There was a time when hundreds of telethon hosts from all over the USA would fly to Las Vegas to meet with Jerry and take a promotional picture with him. And he was a remarkable man.
The legendary comedian, singer, actor, filmmaker, producer, and all-around creator died in his Las Vegas home on Sunday morning, his family confirms. Lewis' response: "Well, you know, there was all those rumors about our breaking up - and then when I started the show and you weren't here, I believed it". Asked in 2016 what his greatest achievement is, he said, "It's always family".
While it's particularly sad to learn of Lewis' passing, it's important we appreciate his long career in Hollywood and the impact he had on future generations of comedians.
"I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Or a punchline. You'll be missed".
Although Lewis' career flourished in his duo act with Martin, it didn't stop him from taking on solo projects from movies, such as 1960's "The Bellboy", to a comic book series called "The Adventures of Jerry Lewis", released from 1957 to 1971. And you don't get too many belly laughs nowadays.
Jerry Lewis became one of the Highest paid Hollywood actors with hits such as The Bell Boy, Cinderfella and The Nutty Professor.
And because of Jerry Lewis, millions of people who faced bad diseases did not have to face them alone.
In 2008 he received the Academy Of Motion Science and Pictures' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his work with children afflicted with muscular dystrophy. In the last four decades or so, Lewis appeared in Martin Scorsese's The King Of Comedy, Daniel Noah's Max Rose, and the infamously bad (and rarely seen) Holocaust drama The Day The Clown Cried.