Live Poll: Facts You May Not Know About Jerry Lewis

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Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis has passed away at the age of 91. Throughout his eight-decade career Lewis wrote, directed and produced many titles in addition to acting in them and was a popular nightclub performer with his partner Dean Martin. He also served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day Weekend broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years. 

With such a long and esteemed career Lewis has done many things the general public is not aware of. Which of these facts most surprises you? 

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I like your approach to Jerry Lewis' career, and I like reading stuff that make me say "I wasn"t aware of that"

I expected something related to "The King of Comedy" but I thought you'd mention the "cancer" incident which actually happened to him, but the one you took was more interesting.

I knew about his French reputation, he even inspired a French philosophy teacher to become an actor and he was known as the French "Jerry Lewis", his name is Michel Leeb and here's one of his tributes to Lewis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzKgfB2eMQU

FYC: Simpson's "mad scientist" Professor Frink was based on Jerry Lewis' "Nutty Professor"

When Azaria ad-libbed a voice for the character, he did an impression of Jerry Lewis's Julius Kelp character from The Nutty Professor. The staff liked the voice and therefore changed Frink to be more like Julius Kelp, both in appearance and personality – he became more nerdy, and went from evil to just mad. Lewis later guest-starred on the show as Frink's father in the 2003 episode "Treehouse of Horror XIV".

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I was wondering when where we gonna have some Jerry Lewis suggestions.


He was the first to develop and use video-assist while shooting on location. This has since become the standard in the industry. 

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I am REALLY surprised no one has put forward one of the standard memorial-type suggestions.
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FYC Martin-Lewis Split

I read somewhere recently he refused to listen to Dean Martin songs after their break-up, I would assume for the entire period they were estranged. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/04/dean-martin-and-jerry-lewis-after-they-split-up/
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Added the suggestions except for the Frink info. Waiting for a photo I uploaded to be approved.
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All ready.
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Thanks. My pick is Some Like It Hot. I think he was probably kicking himself the rest of his career over that one.
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