Jerry Lewis Biography (1926-)

Original name, Joseph Levitch (some sources say Jerome Levitch); born March 16, 1926, in Newark, NJ; son of Danny (a master of ceremonies) and Rae (an entertainer) Levitch; married Patti Palmer (a singer), October 3, 1944 (divorced, October 1982); married SanDee Pitnick, February 13, 1983; children: (firstmarriage) Gary (a musician), Ronald (adopted), Scott, Christopher, Anthony, Joseph; (second marriage) Danielle Sara (adopted). Addresses: Agent: APA 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069; William Morris Agency,151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Office: Jerry Lewis Films Inc.,3160 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, comedian, producer, writer, director
Birth Details
March 16, 1926
Newark, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Seymour, My Friend Irma, Paramount, 1949
  • How to Smuggle a Hernia across the Border, 1949
  • Seymour, My Friend Irma Goes West, Paramount, 1950
  • Soldier Korwin, At War with the Army, Paramount, 1950
  • Junior Jackson, That's My Boy, Paramount, 1950
  • (Uncredited) Milkman, The Milkman, 1950
  • Himself, Screen Snapshots: Thirtieth Anniversary Special (short film), Columbia, 1950
  • Melvin Jones, Sailor Beware, Paramount, 1951
  • Ted Rogers, The Stooge, Paramount, 1952
  • Hap Smith, Jumpin' Jacks, Paramount, 1952
  • (Uncredited) Woman in Lala's dream, Road to Bali, 1952
  • Harvey Miller, The Caddy, Paramount, 1953
  • Myron Mertz, Scared Stiff, Paramount, 1953
  • Virgil Yokum, Money from Home, Paramount, 1953
  • Homer Flagg, Living It Up, Paramount, 1954
  • Jerry Hotchkiss, Three Ring Circus (also known as Jerrico, theWonder Clown), Paramount, 1954
  • Wilbur Hoolick, You're Never Too Young, Paramount, 1955
  • Eugene Fullstack, Artists and Models, Paramount, 1955
  • Wade Kingsley, Jr., Pardners, Paramount, 1956
  • Malcolm Smith, Hollywood or Bust, Paramount, 1956
  • Himself, Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (documentary short film), Columbia, 1956
  • Sydney Pythias, The Delicate Delinquent, Paramount, 1957
  • Meredith T. Bixley, The Sad Sack, Paramount, 1957
  • Clayton Poole, Rockabye Baby, Paramount, 1958
  • Gilbert Wooley, The Geisha Boy, Paramount, 1958
  • John Paul Steckley III, Don't Give Up the Ship, Paramount, 1959
  • (Uncredited) Itchy McRabbit, Li'l Abner, Paramount, 1959
  • Kreton, Visit to a Small Planet, Paramount, 1960
  • Title role, The Bellboy, Paramount, 1960
  • Fella, Cinderfella, Paramount, 1960
  • Herbert H. Heebert and Mrs. Heebert, The Ladies' Man, Paramount, 1961
  • Morty S. Tachman, The Errand Boy, Paramount, 1961
  • Lester March, It's Only Money, Paramount, 1962
  • Man who ran over Culpepper's hat, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World(also known as It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World), United Artists, 1963
  • Raymond Phiffier, Who's Minding the Store?, 1963
  • Julius F. Kelp, Buddy Love, and other characters, The Nutty Professor (also known as Dr. Jerkyll and Mr. Hyde), Paramount, 1963
  • Stanley Belt, The Patsy, Paramount, 1964
  • Jerome Littlefield, Disorderly Orderly, Paramount, 1964
  • Willard Woodward, Uncle James Peyton, Uncle Eddie Peyton, et al., TheFamily Jewels, Paramount, 1965
  • Robert Reed, Boeing, Boeing, Paramount, 1965
  • (Uncredited) Driver, Red Line 7000, Paramount, 1965
  • Christopher Prise, Warren, et al., Three on a Couch, Columbia, 1966
  • Peter Matamore, Way ... Way Out, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1966
  • Gerald Clamson and Sid Valentine, The Big Mouth, Columbia, 1967
  • George Lester, Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River, Columbia,1968
  • Silent Treatment, 1968
  • Peter Ingersoll/Fred Dobbs, Hook, Line and Sinker, Columbia, 1969
  • Brendan Byers III and Kesselring, Which Way to the Front? (also known as Ja,ja mein General! But Which Way to the Front?), Warner Bros.,1970
  • Helmut Doork, The Day the Clown Cried, 1972
