend Leilani Anderson
Leilani Anderson
August 19, 2020
Hi Jerry!
I wish you a very happy belated Birthday!Have a grand Party in Heaven! Miss you! Petra
Petra Schiebel
March 18, 2020
Hi Jerry
I know this won't post until tomorrow one day
after your Birthday sorry I'm late this year.
Happy Birthday Jerry
A Lewis Admirer Always
March 17, 2020
Hi Jerry
I know this won't post until tomorrow a day after your birthday.
But I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Belated Birthday
A Lewis Admirer Forever
March 17, 2020
Jerry Lewis is an amazing man. When I was a child his movies helped me through some very dark times. He inspired me to be my families comedian and sure could make them laugh even when they were sad. Thank you Jerry for helping me find the laughter. I still watch your movies. I dont have them all but I wish I did. Now its your time to rest but Im sure in Heaven you keep the angels laughing.
Schaudell Morrison
January 25, 2020
A new Year without an extraordinary Person...
I wish you a happy new Year in Heaven Jerry! Petra
Petra Schiebel
January 2, 2020
Petra Schiebel
December 23, 2019
Merry Christmas in Heaven Jerry! You will be missed! Petra
Petra Schiebel
December 23, 2019
Hi Jerry
Today is Labor Day 2019 your favorite holiday.
It still seems so strange even after these several years
with no Telethon.
Here's my gift to you. And if i time it just right I'll have this done at 3pm
which was your sign off time each year.
Happy Labor Day to you Jerry

When you walk through a storm
Keep your chin up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
at the end of the storm is a golden sky and the
sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
walk on through the rain
tho your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, Walk on
with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
you'll never walk alone
Walk on, Walk on
with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
you'll never walk alone

"Goodnight -God Bless
Thank You So Much"
Miss You Jerry

September 2, 2019
A kind man who touched others from every walk of Life is who I will celebrate today.
Laughter and Love are the gifts that endure.
My very best,
Leilani Anderson
August 20, 2019
Thank you Jerry for all the help you gave to the sick...
Linda Pierman
August 19, 2019
Thank you Jerry for all the times you made me laugh; for all the times you made me forget what made me cry. until forever David
David Barros Alves
Significant Other
August 19, 2019
20. August 2019
Dear Jerry!
Jerry you were my favorite Comedian! Thank you for making me laugh over the Years! Will miss you! Rest in Peace Jerry! Your big Fan Petra Schiebel
Petra Schiebel
August 19, 2019
Dear Mr. Lewis,
I send my best and appreciate every lesson you have shared with your friends and loved ones on Earth. You have not truly lived until you have helped someone so much that this person could not possibly return the favor. Let me say that this person was me. I think you truly lived Life to the fullest, and will honor your legacy by doing the same. All my best to your family in health and strength. Your friend,
Leilani Anderson
March 16, 2019
Hi Jerry
I just want to wish you a very
Happy Happy Birthday today.
I'm sure you'll have a grand party in Heaven with all your family and celebrity friends as well.
Miss you here on earth.
A Lewis Admirer Always
Bernadette Hanson
March 16, 2019
Petra Schiebel
March 15, 2019
hi jeerry
February 13, 2019 are missed!
God bless you!
Petra Schiebel
December 21, 2018
I apologize for this very belated post which is very overdue

Jerry Lewis is my all time favorite Comedian, who was also Director and a very underrated Excellent Actor, often displaying serious dramatic performances in many of his Comedies. In King Of Comedy (Robert DeNiro was blown away by his performance, and it is impossible to not get choked up at the end of The Nutty Professor, when Buddy Love is on stage during his final transformation. That was just Great acting.

He was a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, who also was a big influence on his career, and he even adapted the song "Smile" as his Telethon Theme Song (which was written by Charlie Chaplin BTW). One of his prized possessions was an Original 35 mm print of Modern Times, which Charlie Chaplin personally gave to him as a gift.

As a Director and out of necessity, Mr. Lewis had mounted a video camera and film camera together in order to share the same camera shot. This enabled him to do instant playback the on video tape and he created what is known today as Video Assist, which allows the Director to view a video version of a take as soon as it was filmed.

I ALWAYS looked forward to the MDA Telethons as far back as I could remember, because Jerry Lewis could always make me laugh hard enough to cry and nearly stop breathing most every time. I waited eagerly and impatiently for his impromptu comedic moments and performances when you would least expected it, in between and sometimes during the entertainment segments and sponsor donations.

