RIP: King of Comedy Jerry Lewis Dies at 91 Years Old

RIP: King of Comedy Jerry Lewis Dies at 91 Years Old

The comedian and film-maker died on Sunday morning of natural causes, in Las Vegas, with his family by his side.

Even when Lewis' national prominence waned in the last few decades, he continued to work regularly. Their meteoric rise hinged on their chemistry as performers - 'sex and slapstick, ' Lewis would call it: Martin's unstoppable cool, Lewis's uncontainable comedy.

The entertainer's publicist confirmed the news.

Comedian Jerry Lewis died at age 91, Death cause of natural

Best known for his slapstick routines and double act with Dean Martin, with the pair teaming up on a number of movies from 1946 onwards, the actor was also a renowned philanthropist, raising nearly $2.5 million from muscular dystrophy telethons he hosted, Variety reported.

Lewis started his 10-year partnership with Dean Martin in 1946 and they made 16 movies together, in addition to scores of nightclub and television appearances.

Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013, where he screened the film privately for the first time in more than 20 years, Lewis told reporters: "No one will ever see it, because I'm embarrassed".

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The duo broke up in 1956 when Lewis made a decision to go solo, writing, directing and starring in future classics like The Ladies Man and The Nutty Professor. Lewis leaves behind wife SanDee Pitnick and his seven children.

"It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis!". Jerry appeared in two movies past year, "Max Rose" and "The Trust".

Later on, he starred in the 1982 Martin Scorsese film The King of Comedy and acted on Broadway as the star of the 1995 production of Damn Yankees. Popular throughout Europe, especially in France, Lewis won Best Director awards eight times in Europe, including three in France and one each in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

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Lewis's career began in his parents' vaudeville act at the age of five.

Lewis' solo film career was equally as notable.

'Jerry is a legendary comedian who has not only brought laughter to millions around the world but has also helped thousands upon thousands by raising funds and awareness for those suffering from muscular dystrophy, ' then-Academy president Sid Ganis said.

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