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 The American actor never was much loved in his country where he seemed terribly out of date and where he delivered several inappropriate statements about women and homosexuals.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.