Jerry Lewis R.I.P.

Comedy-Legende Jerry Lewis ist gestern im Alter von 91 Jahren gestorben.

Jerry Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau.

Mr. Lewis knew success in movies, on television, in nightclubs, on the Broadway stage and in the university lecture hall. His career had its ups and downs, but when it was at its zenith there were few stars any bigger. And he got there remarkably quickly.

Barely out of his teens, he shot to fame shortly after World War II with a nightclub act in which the rakish, imperturbable Dean Martin crooned and the skinny, hyperactive Mr. Lewis capered around the stage, a dangerously volatile id to Mr. Martin’s supremely relaxed ego. After his break with Mr. Martin in 1956, Mr. Lewis went on to a successful solo career, eventually writing, producing and directing many of his own films.

Ich habe keine Ahnung, wieviele Jerry Lewis-Filme ich gesehen habe – die liefen damals™ in der techno-evolutionären 3-TV-Programm-Phase praktisch ständig auf irgendeinem Kanal, von Der verrückte Professor bis Aschenblödel.

Ich werde Jerry Lewis jedenfalls immer als Schreibmaschine im Gedächtnis behalten, was jetzt nicht das schlechteste Vermächtnis ist für einen Comedian: