One of the greats passed away today! Jerome Levitch or better known as Jerry Lewis passed at age 91 at home in Las Vegas. Lewis was a comedic genius and filmaker, also creating the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Labor Day for many years. Partnering with singer/actor Dean Martin, Lewis on several films, he was best know for his “The Nutty Professor” in (1963) which was his biggest success ever, grossing $19 million. Lewis smoked nearly four packs of cigarettes a day which lead to double bypass surgery in 1982. Lewis also had painkiller dependency due to ulcers.
In 1944 Lewis married former band singer Patti Palmer, with whom he had six sons, Gary, Ronnie, Scott, Anthony, Christopher and Joseph, who died in 2009.
Lewis is survived by his second wife, SanDee Pitnick.