The legendary comic Jerry Lewis died this morning at his home in Las Vegas.
His career spanned decades and includes movies, music, and his famous Labor Day telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Lewis is probaly best known as the bumbling foil to the singer Dean Martin's sexy cool in the comic duo Martin and Lewis. The pair worked together for 10 years on stage and screen and are still considered one of the most famous artistice duo's of all time. Their popularity at their pinnacle was compared to that of the Beatle's.
His movie The Nutty Professor (1963) is considered a classic, thought others site his comeback role in Martin Scorcese's The King of Comedy as his best work. Lewis' style of slapstick comedy was revered by many, including in France where he's considered a comic genius.
Lewis has been lauded for his humanitarianism—his annual fundraiser raised millions for MD. As well as hie tirless commitment to his craft. He staged his last play in Nashiville at the ripe young age of 86. “There’s something about the risk, the courage that it takes to face the risk,” he told The New York Times. “I’m not going to get greatness unless I have to go at it with fear and uncertainty.’’