Jerry Lewis

Highest Rated: 100% The Ladies' Man (1961)
Lowest Rated: 10% Hardly Working (1981)
Birthday: Mar 16, 1926
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Perhaps no popular film artist in history inspired quite so many conflicting opinions and emotions as actor/comedian Jerry Lewis. Often reviled in his native United States but worshipped as a genius throughout much of Europe and especially France, Lewis took slapstick comedy to new realms of absurdity and outrageousness, his anarchic vision dividing audiences who found him infantile and witless from those who applauded the ambitions of his sight gags, his subversions of standard comedic patterns, and his films' acute criticisms of American values. Regardless of opinion, he was not only one of the biggest stars of the postwar era but also one of the most powerful, and as the writer, director, and producer of many of his features, he qualified as a comic auteur firmly in the tradition of Chaplin and Keaton.Born Joseph Levitch in Newark, NJ, on March 16, 1926, he was the son of borscht-belt comics, spending the majority of his childhood living with relatives but joining his parents each summer as they performed in the Catskills. From the age of five on, Lewis occasionally performed in his parents' act, and later quit high school in order to travel with his own comedy routine, which consisted primarily of mocking famous entertainers while their records were played off-stage. His early years as a performer were lean, and he often resorted to work as a soda jerk, a theater usher, an office clerk, or any one of a number of short-lived jobs. During the summers, he too made the rounds of the Catskills' borscht circuit, but otherwise enjoyed little success.In 1946, Lewis met another struggling performer, a handsome singer named Dean Martin. Later that year, while playing Atlantic City's 500 Club, another act abruptly quit the show, and Lewis suggested Martin to fill the void. Initially the two performed separately, but one night they threw out their routines and teamed on-stage, a Mutt-and-Jeff combo whose wildly improvisational comedy quickly made them a star attraction along the Boardwalk. Within months, Martin and Lewis' salaries rocketed from 350 to 5,000 dollars a week, and by the end of the 1940s, they were the most popular comedy duo in the nation. In 1949, they made their film debut in George Marshall's My Friend Irma, and their supporting work proved so popular with audiences that their roles were significantly expanded for the sequel, the following year's My Friend Irma Goes West. With 1951's At War With the Army, Martin and Lewis earned their first star billing. The picture established the basic formula of all of their subsequent movie work, with Martin the suave straight man forced to suffer the bizarre antics of the manic fool Lewis. Critics often loathed the duo, but audiences couldn't get enough. In all, they made 13 comedies for Paramount, among them 1952's Jumping Jacks, 1953's Scared Stiff, and 1955's Artists and Models, a superior effort directed by Frank Tashlin. For 1956's Hollywood or Bust, Tashlin was again in the director's seat, but the movie was the team's last; after Martin and Lewis' relationship soured to the point where they were no longer even speaking to one another, they announced their breakup following the conclusion of their July 25, 1956, performance at the Copacabana, which celebrated to the day the tenth anniversary of their first show.Working again as a solo performer, Lewis also served as producer on his first post-Martin star vehicle, 1957's The Delicate Delinquent. Reviews were good, and later that same year he starred in The Sad Sack. With 1958's Rock-a-Bye Baby, he teamed again with Tashlin, the first of six Lewis comedies the director helmed; they next united for The Geisha Boy. Under Norman Taurog, Lewis returned in 1959 with Don't Give up the Ship. At the time of its release, he signed an exclusive contract with Paramount for ten million dollars and 60 percent of his box-office profits, the biggest payday of its kind in Hollywood history; at its peak, his popularity was so great that he ev

