Joseph Levitch (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017), better known by his stage name Jerry Lewis, was an American comedian, actor, singer, filmmaker and humanitarian and dubbed as "The King of Comedy" and "The Total Filmmaker". Lewis gained his career breakthrough with fellow singer Dean Martin, billed as Martin & Lewis, in 1946.
They would perform on stage and star in films, television and radio until an acrimonious ending of the partnership in 1956. Lewis then pursued a solo career as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter and established himself as a notable comedian, becoming one of the most popular acts of all time and was known for his close friendship with fellow artist Sammy Davis Jr.
Lewis starred in 60 motion picture and television projects, performed his comedy routines at concerts, ventured into behind-the-scenes work as a filmmaker and released several albums as a singer, selling millions of records. Throughout his career, he has raised awareness for muscular dystrophy, while as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 1956 to 2011.