Jerry Lewis Biography

Updated On Mar 28, 2019 Published On Dec 03, 2015
Facts of Jerry Lewis
Date of Birth: 1926 , March-16
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet
Name Jerry Lewis
Birth Name Joseph Levitch
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Newark
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Net Worth $25 million
Married Yes
Married to SanDee Pitnick (m. 1983), Patti Palmer (m. 1944)
Children Gary Lewis, Danielle Sarah Lewis, Ronald Lewis, MORE
Divorce SanDee Pitnick (Div.2017), Patti Palmer (div.1980)
Died August 20, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Primetime Emmy Awards winner, Jerry Lewis is one of the oldest American comedian, actor, and singer. He is also an established recording artist, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his role in the movies like The Delicate Delinquent, The Bellboy, and The Nutty Professor.

Jerry Lewis Early Life

Jerry Lewis was born on March 16, 1926, in the musical family as Joseph Levitch in Newark, New Jersey, the United States to Daniel Levitch and Rachel ("Rae") Levitch (née Brodsky). He is an American and is of Russian Jewish descent.

Personal Life of Jerry Lewis

On 3rd of October 1944, Jerry got married to Patti Lewis. Patti Lewis is a singer and they met for the first time in Detroit two months earlier before getting married.

As a married couple, the six children together and they finalized their divorce on 27th of January 1983.

It seems like the actual reason that dissolved his first married life was his extra affairs with SanDee Pitnick. SanDee Pitnick is also an actress and they got married on the 13th of February 1983.

Career as a Comedian & Rise to Fame

As both of his parents were involved in the entertainment industry, Jerry also got a chance to appear on the radio when he was just five. And then at the age of 15, he developed his Record Act. Then he teamed up with Dean Martin as a comedy team.

They began performing in the nightclub and they also gained fame for that performance. They also ran their own radio program and quickly rose to prominence.

How Much is Jerry's Net Worth?

Those days, he earned the salary of $150–175 per week. He began his acting career since 1949 and his debut movie role was in My Friend Irma. His net worth is said to be around $50 million.

Death

The globally recognized actor/producer/director, comedian, and singer, Lewis is no more. The late star of the silver screen died at the age of 91 on Sunday, August 20 leaving his legacy behind. 

Jerry Lewis facts on timeline

Born in Newark, New Jersey

March 16 , 1926

Jerry Lewis was born in the musical family as Joseph Levitch in Newark, New Jersey, United States to Daniel Levitch and Rachel ("Rae") Levitch (née Brodsky). He is an American and is of Russian Jewish descent.

Began performing with his parents

1931

As both of his parents were involved in entertainment industry, Jerry also got a chance to appear in the radio when he was just five. Those days, he was often found performing in the Catskill Mountains.

Developed his own Record Act

1941

After he made his appearance in the radio, he began working on his own act and then at the age of 15, he developed his Record Act. Few years later, he changed his name to Joey Lewis but soon changed it to Jerry Lewis.

Began performing as Martin and Lewis

July 25 , 1946

As singer Dean Martin was gaining popularity those days, he desired to join him. They met for the first time in 1945 and they formed the American comedy duo, Martin and Lewis. They made their first performance at the Atlantic City's 500 Clun the following year.

Began his My Friend Irma acting career

1949

As a Martin and Lewis comedy duo, he made his television debut in 1948 on the Toast of the Town. The following year, he played his first movie role and that was in the movie, My Friend Irma.

Produced The Delicate Delinquent

1957

He joined with Dean Martin as a comedy team and gained massive popularity being Martin and Lewis but in the mid 1950s, he split from Martin and he began his solo career. In 1957, he produced his debut movie, The Delicate Delinquent. 

Married to Patti Lewis

October 3 , 1944

On 3rd of October 1944, Jerry got married to Patti Lewis. Patti Lewis is a singer and they met for the first time in Detroit two months earlier before getting married. She is known for being the singer of Ted Fio Rito and his orchestra.

First child, Gary Lewis

July 31 , 1945

American musician, Gary Lewis is his first child. As he was born in the musical family since he was child, he became influenced from music and chose his career in music. He is also one of the main members of the musical band, Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

Second child, Ronald Steven "Ronnie" Lewis

1949

He became father for the second time in his life and that was in 1949. He and his ex wife, Patti Lewis welcomed their second child together at the end of 1949 and that time it was also a son and they named him Ronald Steven "Ronnie" Lewis. 

Divorced with Patti Lewis

January 27 , 1983

Though he became father for six different times with his first wife, Patti Lewis, he began cheating him after being married with her for about four decades. With the start of 1980s, he began his extra affairs and they got divorced on 27th of January 1983.

Got Married

February 13 , 1983

It seems like the actual reason that dissolved his first married life was his extra affairs with SanDee Pitnick. SanDee Pitnick is also an actress and they got married on 13th of February 1983. They are still together as a married couple.

Won Primetime Emmy Awards

2005

Primetime Emmy Awards is also one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and everyone really fells honored if they win this award. He has also been honored with this award once and that was in 2005.

Won Fotogramas de Plata

1966

In 1966, he got his one and only nomination in Fotogramas de Plata. That year he was nominated in this award for Best Foreign Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero). He was kind of lucky as he won this award from his only nomination. 

Won Laurel Awards

1965

Till now, he has been nominated in Laurel Awards for ten different times and out of these 10 nominations, he has only been honored once. He won this award for the first time in 1965 and that was for Special Award.