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Jerry Lewis (1926)

Born in an entertainment family, Jerry Lewis quit school early to create his own comedy act and play in nightclubs. In 1945, he met Dean Martin and both paired to become one of post-war's most popular comical duo with a clumsy and childish Jerry Lewis contrasting with a straight paternal Dean Martin. Until 1956 when their partnership came to an end, they appeared together in several films including My Friend Irma. When Jerry Lewis launched his solo career with the film, The Bellboy, in 1960 he met with an incredible success and proved to be a remarkable director too, introducing the now standard technique of the video assist. Followed numerous memorable features such as The Ladies Man, in 1961 and The Nutty Professor, in 1963. From the 1970s, his cinematic career declining despite a praised appearance in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, in 1983, Jerry Lewis did remain under the spotlights thanks to his deep investment in the organization of televised telethons for the MDA. The American actor never was much loved in his country where he seemed terribly out of date and where he delivered several inappropriate statements about women and homosexuals. However, 'le Roi du Crazy' seduced French critics and audiences who praised the creator of humorous choreographies with his rubber-like body.

Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Portrait of Jerry Lewis for The Sad Sack directed by George Marshall, 1957
Portrait of Jerry Lewis for The Sad Sack directed by George Marshall, 1957
Jerry Lewis in The Ladies Man directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Jerry Lewis in The Ladies Man directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Jerry Lewis and Robert Hirano in The Geisha Boy directed by Frank Tashlin, 1958
Jerry Lewis and Robert Hirano in The Geisha Boy directed by Frank Tashlin, 1958
Jerry Lewis and Anne Francis in Hook, Line & Sinker directed by George Marshall, 1969
Jerry Lewis and Anne Francis in Hook, Line & Sinker directed by George Marshall, 1969
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Jerry Lewis in The family jewels directed by Jerry Lewis, 1965
Jerry Lewis in The family jewels directed by Jerry Lewis, 1965
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Jerry Lewis on the set of The day the clown cried directed by Jerry Lewis, 1972
Jerry Lewis in The Sad Sack directed by George Marshall, 1957
Jerry Lewis in The Sad Sack directed by George Marshall, 1957
Jerry Lewis in Visit to a small planet directed by Norman Taurog, 1960
Jerry Lewis in Visit to a small planet directed by Norman Taurog, 1960
Jerry Lewis in The Patsy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1964
Jerry Lewis in The Patsy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1964
Jerry Lewis in The Big Mouth directed by Jerry Lewis, 1967
Jerry Lewis in The Big Mouth directed by Jerry Lewis, 1967
Jerry Lewis in Who's Minding Store? directed by Frank Tashlin, 1963
Jerry Lewis in Who's Minding Store? directed by Frank Tashlin, 1963
Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella directed by Frank Tashlin, 1960
Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella directed by Frank Tashlin, 1960
Jerry Lewis in At War With the Army directed by Hai Walker, 1950
Jerry Lewis in At War With the Army directed by Hai Walker, 1950
Jerry Lewis in The Errand Boy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Jerry Lewis in The Errand Boy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Money From Home directed by George Marshal, 1953
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Money From Home directed by George Marshal, 1953
Director Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis on the set of Rock-a-Bye Baby, 1958
Director Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis on the set of Rock-a-Bye Baby, 1958
Portrait of Jerry Lewis for Sailor Beware directed by Hal Walker 1952
Portrait of Jerry Lewis for Sailor Beware directed by Hal Walker 1952
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Scared Stiff directed by George Marshal, 1953
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Scared Stiff directed by George Marshal, 1953
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, 1956
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, 1956
Jerry Lewis and Stella Stevens in The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, 1963
Jerry Lewis and Stella Stevens in The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, 1963
Jerry Lewis and Vic Damone, 1960s
Jerry Lewis and Vic Damone, 1960s
Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis on the set of Arizona Dream directed by  Emir Kusturica, 1992
Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis on the set of Arizona Dream directed by Emir Kusturica, 1992
Caro Burnett and Jerry Lewis in Who's Minding Store? directed by Frank Tashlin, 1963
Caro Burnett and Jerry Lewis in Who's Minding Store? directed by Frank Tashlin, 1963
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Living it up directed by Norman Taurog, 1954
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Living it up directed by Norman Taurog, 1954
Jerry Lewis and Stella Stevens in The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, 1963
Jerry Lewis and Stella Stevens in The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, 1963
Jerry Lewis in The Errand Boy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Jerry Lewis in The Errand Boy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Jerry Lewis by Allan Grant, 1951
Jerry Lewis by Allan Grant, 1951
Jerry Lewis in The family jewels directed by Jerry Lewis, 1965
