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Jerry Lewis Returns to the Cosmos

On August 20, 2017, Jerry Lewis took a pratfall off this mortal coil, presumably knocking an unwitting dowager on her keister and sending a surprised cop into an open manhole on his way out. The durable enfant terrible was all of 91 years when he finally left the building though he had been making spirited public appearances as recently as January of this year.

For the inquisitive Jerry fan, Shawn Levy’s 1997 King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis, remains the first and last stop for the straight scoop on America’s premiere nudnik. Levy, who endured the full fury of the comedian’s legendary wrath to get his story, is as admiring of his subject’s accomplishments as he was repelled by his whiplash mood swings. The hard knock apprenticeship in the Catskills, the Freudian-fueled soap opera of his partnership with Dean Martin, the boastful sex-capades, they’re all there and then some.
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Jerry Lewis, Actor and Filmmaker, Passes Away at 91

Jerry Lewis, a comedian, actor and filmmaker whose career stretched from the 1940s into the current decade, has died, according to multiple news reports. He was 91. His father was a vaudeville entertainer and his mother was a piano player for a radio station, so perhaps it was natural for Lewis to start performing at an early age. He teamed up with singer Dean Martin in 1946 and they became a hit on the nightclub circuit, leading to a radio show, television appearances and movies. They starred in At War With the Army (1950) and then starred in 14 more movies during the next six years before the team's partnership ended. Lewis launched his solo career, showcasing his talents as a singer. He also began starring in his own movies, starting with The Delicate Delinquent. He...

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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
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.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

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.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91
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.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

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. His 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.

But Lewis’ brand of humor did not always wear well as times and attitudes changed. Over
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Mary Webster, Actress in 'Master of the World,' Dies at 81

Mary Webster, who starred opposite Jerry Lewis in the comedy The Delicate Delinquent and with Vincent Price in the sci-fi film Master of the World, has died. She was 81.

Webster died Monday in Dallas, her Master of the World co-star David Frankham stated on Facebook.

In her first big-screen appearance, Webster portrayed Lewis' love interest Patricia in The Delicate Delinquent (1957), notable as the comic actor's first film following his breakup with showbiz partner Dean Martin.

And in American International Pictures' Master of the World (1961), adapted by Richard Matheson from two Jules Verne novels, Webster is among...
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Mary Webster, Actress in 'Master of the World,' Dies at 81

Mary Webster, Actress in 'Master of the World,' Dies at 81
Mary Webster, who starred opposite Jerry Lewis in the comedy The Delicate Delinquent and with Vincent Price in the sci-fi film Master of the World, has died. She was 81.

Webster died Monday in Dallas, her Master of the World co-star David Frankham stated on Facebook.

In her first big-screen appearance, Webster portrayed Lewis' love interest Patricia in The Delicate Delinquent (1957), notable as the comic actor's first film following his breakup with showbiz partner Dean Martin.

And in American International Pictures' Master of the World (1961), adapted by Richard Matheson from two Jules Verne novels, Webster is among...
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Dick Bakalyan, Character Actor Who Appeared in ‘Chinatown,’ Dies at 84

Dick Bakalyan, Character Actor Who Appeared in ‘Chinatown,’ Dies at 84
Character actor Richard (Dick) Bakalyan, who famously appeared in “Chinatown” as Loach, the partner of Jake Gittes’ former partner, who plays a key role in the movie’s climax, among many other films and TV shows, died in his sleep in Elmira, N.Y. on February 27 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84.

Bakalyan was known for his broken nose and a streetwise twist of a phrase. Some fans might not remember the name, but everyone knew the face; they’d wave and call to him from cars or on the street. He said, “You have to the ride the horse you’re given” — a dedication to authenticity and subtlety that ensured his portrayal was always appropriate to the role and the scene.

In his mid-20s, Bakalyan appeared as an antisocial teen in “The Delinquents,” “The Delicate Delinquent,” “Juvenile Jungle” and “Hot Car Girl,” among others. By 30, he graduated to
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Dick Bakalyan, Character Actor Who Appeared in ‘Chinatown,’ Dies at 84

Dick Bakalyan, Character Actor Who Appeared in ‘Chinatown,’ Dies at 84
Character actor Richard (Dick) Bakalyan, who famously appeared in “Chinatown” as Loach, the partner of Jake Gittes’ former partner, who plays a key role in the movie’s climax, among many other films and TV shows, died in his sleep in Elmira, N.Y. on February 27 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84.

Bakalyan was known for his broken nose and a streetwise twist of a phrase. Some fans might not remember the name, but everyone knew the face; they’d wave and call to him from cars or on the street. He said, “You have to the ride the horse you’re given” — a dedication to authenticity and subtlety that ensured his portrayal was always appropriate to the role and the scene.

