Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis


3/16/1926, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Joseph Levitch


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Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) has an entertainment career spanning over 60 years from his early nightclub performances to acting, directing and starring in his own films. His trademark was a goofy, loose-limbed and often-simpleminded hero with a heart of gold. Born in Newark, New Jersey to…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • Jerry: There is no gap between comedy and tragedy.

    • Jerry: When I was a kid I said to my Father one afternoon, Will you take me to the zoo? He answered, If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.

    • Jerry: I've had great success being a total idiot.

    • Jerry: People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.

    • Jerry: Pity? You don't want to be pitied because you're a cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!

    • Jerry: When I sit back and think a little more rationally, I realize my life is half, so I must learn to do things halfway. I just have to learn to try to be good at being a half a person ... and get on with my life.

    • Jerry: Martin is the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life.

    • Jerry: For the work I've done, I've been accused of being so selfless, but I have to correct that: I'm probably the most selfish man you'll ever meet in life, because no one gets the satisfaction or joy that I get in seeing kids realize there is hope

    • Jerry: If a chick turned me down years ago, I said, There's another few outside, don't worry about it. I can't take no when I know children and victims are standing around waiting for someone to help them.

    • Jerry: Although, when you have a charity that's dealing with life and death today ... something that's really imminent, it's tough to tell other people what to do.

    • Jerry: That's a relationship we need to formalize, ... We would be absolutely foolish not to examine carefully the lessons learned, and there's an awful lot that we'll learn.

    • Jerry: I spent a half-million dollars just traveling, doing, trying [and] bringing doctors to me.

    • Jerry: When I was onstage doing the work, adrenaline killed the pain because I never hurt in front of an audience.

    • Jerry: We're leaving the House to people who either were born with a silver spoon in their mouth ... or couldn't get better jobs in the first place

    • Jerry: We're all getting diabetes from her cookies.

    • Jerry: It will take nothing less than a domestic Marshall Plan to rebuild our roads and utilities and homes and businesses

    • Jerry: The human needs in the Gulf region are all too apparent.

    • Jerry: The danger for children today, honey, is the news. Keep them away from news on television and you're going to have very, very fine, natural children.

    • Jerry: (In regards to his telethon) Of course, I'm not surprised. The American people have never let me down.

    • Jerry: We simply couldn't ignore the need to help. We already have the infrastructure in place.

    • Jerry: I'm overjoyed we were able to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and at the same time continue our 40-year tradition of helping my kids

    • Jerry: I had a box of Kleenex and I'm bawling like a child and I'm not believing it, ... If I had the slightest chance of helping them a little, how do you not? ... These people are in trouble now.

    • Jerry: (Jerry Lewis announced Thursday that his annual Labor Day Telethon benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association will also reach out and solicit funds for Katrina relief efforts) While the needs of 'my kids' are with us all year round, Hurricane Katrina is a national disaster on a scale that's difficult to comprehend, ... We simply couldn't ignore the need to help. We already have the infrastructure in place.

    • Jerry: A woman doing comedy doesn't offend me, but sets me back a bit, ... I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world.

    • Jerry: Every man's dream is to be able to sink into the arms of a woman without also falling into her hands.

    • Jerry: My door is always open to any member who wishes to build consensus on reducing unnecessary spending. My preference is to consider any proposal in a thoughtful, deliberate manner rather than reading about it in the newspaper.

    • Jerry: I get paid for what most kids get punished for.

    • Jerry: The Doc told me I had a dual personality. Then he lays an 82 dollar bill on me, so I give him 41 bucks and say, 'Get the other 41 bucks from the other guy.

  • Just finished Jerry's book: "Dean & Me". Couldn't put it down. Could hardly see through the tears the last couple of chapters. A wonderful story of a wonderful pair. Thanks, Jerry for writing it, and reminding us all of how great Dean was. RIP, Paulmoreless

    Jerry's book, "Dean & Me" brought back a wonderful time, the late 40's-early 50's. People today have no concept of how big Martin & Lewis were back then. We couldn't get enough of them. We anxiously awaited the latest movie to come out. There were huge posters on the sides of buildings downtown Chicago advertising the soon-to-be newest treasure. And then, how soon it was over. But, Jerry's book brings out the true love between the two totally different men. Without that, the act would have fizzled quickly. And, Jerry shows what he is made of when he emphasizes, over and over, Dean's (underappreciated) talent, especially in the comedy vein. They both had great careers after the break-up, but the two of them together was lightning in a bottle. Thanks, Jerry, for writing the book.

    RIP, Paul.moreless
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    best comidain in the world i saw all his moviz