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
88% Dying Laughing Actor 2017
37% Max Rose Max Rose 2016
62% The Trust Jim's Father 2016
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown Actor 2016
89% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali Actor 2013
55% When Comedy Went to School Actor 2013
No Score Yet Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Nutty Professor Julius Kelp Producer 2008
No Score Yet The Great Crooners Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry Actor 2007
No Score Yet Miss Castaway and the Island Girls Plane Passenger 2004
No Score Yet The Rat Pack Actor 2001
26% Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet Visit To A Small Planet Actor 1999
64% The Nutty Professor Executive Producer 1996
61% Funny Bones George Fawkes 1995
87% Arizona Dream Leo 1993
58% Mr. Saturday Night Himself 1992
No Score Yet Young Jerry Lewis Actor 1990
18% Cookie Arnold Ross 1989
No Score Yet Fight for Life Dr. Bernard Abrams 1987
No Score Yet Trading Hearts Actor 1987
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis Live Actor 1984
No Score Yet Par où t'es rentré? On t'a pas vu sortir (How Did You Get In? We Didn't See You Leave) Actor 1984
No Score Yet Cracking Up Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks / Gangster / Speed Armeter Screenwriter Director 1983
91% The King of Comedy Jerry Langford 1983
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind Wilbur Swain Caleb Swain 1982
10% Hardly Working Director 1981
No Score Yet One More Time Director 1971
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front? Producer Brendan Byers III Director 1970
No Score Yet Hook, Line and Sinker Producer Peter J. Ingersoll / Fred Dobbs 1969
No Score Yet Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River George Lester 1968
40% The Big Mouth Producer Director Screenwriter Gerald Clamson / Syd Valentine 1967
No Score Yet Way...Way Out Pete Mattemore 1966
No Score Yet Three on a Couch Producer Director Christopher Pride/Warren/Ringo/Rutherford/Heather 1966
No Score Yet Boeing (707) Boeing (707) Robert Reed 1965
80% The Family Jewels Screenwriter Director Producer Willard Woodward/James Peyton/Everett Peyton 1965
60% The Disorderly Orderly Jerome Littlefield Producer Executive Producer 1964
73% The Patsy Director Screenwriter Stanley Belt 1964
40% Who's Minding the Store? Raymond Philler 1963
73% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Mad Driver 1963
85% The Nutty Professor Prof. Julius Ferris Kelp Buddy Love Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love/Baby Kelp Screenwriter Producer Director 1963
No Score Yet It's Only Money Lester March 1962
50% The Errand Boy Morty S. Tashman Screenwriter Director 1961
100% The Ladies' Man Producer Screenwriter Herbert H. Heebert/Mama Heebert Herbert H. Heebert 1961
No Score Yet Cinderfella Producer Director Cinderfella 1960
70% The Bellboy Director Stanley/Himself Producer Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Don't Give Up the Ship John Paul Steckler 1959
No Score Yet The Geisha Boy Producer Gilbert Wooley 1958
63% Rock-a-Bye Baby Clayton Poole 1958
No Score Yet The Delicate Delinquent Sidney L. Pythias Producer 1957
No Score Yet Pardners Wade Kingsley Jr., Wade Kingsley Sr. 1956
No Score Yet Hollywood or Bust Malcolm Smith 1956
78% Artists and Models Eugene Fullstack 1955
No Score Yet You're Never Too Young Wilbur Hoolick 1955
No Score Yet Living It Up Homer Flagg 1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown) Jerry Hotchkiss 1954
No Score Yet Money from Home Virgil Yokum 1953
80% The Caddy Harvey Miller, Jr. 1953
No Score Yet The Stooge Theodore 'Ted' Rogers 1953
83% Scared Stiff Myron Myron Metz 1953
No Score Yet Jumping Jacks Hap Smith 1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware Melvin Jones 1952
60% Road to Bali Himself 1952
No Score Yet That's My Boy 'Junior' Jackson 1951
No Score Yet At War With the Army Pfc. Alvin Korwin 1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Goes West Seymour 1950
No Score Yet Martin & Lewis: At War with the Army Actor 1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Seymour 1949

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012-2018
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Andrew
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • 1993
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Eli Sternberg
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Brothers
1984-1989
Director
  • 1985
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1983
No Score Yet Tales From the Darkside
1983-1988
Director

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