Jerry Lewis: US comedian dies aged 91 in Las Vegas

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Best known for his slapstick routines and double act with Dean Martin, with the pair teaming up on a number of movies from 1946 onwards, the actor was also a renowned philanthropist, raising nearly $2.5 million from muscular dystrophy telethons he hosted, Variety reported. And he was a remarkable man.

Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced, squeaky-voiced comedy legend who starred in movies and musicals and also was known for his unflagging work on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died on Sunday, his publicist confirmed.

Jerry Lewis' life and career can be categorized by soaring highs and incredible lows worthy of several Hollywood stars.

Lewis was also an acclaimed author, having penned three best sellers: The Total Filmmaker, a guide for directors; as well as the memoirs Jerry Lewis: In Person, and Dean & Me: A Love Story. "I don't like to see someone sick".

"One of the greatest of all time".

Announcement of Lewis' death came just hours after the passing of another legendary comedian.

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Born Joseph Levitch in 1926 to a vaudeville entertainer father and piano player mother, Lewis' career in show business essentially began before he was even a teenager, with singing and doing comedy as a kid at resorts in the Catskills. "You'll be sorely missed".

The famous actor Jerry Lewis, one of the most successful comedians of Hollywood, died at the age of 91 years.

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. God hadn't made me handsome, but he'd given me something, I always felt: "amusing bones".

In 1959, Lewis signed the largest contract in film history with paramount studios writing, directing or starring in 14 films in seven years, including his masterpiece "The Nutty Professor".

Lewis also raised funds for people with muscular dystrophy.

Talk show host Larry King on Twitter: "Jerry lived to make the world laugh, and laugh we did for decades".