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Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies at 91

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Who else was saddened to see the news that comedian Jerry Lewis passed away over the weekend? We’ve lost so many incredible people from the entertainment world over the last few years, it’s sad to see another legend pass away. He lived a long and fulfilled life – our hearts are with his family and friends. Here are a few highlights of the news from around the web:

Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies at 91
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From Entertainment Tonight:

"[Lewis] died peacefully of natural causes at 91 and was surrounded by family and loved ones," the statement read.

Lewis rose to fame in the '50s as part of a double act with singer Dean Martin, starring in such classics as That's My Boy, The Stooge and The Caddy among others, though they ended their partnership in 1956 after a rocky relationship. Lewis then had a successful solo career, starring in films such as The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy."

From Variety:

"Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

For most of his career, Lewis was a complicated and sometimes polarizing figure. An undeniable comedic genius, he pursued a singular vision and commanded a rare amount of creative control over his work with Paramount Pictures and other studios. He legacy also includes more than $2.5 billion raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Labor Day telethon that he made an end-of-summer ritual for decades until he was relieved of the hosting job in 2011."

From CNN:

"Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, said his publicist, Candi Cazau. He was 91.

Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early '60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as "The Bellboy," "The Nutty Professor" and "The Patsy." Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist."

Jerry Lewis was a well-known comedian who truly left his mark on the entertainment industry over a long and storied career, he’ll be remembered and missed. Did you have a favorite Jerry Lewis movie?