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Jerry Lewis

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Born: March 16, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Joined parents in the summers on the Borscht Circuit, performing the occasional solo number to their act
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As a teen, developed his Record Act, miming and silently mouthing lyrics of songs played off-stage
1942:
Received first professional booking at the Loew's Pitman Theatre in Brooklyn, NY
1944:
Booked at the Glass Hat in NYC on the same bill as Dean Martin
1946:
First performed with Dean Martin at the 500 Club in Atlantic City
1948:
Made TV debut on the Ed Sullivan hosted CBS program "Toast of the Town" (later titled "The Ed Sullivan Show)
1948:
Signed a contract with Universal-International
1949:
First film with Martin, "My Friend Irma"
1949:
Co-formed York Productions with Dean Martin
1949:
Performed in the Martin and Lewis radio show
1950:
Formed Gar-Ron Productions (named after sons Gary and Ronald)
1950:
Martin and Lewis appeared as rotating hosts of "The Colgate Comedy Hour" (NBC)
1954:
Debuted as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Labor Day telethon
1955:
Began a long collaboration with writer-director Frank Tashlin with the film "Artists and Models"
1956:
Last film with Martin, "Hollywood or Bust"; also directed by Tashlin
1956:
Ended partnership with Dean Martin; later formed Jerry Lewis Productions
1957:
Produced first film without Martin, "The Delicate Delinquet"
1958:
First solo TV special, "The Jerry Lewis Show" (ABC)
1959:
Signed a long-term exclusive contract with Paramount
1960:
Directed and starred in "The Bellboy"; also co-wrote with Bill Richmond
1961:
Directed and starred in the comedy "The Ladies Man"
1963:
Produced and starred in the comedy hit "The Nutty Professor"; also directed and co-wrote with Bill Richmond
1964:
Last picture with Tashlin, "The Disorderly Orderly"
1965:
Discontinued asociation with Paramount
1966:
Appeared as master of ceremonies for first "Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon"; began ongoing association with MDA
1969:
Directed Sammy Davis and Peter Lawford in "One More Time"; only time Lewis directed without also acting in the film
1970:
Last released film for 11 years, "Which Way to the Front?"
1971:
Produced and starred in the never-released "The Day the Clown Cried"
1976:
Acted on stage in "Helzapoppin"; show closed before reaching Broadway
1976:
Reunited with Dean Martin on stage at a muscular dystrophy telethon; reunion arranged by Frank Sinatra
1981:
Returned to the screen with "Hardly Working"
1983:
Played a late-night TV host plagued by obsessive fans in Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy"
1988:
Guest starred on five episodes of the CBS series "Wise Guy"
1991:
Starred in "Arizona Dream" with Johnny Depp and Faye Dunnaway
1994:
Traveled to Blackpool, England to make "Funny Bones" for Hollywood Pictures
1995:
Made Broadway debut as Applegate in a revival of "Damn Yankees"
1997:
Reprised role of Applegate in the London production of "Damn Yankees"
2000:
Signed 20-year contract with the Orleans Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, marking his return to Vegas after a 12-year absence
2005:
Wrote a book about his partnership with Dean Martin titled <i>Dean & Me (A Love Story)</i>
2006:
Guest starred on an episode of "Law and Order: SUV" (NBC) as the homeless uncle of Detective Munch (Richard Belzer)
2009:
Announced to return to the big screen for the film "Max Rose"
2011:
Retired as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Labor Day telethon

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