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Jerry Lewis, the brilliant, divisive giant of comedy, died at his Las Vegas home Sunday morning at age 91. In a career that spanned nearly his entire life, Lewis played funnyman to Dean Martin; starred in, wrote, and directed the original Nutty Professor; and served as longtime host of TV’s most famous telethon. Once Hollywood’s most bankable star, Lewis fronted more than 50 movies, from the light Martin-and-Lewis fare of Artists and Models to Martin Scorsese’s darkly funny The King of Comedy. Click through for a look at his most famous — and infamous — roles.
The legendary Jerry Lewis has appeared in gradually fewer and fewer movies since the late 90s, shifting from household name to something of a Hollywood recluse. In it, Lewis stars as the namesake Max Rose, a jazz and blues pianist who discovers that his late but beloved wife of 65 years may have been unfaithful to him, shaking his life to its foundations. It features a solidly impressive cast too, including Kevin Pollack and 'Argo’ star Kerry Bishé as his son and granddaughter, along with Illeana Douglas and Fred Willard.
There’s only one copy of the film in existence and it belongs to Lewis, who keeps it under lock and key – because he considers it to be one of the worst films ever made. In 1972, Lewis agreed to direct and star in holocaust drama 'The Day The Clown Cried’, adapted from a script written by Joan O'Brien and Charles Denton. The film would see funnyman Lewis playing a clown who winds up entertaining children as they’re led to the gas chambers in Auschwitz.
New images from ‘The Day The Clown Cried’, comedian Jerry Lewis’s infamous movie about the holocaust, have surfaced. Lewis decided that once the movie was made it would never be released, and it remains that it’s only ever been seen by a handful of people. Lewis both directed and starred in the movie, which told the harrowing tale of a washed up clown called Helmut Doork who is sent to a prison camp for drunkenly mocking Hitler.
Jerry Lewis’s ‘The Day The Clown Cried’ was made by the revered comedian in the 70s, but never properly finished because it was reputedly so terribly awful. The film has now been donated among a collection of Lewis’s other work to the Library of Congress in the US, but with the proviso that it will not be screened for at least another decade. In it, Lewis played Helmut Doork, a German clown who is arrested by the Gestapo for mocking Hitler during World War Two.