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