Celeb React To Jerry Lewis' Death With Sweet Memories Of The Beloved Comedian
On Sunday, Aug. 20, Hollywood was saddened to learn that comedy legend Jerry Lewis had died at age 91. His family issued a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, revealing that the beloved comedian passed away from natural causes. Celebs reactions to Jerry Lewis' death on social media with many kind words and sweet memories. Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Lewis passed away at his Las Vegas home at around 9:15 a.m. PST.
Lewis' publicist Nancy Kane released the following statement to Bustle:
Lewis got his big break in the 1940s when he teamed up with Dean Martin while working in Atlantic City, N.J. The comedian and the crooner duo soon became insanely popular on stage and in the movies. Together, they starred in My Friend Irma in 1949, At War With the Army in 1950, Sailor Beware in 1952, The Caddy in 1953, among many others. The duo parted ways in 1956. In the 1960s, Lewis was one of the biggest Hollywood actors, starring in hit movies such as The Bellboy in 1960 and The Nutty Professor in 1963.
Lewis was no doubt an influential comedian and celebs are sharing all their memories of him on social media to honor his life.
Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I guess it's time for that again.— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) August 20, 2017
The comedian shared his sadness about Lewis' death, photos of himself and Lewis, and gratitude that he got to meet the iconic entertainer. "Goodbye to the real, no irony, king of comedy," Jillette wrote in a tweet.
The actor remembered Lewis as "one of the greatest of all time" on Twitter.
We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis. https://t.co/vdYCfd7atJ— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 20, 2017
The actor and activist saluted Lewis for his comedy and his activism for Muscular Dystrophy.
The House of Cards actor shared a memory in which he had dinner with the late comedian.
Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful...— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 20, 2017
Oswalt made a touching and subtle joke in honor of Lewis.
even tho u said women arent funny rest in peeeeeeeaaacccccceeeeee https://t.co/f4K8lav7zG— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) August 20, 2017
Peretti is referring to Lewis' controversial comments in 2014 about women comedians.
Always funny. Always helpful. Always honest. I will miss you Jerry Lewis. The world has lost a true innovator & icon. pic.twitter.com/mJzLbh0VFd— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) August 20, 2017
Cook shared a photo of himself with Lewis and saluted his mentor on Twitter. "He meant the world to me [and] I will forever cherish the time I got to spend with him & his family," Cook wrote in another tweet. "At a dark time in my life he brought me joy."
8Jamie Lee Curtis
Curtis recalled the times when Lewis shared the screen with her famous parents Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.
Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian and, as a Las Vegan, what I miss most..https://t.co/R0uLkPOwyU— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 20, 2017
The late night talk show host shared a touching video of Lewis from his telethon, singing "You'll Never Walk Alone."
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Bernhard reminisced about Lewis by posting a video in which she starred with him.
Sad to read about the passing of Jerry Lewis. We met when we both received honorary degrees from Emerson in '93; how he made me laugh! RIP. pic.twitter.com/fNKcEyXFXK— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 20, 2017
Matlin remembered Lewis with a throwback photo and a memory of when they both received honorary degrees from Emerson College.
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From 3 on I cherish how this genius brought comfort to me with laughter and then support and friendship. Rip Jerry pic.twitter.com/Jfu2cXZEju— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) August 20, 2017
The fellow comedian tweeted this photo of himself with Jerry Lewis.
The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis pic.twitter.com/jNLRPQeS4G— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 20, 2017
Gottfried also tweeted a past selfie with Lewis, as well as a playful joke. (According to Vanity Fair, the French are huge fans of Lewis.)
14Harry Connick, Jr.
RIP jerry lewis... he was always so nice to me - the greatest of all time.— Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 20, 2017
The singer and actor called Lewis "the greatest of all time" in a tweet.
Watched nutty professor over and over and over again as a kid. Got to meet and hang with clegend who made it. #jerrylewis. Rip— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) August 20, 2017
Simmons shared his love for Lewis' film The Nutty Professor and how thrilling it was to meet Lewis.
As a kid, I'm pretty sure I was the biggest Jerry Lewis fan in the world. Truly. R.I.P. Jerry Lewis.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 20, 2017
Nanjiani remembered the impact Lewis had on him as a child.