Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. See photos of the legendary comedian and telethon host through the years.
Comedy actor Jerry Lewis.
From left, entertainers Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Jerry Lewis with Dean Martin during the World Middleweight Championship of 1953.
Dean Martin, left, and Jerry Lewis pose for the "Colgate Comedy Hour" Aug. 27, 1954.
Jerry Lewis stars with Dean Martin in the 1955 musical comedy "Artists and Models."
Pittsburgh Pirates first basemen Dick Stuart, left, and Jim Marshall, right, pal around with Jerry Lewis before the start of the Pittsburgh-Houston game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 13, 1962.
Comedian Jerry Lewis appears in a scene from the 1963 film "The Nutty Professor."
Comedian and film star Jerry Lewis poses on April 22, 1971, with a model of the Jerry Lewis Cinema.
Dean Martin, left, and Jerry Lewis appear on Lewis' annual MDA Telethon in Las Vegas on Sept. 7, 1976. The telethon raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Janet Leigh and Jerry Lewis star in the 1966 romatic comedy "Three on a Couch."
Jerry Lewis makes his opening remarks on the 25th anniversary of his annual MDA Labor Day Telethon in Los Angeles on Sept. 2, 1990.
Comedy legend Jerry Lewis does a guest appearance on "Larry King Live," Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at CNN Studios in Hollywood.
Jerry Lewis sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" at the end of the "Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon" in Los Angeles, on Sept. 6, 1999.
Muscular Dystrophy Association national chairman Jerry Lewis speaks during the 2001 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Sept. 2, 2001, in Los Angeles,
Host Jerry Lewis performs during the "Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon" at CBS Television Studios on Aug. 31, 2003, in Los Angeles.
Jerry Lewis performs during his annual MDA Labor Day Telethon in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2005.
Comedian Jerry Lewis performs on stage at the Goldene Kamera Award Feb. 2, 2006, in Berlin.
In this March 16, 2006, photo, Jerry Lewis smiles during an award ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris.
Jerry Lewis jokes with Abby Umali, 9, the Muscular Dystrophy Associations national goodwill ambassador, during the 43rd annual MDA Labor Day telethon at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Monday, Sept. 1, 2008.
Entertainer Jerry Lewis speaks during the 44th annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the South Point Hotel & Casino Sept. 7, 2009, in Las Vegas.
Jerry Lewis attends his 86th birthday celebration after party at New York Friars Club on March 16, 2012.
Jerry Lewis poses for a portrait during an interview at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on April 12, 2014.
Director Martin Scorsese and comedian Jerry Lewis attend "The King of Comedy" closing night screening gala during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2013, in New York City.
Jerry Lewis poses with his wife, SanDee Pitnick, and daughter Danielle at his Walk of Fame hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on April 12, 2014.
Comedic actor-filmmaker Jerry Lewis died in Las Vegas on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. He was 91.
Jerry Lewis gets a kiss from illusionist Criss Angel during Angel's Heal Every Life Possible charity event benefiting pediatric cancer research at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, 2016.