  • Narrator, Rascal Dazzle, 1980
  • Unemployed circus clown, Hardly Working, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Wilbur Swain/Caleb Swain, Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (also knownas Slapstick), 1982
  • Jerry Langford, The King of Comedy, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Warren Nefron/Dr. Perks, Smorgasbord (also known as Cracking Up), 1983
  • (In archive footage) Terror in the Aisles, 1984
  • Himself, Jerry Lewis Live, 1984
  • Jerry Logan, Retenez-moi ... ou je fais un malheur! (also known asHold Me Back or I'll Have an Accident and To Catch a Cop), Gaumont, 1984
  • Clovis Blaireau, Par ou t'es rentre? On t'a pas vu sortir (also known as How Did You Get In? We Didn't See You Leave), Gaumont, 1984
  • Classic Comedy Teams (documentary), GoodTimes Home Video, 1986
  • Arnold Ross, Cookie, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Guest, Mr. Saturday Night, Columbia, 1992
  • Leo Sweetie, Arizona Dreams (also known as The Arrowtooth Waltz), Warner Bros., 1993
  • (Uncredited) Actor in The Delicate Delinquent clip, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (documentary), Orion Classics, 1994
  • George Fawkes, Funny Bones, Buena Vista, 1995
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself, Off the Menu: The Last Daysof Chasen's (documentary), 1997
  • Miss Cast Away, Showcase Entertainment, 2004
  • Film Work
  • Director, How to a Smuggle a Hernia across the Border, 1949
  • Stager of special material in song numbers, Money from Home, 1954
  • Producer, The Delicate Delinquent, Paramount, 1957
  • Producer, Rock-a-Bye Baby, 1958
  • Producer, The Geisha Boy, 1958
  • Producer and director, The Bellboy, Paramount, 1960
  • Producer, Cinderfella, 1960
  • Producer and director, The Ladies' Man, Paramount, 1961
  • Director, The Errand Boy, Paramount, 1961
  • Director, The Nutty Professor (also known as Dr. Jerkyll and Mr. Hyde), Paramount, 1963
  • Director, The Patsy, Paramount, 1964
  • Executive producer, The Disorderly Orderly, 1964
  • Producer and director, The Family Jewels, Paramount, 1965
  • Producer and director, Three on a Couch, Paramount, 1966
  • Producer and director, The Big Mouth, Columbia, 1967
  • Producer, Hook, Line & Sinker, 1969
  • Director, One More Time, United Artists, 1970
  • Producer and director, Which Way to the Front? (also known as Ja, Ja, mein General! But Which Way to the Front?), Warner Bros., 1970
  • Director, The Day the Clown Cried, 1972
  • Director, Hardly Working, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Director, Smorgasbord (also known as Cracking Up), Warner Bros., 1983
  • Executive producer, The Nutty Professor, Universal, 1996
  • Executive producer, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (also known asThe Klumps), Universal, 2000
  • Also directed comedy shorts: Fairfax Avenue; A Spot in the Shade; Watch on the Lime; Come Back Little Shicksa; Son of Lifeboat; The Re-Inforcer; Son of Spellbound; Melvin's Revenge; I Should Have Stood in Bedlam; The Whistler.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Guest cohost, The Colgate Comedy Hour (also known as Colgate Variety Hour and Michael Todd Revue), NBC, 1950-55
  • Host, The Jerry Lewis Show, ABC, 1963
  • Host, The Jerry Lewis Show, ABC, 1967
  • Eli Steinberg, Wiseguy, CBS, 1988-89
  • Movies
  • Bernie Abrams, Fight for Life, ABC, 1987
  • Specials
  • Host, The 28th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1956
  • Host, The 29th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1957
  • Cohost, The 31st Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1959
  • Master of ceremonies, annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon(also known as MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon), 1966-
  • Himself, The Klowns, ABC, 1970
  • Himself, Grand ecran: Jerry Lewis (documentary), 1974
  • Himself, NBC: The First Fifty Years--A Closer Look (documentary; also known as The First 50 Years), NBC, 1976
  • Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars #3, CBS, 1979
  • (In archive footage) Himself, The Great Standups, 1984
  • (In archive footage) Himself, TV's Funniest Gameshow Moments, 1984
  • Rickles on the Loose, Showtime, 1986
  • Comic Relief, HBO, 1986
  • Las Vegas: An All Star 75th Anniversary, ABC, 1987
  • Himself, An Evening with Sammy Davis, Jr. & Jerry Lewis, HBO,1988
  • Host, America Picks the All-Time Favorite Movies, ABC, 1988
  • The 16th Annual Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1989
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration, ABC, 1990
  • Larry King TNT Extra, TNT, 1991
  • Himself, Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to "It's a Mad MadMad Mad World" (documentary), 1991
  • Himself, Martin & Lewis: Their Golden Age of Comedy (documentary), 1992
  • Kings of Comedy (documentary), The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Jerry Alone at the Top (documentary), The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Birth of the Team (documentary), The Disney Channel, 1992
  • November 22, 1993: Where Were You? A Larry King Live Special Live fromWashington, TNT, 1993
  • Jerry Lewis, Total Filmmaker (documentary), The Disney Channel, 1994
  • Dean & Jerry at the Movies (documentary), The Disney Channel,1994
  • Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1995
  • Jerry Lewis: The Last American Clown (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Comic Relief's 10th Anniversary, HBO, 1996
  • Himself, Secret Daughter (documentary), 1996
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Sports on the Silver Screen (documentary), HBO, 1997
  • Himself, Dean Martin: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • The 12th Annual American Comedy Awards, Fox, 1998
  • Himself, The Rat Pack (documentary), 1999
  • Ed McMahon: America's Sidekick (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Tony Curtis: Tony of the Movies (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Himself, Shot Heard 'Round the World (documentary), HBO, 2001
  • Shot Heard 'Round the World (documentary), HBO, 2001
  • Himself, Jerry Lewis: The E! True Hollywood Story (documentary), E! Entertainment Television, 2003
  • Himself, A&E Biography: Janet Leigh (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2003
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Cher: The Farewell Tour, NBC, 2003
  • Himself, Hollywood Legenden (documentary), 2004
  • Episodic
  • Himself, Toast of the Town, CBS, 1948
  • Welcome Aboard, NBC, 1948
  • Mystery guest, What's My Line?, CBS, 1954, 1960, 1962, 1966
  • Himself, "The Road to Nairobi," The Jack Benny Program, CBS, 1954
  • Himself, "Milton Berle," This Is Your Life, NBC, 1956
  • Himself, "Ernest Borgnine," This Is Your Life, NBC, 1956
  • Guest panelist, What's My Line?, CBS, 1956, 1961
  • Joey Rainowitz/Joey Robbins, "The Jazz Singer," Startime (also known as Ford Startime), NBC, 1959
  • Himself, The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966
  • Dr. Dennis Green, "A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow," Ben Casey, ABC, 1965
  • The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1965
  • Guest host, Hullabaloo!, NBC, 1965
  • (Uncredited) Himself, "The Bookworm Turns," Batman, ABC, 1966
  • Himself, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, NBC, 1968
  • Himself, Playboy after Dark, 1968
  • Guest host, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975
  • Magician's assistant, "The Magic Act," The Red Skelton Show, 1970
  • Celebrity guest, I've Got a Secret, CBS, 1971
  • Himself, The Carol Burnett Show, 1971
  • Kraft Music Hall, 1971
  • Himself, V.I.P.--Schaukel, 1972
  • Himself, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, CBS, 1972, 1973
  • Himself, "David Hartman," This Is Your Life, syndicated, 1972
  • Himself, Klimbim, 1973, 1974
  • Himself, "Jerry Lewis," Grand ecran, 1974
