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Jerry Lewis, the comic entertainer whose rubber-limbed pratfalls, squeaky voice and all-around childlike buffoonery opposite suave crooner Dean Martin launched him to international fame in the 1940s and 1950s, and who served as the irrepressible host of televised charity fundraisers over five decades, died Aug. 20, 2017. He was 91.
1954Comedians Jerry Lewis, right, and Dean Martin participate in a muscular dystrophy telethon in Los Angeles. His annual telethons raised almost $1.5 billion by 2007 to fight the disease. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Mr. Lewis with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2009 for his work with the telethons. Mr. Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association parted ways in 2010, under circumstances that remain vague.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images