Friday, June 21, 2024

Jerry Lewis is Dead at 91: Comic and Film Genius, Idolized by Martin Scorsese, Had a Wild and Crazy Life


Jerry Lewis is gone but will never be forgotten. He made sure of that by having many lives, all successful. The comic genius, great indie filmmaker was also a tremendous philanthropist. He was never easy but he lived his life honestly. He said what was on his mind always. And never failed to amuse. He had his foes but his fans and friends idolized him — like Martin Scorsese and Richard Belzer. Jerry was a great interview, too. He was always more than generous to me, and our encounters were memorable. Despite their famous falling out, Jerry loved and miss his old partner Dean Martin. Keep refreshing because I’m going to add the interview we did a couple of years ago. This is a big big loss.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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