I was NOT a Jerry Lewis fan. John introduced me – kicking & screaming – to The Nutty Professor, which I expected to be the epitome of everything I loathed about the too too physical comedian. What a shocker to LOVE it.
There are still a lot of Jerry Lewis movies I consider TOO over the top, but ones like Cinderfella found their way onto my “recommend” list.
Jerry Lewis – King of Clowns – died today. He died living a legacy that goes way beyond being the quintessential goof ball.
Last year, at 90, he was still doing his comedy bits once a month for wowed audiences. Over the past years, he’s turned in some unexpected performances, including last year’s Max Rose and a riveting 2011 role as Richard Belzer’s uncle in Law & Order – Special Victims Unit.
A tip of my hat & heartfelt thanks for modeling full-throttle living at any age.