Hollywood paid tribute to legendary comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis after his publicist confirmed he’d passed away at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 91.
Actor Robert De Niro, who worked with Lewis on 1982’s The King of Comedy, praised him as a trailblazer in a statement released to the press. “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years,” DeNiro wrote. “Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat… Or a punchline. You’ll be missed.”
Star Trek alums William Shatner and George Takei also responded.
Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today. ☹️
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 20, 2017
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
As did singer and actress Bette Midler…
Jerry Lewis, a complicated soul who made the whole world laugh has died.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 20, 2017
…and comedians Rob Schneider and Jim Carrey.
That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was! ;^D pic.twitter.com/3Zdq9xhXlE
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2017
The Muscular Dystrophy Association issued a statement commemorating Lewis’s efforts; as a spokesman for the organization, Lewis raised $1.5 billion for charity between 1966 and 2010.
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