In his mid-20s, Bakalyan appeared as an antisocial teen in “The Delinquents,” “The Delicate Delinquent,” “Juvenile Jungle” and “Hot Car Girl,” among others. By 30, he graduated to
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Actress Martha Hyer, Oscar Nominated for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89

Actress Martha Hyer, Oscar Nominated for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89
Actress Martha Hyer, who drew an Oscar nomination for her role in 1959 for her role in Vincente Minnelli’s film “Some Came Running,” died May 31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 89.

In “Some Came Running,” based on a novel by James Jones, author of “Here to Eternity,” the very beautiful Hyer was in the enviable position of playing a character, schoolteacher Gwen French, adored by Frank Sinatra’s character, writer Dave Hirsh, though she did not return the feelings.

The actress (pictured above with actor Peter van Eyck) also had roles in films including “So Big,” “Sabrina,” Jerry Lewis comedy “The Delicate Delinquent,” Francis the Talking Mule entry “Francis in the Navy,” “Houseboat,” sudsy pic “The Carpetbaggers” and Western “The Sons of Katie Elder,” after debuting on the bigscreen with an uncredited role in 1946 film noir “The Locket.” Like many if not most actors, Hyer transitioned into TV roles in the 1950s,
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Actress Martha Hyer, Oscar Nominated for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89

Actress Martha Hyer, Oscar Nominated for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89
Actress Martha Hyer, who drew an Oscar nomination for her role in 1959 for her role in Vincente Minnelli’s film “Some Came Running,” died May 31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 89.

In “Some Came Running,” based on a novel by James Jones, author of “Here to Eternity,” the very beautiful Hyer was in the enviable position of playing a character, schoolteacher Gwen French, adored by Frank Sinatra’s character, writer Dave Hirsh, though she did not return the feelings.

The actress (pictured above with actor Peter van Eyck) also had roles in films including “So Big,” “Sabrina,” Jerry Lewis comedy “The Delicate Delinquent,” Francis the Talking Mule entry “Francis in the Navy,” “Houseboat,” sudsy pic “The Carpetbaggers” and Western “The Sons of Katie Elder,” after debuting on the bigscreen with an uncredited role in 1946 film noir “The Locket.” Like many if not most actors, Hyer transitioned into TV roles in the 1950s,
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Oscar-nominated actress Martha Hyer dies at 89

Oscar-nominated actress Martha Hyer dies at 89
Martha Hyer, best known for her Oscar-nominated turn as Frank Sinatra’s love interest in 1958′s Some Came Running, died May 31 in her Santa Fe home. The actress was 89.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1924, Hyer studied theater at Northwestern University before joining the Pasadena Playhouse in California. There, she was spotted by a Hollywood talent agent and later signed a three-year contract with Rko Pictures.

Hyer married the director C. Ray Stahl in 1951. Stahl went on to direct his wife in the African safari film The Scarlet Spear in 1954, the same year the couple divorced. But 1954 wasn’t a
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2014 TCM Classic Film Festival To Honor Jerry Lewis

The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will honor legendary actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Jerry Lewiswith a multi-tiered celebration of his remarkable career. Highlighting the tribute, Lewis will have his hand and footprints enshrined in concrete in front of the world-famous Tcl Chinese Theatre IMAX. In addition, Lewis will be on-hand for a screening of one of his most memorable films: The Nutty Professor (1963). Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

Jerry Lewis is a very important name whenever movie comedy is discussed and enjoyed,” said TCM host Robert Osborne, who also serves as the official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Jerry has provided the world with great merriment and laughter, while also showing, in such films as Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy,
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Cinema Retro Covers Jerry Lewis Tribute At New York's 92Nd Street Y

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By Lee Pfeiffer

On March 16, The Friars Club presented an 86th birthday celebration honoring Jerry Lewis. The sold-out event saw hundreds of Lewis fans packed into the fabled 92nd Street Y on Manhattan's upper East Side. The show was hosted by actor/comedian and fellow Friar Richard Belzer (Lewis is the club's "Abbot"). Belzer waxed eloquently about the impact Lewis has continued to have on generations of comedians. He then showed some truly fascinating clips from director Gregg Barson's recent documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis. Then Lewis was introduced to a standing ovation. At 86 years old, there were few signs that age had taken its toll on the comedy legend. He walked a bit more cautiously and his hair was flecked with gray, but he cut a fit figure for a man of any age. Lewis and Belzer indulged in some predictable shtick, with Belzer taking most of Lewis' acid-tongued insults.
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On Stage With Jerry Lewis

I grew up believing that the sun rose and set on Jerry Lewis; in fact, one of the first movies I remember seeing in a theater was his initial solo comedy feature, The Delicate Delinquent. I was six years old, a perfect age to discover “that kid,” as Jerry called his alter ego. So needless to say, it was a kick to share a stage with him last week at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, to mark the DVD release of his 1959 TV production, The Jazz Singer, by Inception Media. When you think about it, there is hardly a medium he hasn’t conquered: theater, nightclubs, radio, television, movies, and comic books. He and Dean Martin even made a movie in 3-D, almost...

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