  • Himself, Cher, CBS, 1975
  • Himself, The Sonny and Cher Show, CBS, 1976
  • Himself, Pink Lady, NBC, 1980
  • Guest, Late Night with David Letterman, 1982
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1983
  • Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1984
  • Himself, "The Bear," Good Grief, Fox, 1991
  • Freddy Statler, "The Billionaire," Mad about You, NBC, 1993
  • Himself, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1993, 1995
  • Crime Master, "Mayor Mask," The Mask, 1995
  • Crime Master, "Enquiring Masks Want to Know," The Mask, 1996
  • Himself, The Panel, Ten Network, 1999
  • Himself, The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 2000
  • Himself, Russell Gilbert Live, 2000
  • Voice of Professor John Frank Senior, "Treehouse of Horror XIV," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2003
  • Himself, The View, ABC, 2003, 2004
  • Himself, Richard and Judy, Channel 4, 2004
  • Himself, Breakfast, BBC, 2004
  • Himself, Tout le monde en parle, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Good Morning Australia, Network Ten,2004
  • Also appeared in Startime, DuMont; "Jerry Lewis," Celebrity Golf; Inside the Actor's Studio, Bravo; Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind, Comedy Central; Reflections on the Silver Screen with Professor Richard Brown, AMC.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Character, prop designer, executive producer, creator, executive consultant, and story editor, Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?, ABC,1970
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Specials
  • Birth of the Team (documentary), The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Jerry Alone at the Top (documentary), The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Kings of Comedy (documentary), The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow," Ben Casey, 1965
  • "In Dreams They Run," The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (also known as The New Doctors), NBC, 1970
  • Also directed episodes of Good Grief, Fox; Super Force, syndicated.
  • Radio Appearances
  • The Martin and Lewis Show, NBC, 1949-53
  • Stage Appearances
  • Jerry Lewis at the Palace, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1953
  • Applegate (the devil), Damn Yankees, Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1994-95, then London, 1997
  • Major Tours
  • Applegate (the devil), Damn Yankees, U.S. cities, 1995
  • RECORDINGS
  • Singles
  • "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," 1956
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • The Bellboy, Paramount, 1960
  • (With Bill Richmond) The Ladies' Man, Paramount, 1961
  • (With Richmond) The Errand Boy, Paramount, 1961
  • (With Richmond) The Nutty Professor (also known as Dr. Jerkylland Mr. Hyde), Paramount, 1963
  • (With Richmond) The Patsy, Paramount, 1964
  • (With Richmond) The Family Jewels, Paramount, 1965
  • (With Richmond) The Big Mouth, Columbia, 1967
  • The Day the Clown Cried, 1972
  • (Michael Janover) Hardly Working, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • (With Richmond) Cracking Up (also known as Smorgasbord), 1983
  • Film Scores
  • The Errand Boy, 1981
  • Television Episodes
  • The Jerry Lewis Show, ABC, 1963, 1967
  • Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?, ABC, 1970
  • Books
  • The Total Film-Maker, Random House, 1971
  • (With Herb Gluck) Jerry Lewis in Person (autobiography), Atheneum,1982

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 2000
    • The Jerry Lewis Films, MacFarland, 1996
    • Levy, Shawn, King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis, St.Martin's Press, 1996
    • Neibaur, James, and Ted Okuda, The Jerry Lewis Films: An Analytical Filmography of the Innovative Comic, McFarland & Company, 1994
    Electronic
    • Jerry Lewis Official Site, http://www.jerrylewiscomedy.com/, October 4, 2004

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