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Jerry Lewis

Highest Rated:   100% The Ladies' Man (1961)
Lowest Rated:   10% Hardly Working (1981)
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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 pop

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dying Laughing
  • Actor
2017
35% Max Rose
  • Max Rose
2016
61% 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
53% 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 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis: Still Laughing
  • 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
56% Mr. Saturday Night
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Young Jerry Lewis
  • Actor
1990
18% Cookie
  • Arnold Ross
1989
No Score Yet Best of Nightline - Lucille Ball Dies
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Evening With Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jerry Lewis
  • Actor
1988
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
90% The King of Comedy
  • Jerry Langford
1983
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind
  • Wilbur Swain Caleb Swain
1982
10% Hardly Working
  • Screenwriter
1981
No Score Yet Pink Lady and Jeff
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet One More Time
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front?
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Brendan Byers III
1970
No Score Yet Hook, Line and Sinker
  • Peter J. Ingersoll / Fred Dobbs
  • Producer
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
80% The Patsy
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Stanley Belt
1964
40% Who's Minding the Store?
  • Raymond Philler
1963
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Mad Driver
1963
88% The Nutty Professor
  • Prof. Julius Ferris Kelp Buddy Love Professor Julius Kelp/Buddy Love/Baby Kelp
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Jerry Lewis - The Jerry Lewis Show
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet It's Only Money
  • Lester March
1962
44% The Errand Boy
  • Morty S. Tashman
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1961
100% The Ladies' Man
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Herbert H. Heebert/Mama Heebert
1961
No Score Yet Cinderfella
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Cinderfella
1960
70% The Bellboy
  • Stanley/Himself
  • Director
  • 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
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Clayton Poole
1958
No Score Yet The Delicate Delinquent
  • Producer
  • Sidney L. Pythias
1957
No Score Yet Pardners
  • Wade Kingsley Jr., Wade Kingsley Sr.
1956
No Score Yet Hollywood or Bust
  • Malcolm Smith
1956
71% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Sammy Davis Jr. & Jerry Lewis - An Evening
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Andrew
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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