The Tributes have been and will continue to be justifiably overwhelming from everywhere throughout the Entertainment world, and will look to inspire Special Tributes during the Oscars, Emmy's and countless other entertainment venues.

He truly was an Entertainment Icon, who inspired countless Comedians, and I can literally go on and on and on about his Talent and what he meant to this world, and to me personally. I was fortunate to acquire a personally autographed copy of one of his books. I wish I had met him in person, but I think he would tell me that I would know him best by being his Fan, by watching and appreciating all the films and performances of his Lifetime of work, because he put all of himself in everything he did - including raising over $2.6 billion in research donations to fight Muscular Dystrophy and the MDA National Chairman.

When Jerry Lewis passed away, it was a very very sad day for me, his other many many Fans, and the Entertainment Industry. My sincere condolences to the Family, Friends and Fans of Jerry Lewis and may he Rest in Peace, Amein.

Gary Signorelli
November 4, 2018
For years I've watched and adored you and prayed to someday meet you. Prayers so come true!
I also got the chance to sing to you and Paul Williams at The South Point Casino in Las Vegas.
Best day of my life.
The saddest day of my life, was the day you departed and took the jokes, the laughter, and that big beautiful smile with you. RIHP. I will forever remember you in my heart.❤
Your Fan. Always and Forever.
Catherine James
October 2, 2018
Jerry, you will be missed, You are the Best ! Your the Greatest in my heart, your one in a Million, thank you for all you did to bring laughter to millions and joy to your MDA kids, Thank You for sending me tickets to your last MDA Show, I will always remember that great weekend ! God Bless you ! Dave Brunette
Dave Brunette
September 5, 2018
Hi Jerry
Today is Labor Day 2018 and it feels so very strange
without your Labor Day Telethon.
However as a longtime admires of yours and knowing
this was your favorite Holiday I wanted to do something special
that you could be proud of from up above in Heaven.
So here's my Labor Day gift to You.
And I plan on making this a new tradition in your Honor
every Labor Day.
When you walk through a storm
keep your chin up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, Walk on
with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone
Walk on,Walk on
with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone

"Goodnight-god Bless
thank You so much"

Thank You Jerry-for all the many years
of laughter and the Hope you gave to all Your Kids

September 3, 2018
A great artist lost, but never forgotten!
Debbra Neitch
August 26, 2018
Elizabeth Melchiori
August 21, 2018
Thank you for sharing your dynamic gifts of supreme showmanship, humor, and dedication to helping others...lasting gifts. Your kindnesses to me and my family will never be forgotten!
Love and Peace to your family today.
Your friend,
Leilani Anderson Dallas, Texas
Leilani Anderson
August 20, 2018
On this anniversary thank you for helping to make life more interesting and joyful. Rest In Peace funnyman.
Phyllis Heller
August 19, 2018
20. August 2018 are missed!!!
Petra Schiebel
August 17, 2018
You made me laugh, and for that I thank you.
Richard Isaacs
July 17, 2018
This world lost a man that was so talented and kind loving and gave us his all. There will never be anyone close . You are greatly missed! But I know you are in heaven making them laugh! Love forever Susan
Susan Russell
June 1, 2018
Rest in Peace Jerry, you gave the world laughter. You were a true legend.
Gabriel Hughes
May 20, 2018
Mr. Lewis, Happy Birthday to you! Your gifts of art, comedy, and healing have touched me more than words can express. You have certainly made me a happier and more grateful human being. Thank You. Your friend, Leilani Anderson
Leilani Anderson
March 16, 2018
Hi Jerry
Happy Birthday to you
Have a great big party with your parents and celebrity friends in Heaven.
You are missed by many
March 16, 2018
Petra Schiebel
March 14, 2018
Hi Jerry!
Look here! This is for you!!!
I did it myself!!!
Happy Birthday to you my dear!!!
Let it go you up there!!!
I'm thinking of you!!!
Petra Schiebel
March 14, 2018
Jerry had the rare talent to lighten and uplift people's spirits. It was very easy to feel as if you knew him personally. May the knowledge that he touched so many lives with laughter help see the family thru his loss, along with the comforting promises God provides for us all. Ps. 62:12
March 9, 2018
Thank you Jerry for sharing your many talents with us. A gifted man. You could really make me laugh, and cry. Sometimes at the same time. I know you must have a special place in heaven. God bless you.Doug
Doug Hoff
March 5, 2018
Doug Hoff
March 5, 2018
Jerry it was an honor to meet you twice in my life,and the honor of loving you,as I would my uncles.Who died,you are missed.and loved.i pray that God will have a special place for you.You are a legend,and one of God's best children.Be blessed.!
Martin Matsil
March 5, 2018
Smart, funny, a pleasure to know and love you
David Rukke
February 6, 2018
will be missed. all those great laughs!
Genevieve BUCK
February 3, 2018
A new year, but the end of an Era.

