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US comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies aged 91

20 August 2017

American comedian Jerry Lewis – famous for his double-act with Dean Martin and his starring role in slapstick comedy films during the 1950s – has died aged 91.

Lewis was renowned for his ten-year partnership with Dean Martin, entertaining audiences in nightclubs, on TV and the big screen. After their split in 1956, he starred in and directed a number of hit films.

In 1960, Lewis made his movie directorial debut with The Bellboy and starred in the storybook parody Cinderfella.

Three years later he directed and starred in his most popular movie, The Nutty Professor, which was reinvented by Eddie Murphy in 1996.

Lewis starred in more than 45 films in a career spanning five decades.

Later generations knew him primarily as the conductor of weekend telethons to raise funds for victims of muscular dystrophy. His annual telethon raised more than $2bn for the fight against the disease.