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Jerry Lewis Biography

Updated On 04 Jul, 2019 Published On 08 Sep, 2017
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Facts of Jerry Lewis

Date of Birth :
Age : 98 years old
Family Name : Lewis
Birth Country : American Samoa
Birth Sign : Pisces
Height : 6 Feet

Relationship short Statistics of Jerry Lewis

What is Jerry Lewis marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Married
How many children does Jerry Lewis have ? (name): 7 Children
Is Jerry Lewis having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Jerry Lewis Gay ? No

Jerry Lewis was a popular comedian, actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter, and humanitarian. He is best known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage, and radio. He contributed a lot to the industry throughout his lifetime. He died of end-stage cardiac disease.

Early Life and Education of Jerry Lewis

Jerry was born on March 16, 1926. He was raised by his parents Daniel Levitch, master of ceremonies and vaudeville entertainer and Rachel Levitch, a piano player of a radio station in Newark, New Jersey. He is a drop out of Irvington High School.

Lewis developed an interest in performing at the age of five. He also performed alongside his parents in the Catskill Mountains, in New York. At 15, he learned to Record Act and mimed the lyrics to songs on a phonograph.

Jerry Lewis' Career

Jerry was a comedian, actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He began his career performing in a vaudeville family. He then joined the gig at the burlesque house in Buffalo and also worked as a theater usher and soda jerk.

In 1945, Lewis collaborated with Dean Martin and garnered a huge success in show business. They together founded their own radio comedy show, The Martin and Lewis Show in 1949. Later on, they signed the studio contract with Paramount producer, Hal Wallis. The same year the duo made debut in the film My Friend Irma.

Jerry Lewis

Likewise, they worked together in the films such as My Friend Irma Goes West in 1950, The Stooge in 1952, and Hollywood or Bust in 1956. They made their appearance in TV shows including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Colgate Comedy Hour. In 1956, the partners parted ways.

Afterward, Jerry went on to perform without Martin on the blockbuster like The Delicate Delinquent in 1957. The film got him critical acclamation. 

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He made his debut in direction with The Bellboy in 1960. He then directed and starred in an array of films such as The Ladies Man in 1961, The Nutty Professor in 1963 and Hardly Working in 1981. In 1982 he featured in Martin Scorsese film The King of Comedy. He also performed on Broadway production of Damn Yankees in 1995.

Apart from that, Lewis started teaching graduate film courses at the University of Southern California. He also did charity work helping the people who have muscular dystrophy. Also, he became the chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day for 45 long years. He hosted the live Labor Day weekend broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon as well.

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Jerry throughout his life won many awards such as Photoplay Awards, Golden Lion Honorary Award, Golden Kamera Honorary and so on. He has got two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jerry Lewis' Personal Life

Jerry married twice, Patti Palmer, his first wife with whom he exchanged vows on October 3, 1944. They together had six children namely: Gary Lewis, Joseph Lewis, Scott Lewis, Ronald LewisChristopher Joseph Lewis, and Anthony Lewis. His oldest son Gary Lewis is a member of the1960s pop group Gary Lewis & the Playboys. His youngest son Joseph died at the age of 45 committing suicide. 

The divorce between Jerry and his ex-wife Patti was finalized in September 1980.

Lewis married for the second time on February 13, 1983. SanDee Pitnick, a Las Vegas dancer, was his second wife. The duo adopted a daughter named Danielle Sara Lewis.


One of the legendary comedians died on August 20, 2017. Lewis lived at 91 years, and he never failed to express his insatiable appetite for life. He died of end-stage cardiac disease. Prior to that, Jerry suffered from severals illness such as pneumonia, meningitis, prostate cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, hypoglycemia, and urinary tract infection. 

Lewis took his last breath at his home in Las Vegas. Fans and friends expressed their condolences via social media.

Jerry Lewis' Net worth

Jerry earned a lucrative amount from his career as a talented actor and comedian. He had accumulated a jaw-dropping net worth of $40 million.

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Jerry Lewis Married

First Marriage with Patti Palmer

Patti Palmer is the ex-wife of Jerry Lewis. The duo tied the knot on October 3, 1944, whereas split up in 1980.

Second Marriage with SanDee Pitnick

Jerry Lewis married SanDee Pitnick on February 1983. His wife stayed with him until his last breath.

Jerry Lewis Children

SON : Gary Lewis

Mother: Patti Palmer

Gary Lewis is the oldest child of Jerry Lewis from his ex-wife Patti Palmer. He was born on July 31, 1946.

SON : Ronald Steven Lewis

Mother: Patti Palmer

Ronald Steven Lewis is the second child Jerry Lewis from his ex-wife Patti Palmer. He was born on December 1949. He is the adopted child of the couple.

SON : Scott Anthony Lewis

Mother: Patti Palmer

Scott Anthony Lewis was born on February 22, 1956. He is the third child of Jerry Lewis from his ex-wife Patti Palmer.

SON : Christopher Lewis

Mother: Patti Palmer

Christopher Lewis is the fourth son of Jerry Lewis from his ex-wife Patti Palmer. He was born on October 1957.

SON : Anthony Lewis

Mother: Patti Palmer

Anthony Lewis is the fifth child of Jerry Lewis from his ex-wife Patti Palmer. He was born on October 1959.

SON : Joseph Lewis

Mother: Patti Palmer

Joseph Lewis is the son of Jerry Lewis from his ex-wife Patti Palmer. He was born on January 1964. He died on October 24, 1992.

DAUGHTER : Danielle Sara Lewis

Mother: SanDee Pitnick

Danielle Sara Lewis is the adopted daughter of Jerry Lewis and Danielle Sara Lewis. She was born on March 24, 1992.

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