JERRY LEWIS was the most talented entertainer ever to grace the earth. There will never be anyone who could fill his funny shoes, or no act to recreate the 'Magic in a bottle' chemistry that he and Dean had.

This brilliant, charismatic, courageous nut has gone on to be the biggest, brightest star in the sky.
Never to be forgotten.

With love to all of his family.

From the UK x
January 14, 2018
Hi Jerry
As you begin your first full year in Heaven.
I just want to send a Happy New Year's 2018
wish to you.
A Lewis admirer always
December 31, 2017
I grew up knowing Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. What wonderful comedians.
December 29, 2017
How to forget this man who was part of my childhood! I remember all his Saturday afternoon movies together with Dean Martin. I will never forget you! And go on laughing in Heaven Jerry! (Germán Fontanini, Argentina)
Germán Fontanini
December 29, 2017
Hi Jerry
I know we necer met.
But I am such a huge admirer of you
I just want to send you a Merry Christmas wish up in Heaven as this is your first of many in our true home
Hope you are doing well
Bernadette Hanson
December 25, 2017
sorry you have left us all behind. ..a special man without doubt. to you jerry ...
jane hammond
December 22, 2017
My dear Jerry!
Im so sad that you have passed away!
Im allways missing you!!!
Petra Schiebel
December 22, 2017
Offering my condolences during this most difficult time. May the love of close friends carry this family thru this time of sorrow. (Proverbs 18:24)

December 9, 2017
Jerry is on my Mind-a lot lately. When that
Happens, I pay attention.

I am Mindful of Him -during the Day-
And Contemplate his Legacy -in this

And, I continue to be saddened at his
Passing. I never met him, but I have
A feeling -I would have been inspired
By him-if I had.
Patricia Hughes
November 15, 2017
My sincere condolences to family.He was a hero for me cause he made me so happy in my. Gloomy childhood.Thanks for opening the door to laughter from my heart.Will be missed immensely. Thank you.
November 12, 2017
Jerry Lewis, He was a Great Person . God Bless him.
cynthia Weber
November 9, 2017
Jerry, I'm so sad that you have passed away. I didn't know you ere so sick! You made our family so happy when we watched your shows! I especially loved your favorite show "The Jerry Lewis Telethon!! Every time you sang "You'll never walk alone" Even when you couldn't make it through the whole song!! I cried every year!!!! God Bless you for many shows and raising money for Jerry's kids!!!! Thank you for making us laugh even on days we were so sad!!!! You are a great man and you put your all into anything did the stunts in your movies!!! There will never be another Jerry Lewis!!! America Loves you and always will !! I so hope you are at peace!!!! But I don't think you are a man that cans stop doing what you are doing!!! Make sure to keep you Halo on straight and I think you will get your angles!!! God Bless you. America Loves you!!! <3's
Joannie Volner
November 9, 2017
Sure remember you on tv. didn't know you personally, all the best to the family,

Bob & GLoria Harris , Thunder Bay, ont.
Bob & GLoria Harris
October 31, 2017
I have happy childhood memories of watching your movies on Sunday afternoons sometimes. Thank you. R I P. Condolences to family and friends.
Lisa Philip
October 31, 2017
Went to jerry Lewis theater in Chula Vista California saw many movies there. R.I.P
John Demore
October 26, 2017
My deepest condolences to such a warm and funny man!! Brought so much joy to the whole wide world.

The good thing is that we will always be able to see his movies and always, always we will have him in our thoughts and in our hearts. He paved the way for other comedians.

May he rest in peace.


