Comedy Legend Jerry Lewis Dies at 91

Comedy legend and actor Jerry Lewis died Sunday at the age of 91, his agency told NBC News.

Lewis was perhaps best-known for his comedic partnership with Dean Martin in the 1940s and 1950s.

The pair formed began their partnership as a nightclub song and comedy act with a performance in Atlantic City in 1946.

Lewis also starred in Hollywood classics like "The Bellboy" and "The Nutty Professor."

His passion for performance was also showcased on behalf of charitable causes. Lewis was a well-known advocate for muscular dystrophy research — hosting his famous MDA telethon from 1966 until 2010.

Later in life, children’s issues also became a focus, which led to the advent of “Jerry’s House” — an organization that hoped to help ill, disabled, traumatized and disabled children through therapy and humor.

Read more at NBC News

 
 


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