Jerry Lewis  

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"Jerry Lewis's character, more involuted than infantile, is such that everything resonates in his head and soul; but, conversely, his smallest sketched or inhibited gestures, and the inarticulate sounds he comes out with, in turn resonate, because they set off a movement of world which goes as far as catastrophe (the destruction of the set at the music professor's in The Patsy), or which travels from one world to another, in a pulverizing of colours, a metamorphosis of forms and a mutation of sounds (The Nutty Professor)." --Cinema II: The Time-Image, Gilles Deleuze

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Jerry Lewis (born Joseph or Jerome Levitch, depending on the source; March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter, and humanitarian. He was known for his slapstick humor. French film critics of the 1960s were infatuated with his work. The reason for this infatuation was explained in the book Why the French Love Jerry Lewis.



Martin and Lewis

Year Movie Role Notes
1949 My Friend Irma Seymour
1950 My Friend Irma Goes West Seymour
1950 At War with the Army PFC Alvin Korwin
1951 That's My Boy 'Junior' Jackson
1952 Sailor Beware Melvin Jones
1952 Jumping Jacks Hap Smith
1952 Road to Bali 'Woman' in Lala's Dream Cameo
1952 The Stooge Theodore Rogers Also uncredited writer
1953 Scared Stiff Myron Mertz
1953 The Caddy Harvey Miller, Jr.
1953 Money from Home Virgil Yokum
1954 Living It Up Homer Flagg
1954 3 Ring Circus Jerome F. Hotchkiss
1955 You're Never Too Young Wilbur Hoolick
1955 Artists and Models Eugene Fullstack
1956 Pardners Wade Kingsley Sr/Wade Kingsley Jr.
1956 Hollywood or Bust Malcolm Smith

Jerry Lewis films

Year Movie Role Notes
1957 The Delicate Delinquent Sidney L. Pythias
1957 The Sad Sack Private Meredith Bixby
1958 Rock-A-Bye Baby Clayton Poole
1958 The Geisha Boy Gilbert Wooley
1959 Don't Give Up the Ship John Paul Steckler I, IV, and VII
1959 Li'l Abner Itchy McRabbit Cameo
1960 Visit to a Small Planet Kreton
1960 The Bellboy Stanley / Himself Also director, writer and producer
1960 Cinderfella Cinderfella
1961 The Ladies Man Herbert H. Heebert / Mama Heebert Also director, writer and producer
1961 The Errand Boy Morty S. Tashman Also director and writer
1962 It's Only Money Lester Marsh
1963 The Nutty Professor Professor Julius Kelp / Buddy Love / Baby Kelp Also director, writer and producer
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Man Who Runs Over Hat Cameo
1963 Who's Minding the Store? Norman Phiffier
1964 The Patsy Stanley Belt / Singers of the Trio Also director and writer
1964 The Disorderly Orderly Jerome Littlefield
1965 The Family Jewels Willard Woodward / James Peyton / Everett Peyton / Julius Peyton / Capt. Eddie Peyton / Skylock Peyton / 'Bugs' Peyton Also director, writer and producer
1965 Boeing Boeing Robert Reed
1966 Three on a Couch Christopher Pride / Warren / Ringo Raintree / Rutherford / Heather Also director
1966 Way...Way Out Pete Mattermore
1967 The Big Mouth Gerald Clamson / Syd Valentine Also director and producer
1968 Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River George Lester
1969 Hook, Line & Sinker Peter Ingersoll / Fred Dobbs
1970 One More Time Offscreen voice of the bandleader Also director, writer and producer
1970 Which Way to the Front? Brendon Byers III Also director and producer
1972 The Day the Clown Cried Helmut Doork Also director and writer; unreleased
1980 Hardly Working Bo HooperAlso director and writer
1982 Slapstick of Another Kind Wilbur Swain / Caleb Swain
1982 The King of Comedy Jerry Langford
1983 Cracking Up Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks Also director and writer
1984 Retenez Moi...Ou Je Fais Un Malheur Jerry Logan
1984 Par où t'es rentré ? On t'a pas vu sortir Clovis Blaireau
1987 Fight For Life Dr. Bernard Abrams Television film
1989 Cookie Arnold Ross
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Guest Cameo
1993 Arizona Dream Leo Sweetie
1995 Funny Bones George Fawkes
2008 The Nutty Professor Professor Julius Kelp / Buddy Love (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2010 Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! Stationmaster (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2011 Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis Himself Documentary; also produced
2013 Até que a Sorte nos Separe 2 Bellboy
2016 The Trust Stone's Father
2016 Max Rose Max Rose

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