Mary Castillo
Mary Castillo
October 25, 2017
My condolences and sincerest sympathies to Mr. Lewis's family...your in my heart and prayers. I've been a fan of Mr. Lewis's for many years. He was the one celebrity I wish I could have the honor of meeting in person. I've always loved and adored Mr. Lewis...and I always will...he will always be in my heart. I love you Mr. Lewis, sir...thank you for all the years of laughter. Heartbroken fan: Connie Babb. XO
Connie Babb
October 21, 2017
I so loved your comedy as well as your serious acting abilities. My sister and I saw you at the Albee theatre in Cincinnati Ohio, and sat through two shows of Rockabye Baby just to hear you sing again!
My condolences to your family on their tremendous loss and to the world for ours.
Rest your body from years of pratfalls...
Bless you.
Marilyn McClain
October 18, 2017
prayers going out to your family you will be missed love you
valerie woody
October 18, 2017
Thank you Mr Jerry Lewis for your acting ability that I so thoroughly enjoyed. It brought me great pleasure growing up viewing as a child in the 1960s and 1970s. All the older shows in black and white. I thought you were amazing. May you rest in peace. God Bless you and condolences to all family friends and fans.
October 16, 2017
My deepest condolences to Mr. Lewis's entire family at this very sad time in their lives.Jerry was truly gifted in so many ways.RIP. God's got another good laugh ahead. God's speed forever more Jerry.
Jann LaRocque
October 13, 2017
RIP Mr Lewis- You were such a wonderful talented man and had so many personalities. You will be forever remembered in your movies and for working so hard on the MDS telethon, prayers go up to his entire family at this very sad time.RIP.
Jann LaRocque
October 13, 2017
Thank u Mr. Lewis u brought so much funny movies started on my moms black and white tv.RIP deepest sympathy to family and friends love ya
Diane Arnold
October 11, 2017
He was an excellent comedian and a very caring and loving man. Prayers for his family.
October 10, 2017
Jerry Lewis you were the best and when you were with dean martin you two had a click that no one could beat,but you also had some rough patches, you are my father's favorite & you always reminded me of him same great big smile and jet blackhair and nose.Great Master of ceromonies to the MD kids of this country you gave so much to that charity!!! My condolences to all that love you as we will see each other in the comedy section of heaven Jerr....
Cecilia Milano
October 8, 2017
Debbie Jones
October 4, 2017
My condolences to the family
We will miss Jerry Vivian vollo
Vivian Vollo
October 1, 2017
I am saddened by the news that Jerry Lewis has died. He truly gave himself to others by making people laugh and temporarily forget their troubles. His tireless efforts to help those with disabilities will long be remembered and appreciated . May the God of all comfort comfort the surviving members of the family.
Leonard Tucker
September 28, 2017
I would like to express my condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. I am a fan and I enjoyed watching his movies as child. I remember laughing until my face would hurt. He was a very, very, very funny man. As an adult I still watch his movies. His clean comedy has helped me through some sad times. May it also help you during this difficult time as well along with the kind of comfort that only God gives at 1 Co 1:3.

September 27, 2017
I didn't even hear about you leaving this world with all the crazy news on> but I will miss you!
September 25, 2017
I have been a great fan since I was a little girl, I still enjoy his movies and I watched the telethons yearly he will always be one of my favorite actors-comedians, he will be missed. My prayers are with his family God bless you all and give you strength, peace and comfort.
Patricia Morris
September 23, 2017
When Jerry Lewis died and I heard he was 91, I could not believe it. I became involved with Muscular in 1977. I was 26 years of age. I had Polio at age 2, but I could still walk with crutches. I had crutches and braces for a long time. I decided on the advice of a Therapist, to quit wearing the leg braces. I was living in Toronto. I moved to Wellington in 1984, and to Belleville in 1987. I had some jobs in Belleville. I went on Disability Pension in 1992. I started volunteering in 1993. I was at Belleville General Hospital for 20 years. I am now at Hastings Manor, and Volunteering. Mr. Jerry Lewis did an awful lot for Muscular Dystrophy for years. We will never forget him. God Bless You, Mr. Jerry Lewis.
Thomas Van Dusen
September 20, 2017
i am a long time fan of Jerry Lewis,and had the priveldge to meet him,it was the highlight of my life to meet this great humanitarian.May he rest in peace with the almighty,for eternity.He helped alot of people.and launched the careers of modern day talents.God bless You Jerry God speed.MGM.!
Martin Matsil
September 20, 2017
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented and funny man. I remember as a little girl watching his movies. I will always remember him for his humor. May God comfort and sustain you through this time of sorrow.
September 20, 2017
Jr May peace be yours at this point in time. He knew how to make many laugh despite their circumstance -- simply put, he did the same. Psalms 62:11,12.
September 19, 2017
My condolences to his family. I have seen every movie he was in and followed the Muscular Dystrophy Telethons from the time I was young.

