20 August, 2017
Comedian Jerry Lewis, known for his work in film as well as hosting an annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, has passed away at 91.
In 1995, he turned into the most generously compensated star in Broadway history as Mr Applegate in the melodic Damn Yankees. The show played Nashville in 2012.
Lewis was born on March 16, 1926 in New Jersey to a vaudeville entertainer father and a piano player mother.
Jerry was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts as the national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation, for which he spent more than five decades helping to raise money and bring awareness to the neuromuscular disease; the annual telethon raised almost $2.5 billion in his time as chairman.
Lewis, along with Dean Martin, had a unique relationship in entertainment. Lewis would continue to appear in motion pictures throughout the 1960s, most notably The Nutty Professor and Rock-a-Bye Your Baby. In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented.