Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

While he got his start working and performing on the Borscht Belt, it wasn't until Lewis met Dean Martin, the crooner du jour of the 1950s, that his star really rose. He starred in several films over the decades, including The Bellboy (1960), Cinderfella (1960), and The Nutty Professor (1963). Over the course of almost six decades, he managed to raise almost $2.5 billion to fund medical research for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The beloved American actor and filmmaker, Jerry Lewis died today, August 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. The cause of death is still unknown.

He first came to prominence in the 1940's as part of a duo along with singer Dean Martin.

Martin and Lewis enjoyed a smashing ten-year-run, making hit movies in between engagements at nightclubs, on television and radio.

In 1995, he became the highest-paid star in Broadway history as Mr Applegate in the musical Damn Yankees.

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Born Joseph Levitch in 1926 to a vaudeville entertainer father and piano player mother, Lewis' career in show business essentially began before he was even a teenager, with singing and doing comedy as a kid at resorts in the Catskills. Every Labor Day Weekend for 44-years, Jerry Lewis could be found hosting the live broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

He was reportedly surrounded by his family when he passed and is survived by his six children and second wife SanDee Pitnick.

The final video is a compilation featuring some more of Lewis' funniest moments. Lewis won eight "best director" awards in Europe, including three in France and one each in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

"I mean you got some very, very amusing people that do handsome work-but I have a problem with the lady up there that's going to give birth to a child-which is a miracle", he added.

Following his stage debut at the age of five, he went on to play to great acclaim to audiences on the so-called "Borscht Circuit", the collection of summer resorts in the Catskill Mountains that were popular with New York's Jewish families.

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