Wednesday 24 January 2018

US comedian Jerry Lewis dies aged 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis poses with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Governors Award he received at the 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on September 11, 2005. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
Comedian Jerry Lewis poses with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Governors Award he received at the 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on September 11, 2005. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced comedian who starred in many hit movies, has died.

Lewis died on Sunday morning of natural causes, aged 91, in Las Vegas, with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau said.

Lewis first became a star in a duo with Dean Martin, entertaining audiences in nightclubs, on television and in the movies.

After their split in 1956, he starred in and directed a number of hit films such as The Nutty Professor.

Later generations knew him primarily as the conductor of weekend telethons to raise funds for victims of muscular dystrophy.

Lewis retired from making movies in 1995, but returned as star of the 2016 drama Max Rose.

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