Jerry Lewis was born on March 16th, 1926. If you did the math, you would see he is 86 years old. Jerry is well known for his acting, comedy, singing, as a producer of movies, screenwriter and director. He is known mostly for his slap stick type comedy which he portrayed on television, in films, on the stage and on radio. Jerry was on a show with Dean Martin first back in 1946. They became known as the Martin and Lewis team. Jerry has won numerous honors and awards over the years.
Muscular Dystrophy Telethons
Jerry loves doing telethons. The one I remember him doing yearly when he was younger was the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. He raised quite a bit of money for charity and it was a very enjoyable telethon to watch on television. Jerry was national chairman of the MDA from the early 1950′s up until 2011. His telethons started in 1952 and went on television in 1966. As of August 3, 2011, it was decided that Jerry wasn’t able to do the telethons anylonger. The telethons ran over the Labor Day weekend and has raised over $2.6 billion dollars.
Jerry Collapses at the Friars Club in New York
On June 12th, in the evening, Jerry was at the Friars Club in New York. He was to be the receipient of the Applause Award. He was also on the program to present Tom Cruise with the Entertainment Icon Award. Right before going on the stage, Jerry collapsed due to his sugar being low. He was treated and allowed to go home the same night. Jerry has had quite a few illness’s over the years. He has had more than one heart attack, a back injury, prostrate cancer, type 1 diabetes, pulmonary fibrosis and years of heart problems. Jerry is loved by many.