American entertainment legend and comedy pioneer Jerry Lewis died Sunday. A statement from his family saying, he passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas.>> Here cow, cow, moo cow.
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Born Joseph Levitch in Newark, New Jersey in 1926, his parents were Vaudeville performers on the Catskills Country Club circuit. He dropped out of high school to try his hand at the stage, performing in New York and Atlantic City.
It was his collaboration with singer Dean Martin that catapulted him to fame. Their routine was simple and sensational. Martin, handsome, suave, never ruffled. Lewis, buffoonish, zany, raw.>> Take these two dice.>> Yeah take these and I hold it.>> Throw them, just throw them, throw them.>> Throw them, all right.
>> No!>> At the height of their popularity, the duo inspired the sort of hysteria that followed Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. The pair parted ways in 1956. Lewis went on to star in more than 45 films, in a career spanning five decades. He was also known for his charity work, hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual Labor Day telethon fundraiser for more than 40 years, raising close to $2 billion for the cause.
>> Critics sometimes scorn his clowny, immature persona. But the impish glint never left Lewis' eye. In a 2002 interview, he told Reuters, I look at the world through a child's eye, because I'm nine. I stayed that way, I made a career out of it, it's a wonderful place to be.