Jerry Lewis in The family jewels directed by Jerry Lewis, 1965
Portrait of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis for Three ring circus directed by Joseph Pevney, 1954
Portrait of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis for Three ring circus directed by Joseph Pevney, 1954
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis by Sanford Sacks, 1940s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis by Sanford Sacks, 1940s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis by Sanford Sacks, 1940s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis by Sanford Sacks, 1940s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis by Sanford Sacks, 1940s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis by Sanford Sacks, 1940s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis, 1960s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis, 1960s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis, 1960s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis, 1960s
Portrait of Jerry Lewis, 1957
Portrait of Jerry Lewis, 1957
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Errand Boy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Errand Boy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1961
Jerry Lewis on the set of Cracking Up directed by Jerry Lewis, 1983
Jerry Lewis on the set of Cracking Up directed by Jerry Lewis, 1983
Jerry Lewis in Ladies man directed by Jerry Lewis, 1981
Jerry Lewis in Ladies man directed by Jerry Lewis, 1981
Pat Crowley and Jerry Lewis in Hollywood or Bust directed by Frank Tashlin, 1956
Pat Crowley and Jerry Lewis in Hollywood or Bust directed by Frank Tashlin, 1956
Jerry Lewis on the set of Pardners directed by Norman Taurog, 1956
Jerry Lewis on the set of Pardners directed by Norman Taurog, 1956
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in At War With the Army directed by Hai Walker, 1950
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in At War With the Army directed by Hai Walker, 1950
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Patsy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1964
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Patsy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1964
Jerry Lewis  with director Martin Scorsese on the set of King of Comedy, 1983
Jerry Lewis with director Martin Scorsese on the set of King of Comedy, 1983
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Bob Hope, 1956
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Bob Hope, 1956
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Jerry Lewis in Sailor Beware directed by Hal Walker 1952
Jerry Lewis in Sailor Beware directed by Hal Walker 1952
Polly Bergen and Jerry Lewis in The stoogei directed by Norman Taurog, 1952
Polly Bergen and Jerry Lewis in The stoogei directed by Norman Taurog, 1952
Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1960
Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1960
Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1960
Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy directed by Jerry Lewis, 1960
Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin by Jerry Lewis, 1949
Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin by Jerry Lewis, 1949
Jerry Lewis for The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, 1963
Jerry Lewis for The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis, 1963
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Bellboy with the first assistant video, 1960
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Bellboy with the first assistant video, 1960
Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Jerry Lewis for The Big Mouth directed by Jerry Lewis, 1967
Jerry Lewis for The Big Mouth directed by Jerry Lewis, 1967
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958/1960
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958/1960
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958/1960
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958/1960
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958/1960
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1958/1960
Jerry Lewis in
Jerry Lewis in "The Jerry Lewis Show", 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis in
Jerry Lewis in "The Jerry Lewis Show", 1967/1968
John Casavetes and Jerry Lewis on the set of The Big Mouth directed by Jerry Lewis, 1967
John Casavetes and Jerry Lewis on the set of The Big Mouth directed by Jerry Lewis, 1967
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950's
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950's
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis on the set of The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Zsa-Zsa Gabor, Willian Hodel and Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Zsa-Zsa Gabor, Willian Hodel and Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis in Who's Minding Store? directed by Frank Tashlin, 1963
Jerry Lewis in Who's Minding Store? directed by Frank Tashlin, 1963
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Jerry Lewis in The Jerry Lewis Show, 1967/1968
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1940s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1940s
Jerry Lewis with Carmen Miranda on the set of Scared Stiff directed by George Marshal, 1953
Jerry Lewis with Carmen Miranda on the set of Scared Stiff directed by George Marshal, 1953
Jerry Lewis in Scared Stiff directed by George Marshal, 1953
Jerry Lewis in Scared Stiff directed by George Marshal, 1953
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950s
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