Hollywood has united in celebration of the life of Jerry Lewis, the comedy legend who has died at the age of 91.
Lewis died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas early on Sunday morning, his agent confirmed, having influenced a generation of actors and comics.
Known for his double act with Dean Martin, he starred in a wealth of movies from ‘The Nutty Professor’ to ‘The Bellboy’, blazing a trail in physical comedy.
Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful…
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian and, as a Las Vegan, what I miss most..https://t.co/R0uLkPOwyU
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a complicated man of astonishing talent.
If u are in comedy, you've been influenced by him, whether u know it or not. RIP https://t.co/VE5KZMETMU
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) August 20, 2017
That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was! ;^D pic.twitter.com/3Zdq9xhXlE
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2017
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) August 20, 2017
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) August 20, 2017
The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis pic.twitter.com/jNLRPQeS4G
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 20, 2017
It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He'll keep'em laffin in the ever after!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis passed today,millions around the world loved him,millions of kids he helped w/his telethons. R.I.P. &condolences 2 his family
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 20, 2017
In a statement, Robert DeNiro, who starred with Lewis in the 1982 movie ‘The King of Comedy’, said: “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend.
“I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat… Or a punchline. You’ll be missed.”
Magician Penn Jillette told CNN: “People don’t really remember this, but when Martin and Lewis were at their peak in the 50s, they were bigger than the Beatles.
“They were bigger than Sinatra, they were bigger than Bing Crosby. They were bigger than any star has been in the history of the United States of America.
“When they were in Times Square, in a hotel room, it stopped traffic in New York. It was a much bigger deal than the Beatles. Martin and Lewis really did change the world.
“He was the King of Comedy.”