The beloved comic enjoyed a decades-long career.
Lewis faced many health problems throughout the years, including prostate cancer and two heart attacks. He also suffered from Type 1 diabetes and battled pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease.
The beloved comic enjoyed a decades-long career, recently selling out his one-man shows at the 2,400-seat La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in California in 2014. He got his start in 1946 alongside Dean Martin, performing on television and radio shows and in movies before they parted ways in 1956 after 10 years as a duo. Lewis went on to star in, produce and direct an array of films, including “The Delicate Delinquent,” (1957) “The Bellboy” (1960) and “The Nutty Professor” (1963). He also made multiple television appearances and hosted the annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for over 40 years until he was reportedly unceremoniously dumped by the organization in 2010 and resigned from his post as national chairman. MDA announced in May 2015 that the telethon would be ending, saying “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving have made this the right time.”
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