Actor and comedian Jerry Lewis (91) died

Jerry Lewis, comedian, actor and director, is Sunday in his home in Las Vegas died. That made family members known to a local columnist.

Jerry Lewis poses during the Cannes Festival in 2013 © REUTERS

Jerry Lewis, described as ‘the man with the rubber face’, it achieved major commercial successes with films like The Nutty Professor.

Shortly after the second world war, went to Lewis, a duo form with charmezanger/actor Dean Martin. Their duo – the beautiful, unmoved Martin versus the ghastly, hyperventilerende, bekkentrekkende Lewis – was a success in nightclubs and then on the white cloth.

In 1956, the duo have a not very amicable split. Lewis started a solo career, where he often makes his own films directed. Succesproducties were, among others, The Ladies Man (1961) and The Nutty Professor (1963), in which a timid professor in the evening a dancing nachtclubzanger and seducer. It was, writes The New York Times, his favorite film, and for many, he played on his own, the split between Lewis and Dean Martin.

He was temporarily the bestbetaalde filmmaker in Hollywood.

Over time, declining the film career. He was onmodieus after films like M*A*S*H* social commentary began to give, and the work of Lewis suddenly dated and longer seem relevant.

2 billion dollars collected

He remained in the U.S. known mainly because of its annual televisiemarathon where money is collected for the benefit of victims of the disease muscular dystrophy.

Lewis, who had back pain suffered, it would benefit more than forty years and according to the magazine Variety collected he in that period, more than two billion dollars. It gave him even a nomination for the Nobel prize.

Lewis remained as a filmmaker successful in other markets, and starred with his popularity in France.

On the white cloth he still would occasionally sparkle, with dramatic roles in The King of Comedy, Arizona Dream. He would end up in more than sixty films. His print The Nutty Professor was in 1996 re-released in a new version with Eddie Murphy in the lead role.

The past few years, tried Lewis a musical of this succesfilm. But that attempt failed.

Lewis was on 16 march 1926 in New Jersey, born as Joseph Levitch. He came from a jewish family with Russian roots. He had six sons from his first marriage, and adopted a daughter during his second marriage.

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