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Old 08-21-2017, 07:09 AM
 
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I admired him for his charity work ,always looked forward to the "telethon" .Liked his dramatic roles but never got the appeal of his comidy.RIP Mr. Lewis.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:35 AM
 
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I watched some of the old Colgate Comedy Hour episodes on Youtube, which he hosted with Dean Martin. My favorite was the arcade sketch where he played Dean Martin's screeching haft-wit son. It also featured a nine-year-old Christopher Walken. I thought those old early 50's episodes were funnier than their movies...probably because they were live.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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Never cared for his comedy, and he seemed to be a real jerk when I'd seen him interviewed, but he certainly deserves credit and commendation for his charitable work.

I understand that when he'd be asked why he got involved with MD, he'd say that he'd reveal the answer when a cure was found. There's no cure for MD yet. Did he reveal the answer before his death?


I can easily watch him at the beginning of this clip in order to see the rest:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffdp_J_5VQY
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:02 AM
 
Location: In the house we finally own!
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We recently borrowed some of his early movies and there were some scenes we had to watch more than once because he was so funny. He was Jim Carrey before Jim Carrey was born!

I always thought it was horrible the way he was kicked off the MD telethon. He was the reason many folks watched.

A true pioneer for sure. RIP Mr. Lewis. You will be missed and always remembered.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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There was a Jerry Lewis cartoon.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X0g6-vEDTLw
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:12 AM
 
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Default Jerry

I loved Jerry. I loved his movies, and that nerdy character he played in them. Family Jewels and Sailor Beware were my childhood favorites. Jerry proved he could act, not just cut up for the camera. He was excellent in King of Comedy and Funny Bones
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Admittedly I'm a huge Dean Martin fan. I have mixed feelings about Jerry. I certainly admired his charity work and felt he was treated shamefully by the MDA at the end of that relationship. In the Martin & Lewis years I thought he could -- at times -- be downright hilarious. The television talk shows he hosted in the 1960s were a disaster. And I think the overriding problem -- at least for me -- is that he didn't grow as a performer. I admired his frankness in his book about him and Dean, although in some interviews he could be very snarky about a variety of topics.

There's no doubt, however, about his importance in the history of American entertainment. May he rest in peace.
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Another side of Jerry... political views...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND96cCi8qf8
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Old 08-21-2017, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Hmmm....let's see...posting about his affairs, his daughter (which is really an article about how he "neglected" his sons) and, now, that talked-about interview where we see a cantankerous Jerry--something he sadly devolved into towards the end of his life.

Yes, he had his faults. Many of us don't think now is the time to marinate in them. Enough, already.
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Old 08-21-2017, 02:37 PM
 
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This is an interesting article about Lewis's work with the MDA.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.0dce4b6db17e

Although there were many detractors who objected to Lewis's attempts to raise money by appealing to people's sense of pity, the fact is that my brother died of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 1978 just before his 22nd birthday, which was longer than average back then, and now people with that disease often live to their early 30's and sometimes even much longer. I don't know if that is a such a good thing for many -- it is a HORRIBLE disease -- but there is no doubt in my mind that it was through Lewis's efforts that such gains were possible. I am also thankful to the people who gave money to MDA because it allowed my family to get my brother his wheelchair at no cost to them -- and back then, my parents could not have afforded it without going into debt. (We were borderline poor.)

So, thank you, Mr. Lewis -- and I hope you rest in peace or in heaven.

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