Murió el cómico Jerry Lewis a sus 91 años

Jerry Lewis Re­mem­bered On Hol­ly­wood Walk Of Fame

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Jerry Lewis Re­mem­bered On Hol­ly­wood Walk Of Fame

Jerry Lewis, el céle­bre cómico de la dé­cada de los 50 y pro­tag­o­nista de “The Bell­boy” (1960) o “The Nutty Pro­fes­sor” (1963), fal­l­e­ció hoy en Las Ve­gas (Ne­vada) a los 91 años de edad, con­firmó la ofic­ina de su rep­re­sen­tante.

John Kat­silometes, el colum­nista del di­ario Las Ve­gas Re­viewJour­nal­re­ported, había ade­lan­tado min­u­tos antes que el ac­tor había fal­l­e­cido en su casa a las 16.15 GMT.

Aunque no se han conc­re­tado las causas de su muerte, en ju­nio el ac­tor fue hos­pi­tal­izado en Las Ve­gas de­spués de de­sar­rol­lar una in­fec­ción del tracto uri­nario, lo úl­timo en su largo his­to­rial de prob­le­mas de salud, como el ataque al corazón del que se re­puso 2006.

Lewis al­canzó por primera vez la glo­ria junto a Dean Martin, con el que desde 1946 tri­unfó en to­dos los es­ce­nar­ios para for­mar una de las pare­jas más mem­o­rables del hu­mor es­ta­dounidense.

Du­rante los sigu­ientes 10 años, am­bos pro­tag­o­nizaron nu­merosos filmes cómi­cos como “My Friend Irma” (1949), “The Stooge” (1952), “The Caddy” (1953), “Artists and Mod­els” (1955) y “Pard­ners” (1956), re­cau­dando var­ios mil­lones de dólares.

Tras años de in­tenso tra­bajo y éx­i­tos, las difer­en­cias en­tre am­bos em­pezaron a sur­gir y en 1956, de­spués de su película “Hol­ly­wood o Bust”, hicieron su úl­tima apari­ción con­junta.

Lewis dejó en gran me­dida el mundo del cine a fi­nales de los años 60 y fue más ac­tivo con su teletón an­ual para re­cau­dar fon­dos para la Distrofia Mus­cu­lar co­in­ci­di­endo con el Día del Tra­bajo en Es­ta­dos Unidos, en el que se cal­cula que re­caudó más de 2.450 mil­lones antes de ser rel­e­vado en 2011. ENGLISH HOL­LY­WOOD, CA – Jerry Lewis died at his Las Ve­gas home ear­lier Sun­day at the age of 91. Trib­utes are pour­ing in, and fans are leav­ing flow­ers or other of­fer­ings at his two stars on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame – at 6150 and 6821 Hol­ly­wood Blvd.

Lewis' hand­prints and foot­prints are im­mor­tal­ized in ce­ment at the TCL Chi­nese Theater at 6925 Hol­ly­wood Blvd., where the lights of its fa­mous fore­court were dimmed Sun­day evening to honor Lewis. It is the 13th time the iconic theater has of­fered that trib­ute to a de­parted per­former.

Lewis' pub­li­cist, Candi Cazau, re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment: "Famed co­me­dian, ac­tor, and leg­endary en­ter­tainer Jerry Lewis passed away peace­fully to­day of nat­u­ral causes at 91 at his home in Las Ve­gas with his fam­ily by his side."

Many celebri­ties are shar­ing their thoughts about the pro­lific en­ter­tainer on Twit­ter.

"That fool was no dummy," wrote ac­tor Jim Car­rey. "Jerry Lewis was an un­de­ni­able ge­nius (and) an un­fath­omable bless­ing, com­edy's ab­so­lute! I am be­cause he was."

"Jerry Lewis was a ge­nius co­me­dian, ac­tor, di­rec­tor, in­ven­tor, hu­man­i­tar­ian..." talk-show host Jimmy Kim­mel tweeted.

Co­me­dian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, "Jerry Lewis was a comic and phil­an­thropic icon. I send love to his fam­ily to­day."

"#Jer­ryLewis was one of a kind, my com­edy hero when I was grow­ing up," wrote author and film critic Leonard Maltin, "Can't be­lieve I got to spend so much time with him over the years. RIP."

Born on March 16, 1926, in Ne­wark, New Jer­sey, Lewis rose to fame in the late 1940s as part of the famed Martin and Lewis com­edy team. Lewis and singer Dean Martin packed night­clubs for years, also team­ing up for a se­ries of hit com­edy films.

The act broke up af­ter 10 years and Lewis went on to a sig­nif­i­cant solo film ca­reer, di­rect­ing and star­ring in sev­eral films in the 1950s and '60s, in­clud­ing "The Nutty Pro­fes­sor" and "The Bell­boy."

Lewis was con­sid­ered an in­no­va­tive di­rec­tor, and is cred­ited with pi­o­neer­ing the use of "video as­sist," in which a video cam­era records the same scenes as the film cam­eras. The video can then be played back in­stantly, al­low­ing film­mak­ers a much quicker look at the footage than they were used to when they had to wait 24 hours for the film to be de­vel­oped.

Lewis' film work was es­pe­cially beloved in France, where he re­ceived the Min­istry of Cul­ture's Le­gion of Hon­our in 2006.

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