He will be missed.
Rena Barr
September 18, 2017
You were the best loved you many years RIP
kATHLEEN Bennett
September 17, 2017
your name is synonymous with the annual Labor Day telethon. So when labor day weekend rolls around, I will know each and every year that you WILL NO LONGER BE WITH US. I will miss the man, the entertainer, the one who made me LAUGH for many years. God bless you and your lovely family.
glenn vaughn
September 16, 2017
RIP your movies and telethon are priceless, thanks, Deb
deb elledge
September 16, 2017
Jerry Lewis was my idol when I was a child in the 60s, as far back as I can remember. I always said I wanted to write him a letter, but unfortunately I procrastinated too long. Mr. Lewis really brightened up my difficult life when I was a kid. When he made Hardly Working, I was a grown up but that scene with the doughnuts at the job interview still makes me laugh myself senseless. I offer my condolences to Jerry's family. He will be missed.
Cherie Manzano
September 16, 2017
A truly funny, great man that will be missed.
Norma and Danny Manzella
September 16, 2017
Jerry Lewis was so very funny. His brand of humor was timeless, he will be missed. May his family and friends find comfort in the difficult time ahead from the hope and promises found at John 6:40
September 16, 2017
I always loved Jerry's movies and TV appearances, but I will especially remember him for what he did for the MDA. His selfless devotion to that organization-- and all of 'Jerry's kids'-- taught us all the real meaning of serving humankind. For that, Jerry truly made an eternal difference on earth. RIP Mr. Lewis
Mike Hubberd
September 15, 2017
September 14, 2017
You made me laugh when times weren't so good!
RIP! You'll never be forgotten! Chet
Chet Houmann
September 14, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss.

May The God of all comfort continue to strengthen you.
September 14, 2017
What can I say about a Great Man, Jerry Lewis, he always said, "Always Keep Them LAUGHINg!" Well, Jerry always kept me laughing! Now, it's HEAVENS turn to feel His Caring, Warmth, Love & LAUGHTER! I will truly MISS HIM! I Love You, Jerry!
From One Of Your GREATEST FANS, Marie J Sura-Woodard
Marie J Sura-Woodard
September 13, 2017
miss you jerry.

god bless you....
mr augustine a. aliberti
September 13, 2017
He was so funny with Dean Martin. My name is Tammy Dean Sanders. I love the old movies the Tammy comes from Tammy and the Doctor. The old movies were better than the movies now without the graphics so you could enjoy the plot. Jerry was the last of the Mohegans I'm not kin to him but a fan
Tammy Sanders
September 13, 2017
To the family and friends of Mr. Jerry Lewis, may I say that the entire world has lost a dynamic entertainer. Jerry made people laugh, and cry at times, and even though he was acting for the audience, you could feel a sense of deep emotion he had for people and his profession. I met Mr. Lewis once in MA, and within seconds after giving out autographed photos, he drove off into the distance to get to his hotel. He drove the car, and I thought that was unusual, but as time went by, I'm sure he had plenty of drivers to take him anywhere. Jerry was a very talented man in front of the camera, as well as behind it, and he will always be in out hearts.
Michael Solomon
September 12, 2017
My Dear Mr. Lewis,
While as a child, I always appreciated your talent, it wasn't until I reached adulthood that I was able to fully appreciate the true scope of your genius. You were, in every sense of the word, and on many levels, a trailblazer. Your work helped me through some very dark times, and your philanthropy was an inspiration to all. The joy you've brought to myself and to millions over the years is incalculable.
You will forever hold a very special place in my heart my Dear Mr. Lewis. You will be profoundly missed, but never, ever forgotten.
Pete Simms
September 12, 2017
A one of a kind ! May God bless you and all that you did for MS
Carol Lewis
September 12, 2017
I felt so identical with Jerry going up as a child watching his movies. His witty charm has passed its way through my children as if he fathered them...even as adults they are soooo hilarious! I give my condolences to the family and close and dear friends. I love you Jerry Lewis! And I wish to see you in Heaven. I won't forget your words to me....that rung out to me...."The bank is open, you can take out what you want!" Thank you Jerry.


Karen Mingo Gardner
Karen Gardner
September 12, 2017
Still enjoying his movie's, watching geshia boy, 1958.. He always kept a smile on my face. Thanks.
Rick Thompson
September 11, 2017
To one of my favorites for years, REST IN PEACE, Shalom!
Daniel Malkin
September 10, 2017
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