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Old 08-21-2017, 01:44 PM
 
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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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.
The MDA website opens with a heartfelt statement about his passing, along wit a video tribute.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:43 AM
 
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The MDA website opens with a heartfelt statement about his passing, along wit a video tribute.
He did work tirelessly with other on this charity so very well done Jerry..
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:37 PM
 
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Found this piece of Dean and Jerry info https://starsinscotland.wordpress.co...-glasgow-1953/
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:14 AM
 
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I loved him and Dean Martin when they teamed up with Bela Lugosi in " Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn Gorilla". Thatw as probably their best movie.
















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Old 08-25-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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Now.. The million dollar question.. Do we finally get to see "The Day the Clown Cried"?
He gave that film to (I forget now) on the stipulation it isn't shown for ten years. So no one will see it until 2025.
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Old 08-25-2017, 03:15 PM
 
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Old 08-25-2017, 04:46 PM
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Big fan.

I have a lot of his movies.

He was great. Bellboy was his best, also love Nutty Professor and Disordely Orderly too.

Read in a biography that he was addicted to pain killers for about 15 years,
fiinally kicking it in the early 80s.

Trivia....his son Gary (born july 31, 1945) had a number 1 hit song in 1965
with "This Diamond Ring"...his group, Gary Lewis and the Playboys" even toured
with the Beatles!
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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Big fan.

I have a lot of his movies.

He was great. Bellboy was his best, also love Nutty Professor and Disordely Orderly too.

Read in a biography that he was addicted to pain killers for about 15 years,
fiinally kicking it in the early 80s.

Trivia....his son Gary (born july 31, 1945) had a number 1 hit song in 1965
with "This Diamond Ring"...his group, Gary Lewis and the Playboys" even toured
with the Beatles!

Jerry Lewis sure had his share of health problems.

He was a diabetic, and had a number of heart attacks, the first when he was in his early 30s, and had bypass surgery. He suffered serious back injuries due to his pratfalls and physical comedy going back decades. He ultimately got a pain relief implant two decades ago for
chronic pain. And the steroids initially prescribed for his pulmonary fibrosis resulted in an almost 70-lb weight gain that made him "moon-faced" for a time.

His son, Gary, was here while touring close to 20 years ago, and ended up marrying a local woman who was in the audience. They live on a farm a few miles from us, and he occasionally performs at local charity and community benefits.
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