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Jerry Lewis performs in Paris in 1976. Lewis, who appeared in dozens of films throughout his career, was perhaps nowhere more critically acclaimed than in France, where he earned the country's highest civilian honor.
Dean Martin (center) sits with Lewis in 1953 at a boxing match.
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Lewis and Stella Stevens in 1963's The Nutty Professor. Lewis retained the rights to his hit film, which was later remade by Eddie Murphy for the big screen and adapted for the stage.
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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis appear together for the first time in years on Lewis' annual 1976 telethon to fight muscular dystrophy. Frank Sinatra, one of many stars who appeared, brought Martin along as a surprise.
Lewis makes a face in 1981 as President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, receive Christi Bartlett, a child with muscular dystrophy.
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Lewis married SanDee — or Sam, as she's often known — at a small private ceremony in 1983 in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Lewis and his wife, Sam, look toward the audience after closing his Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 2000. He helped raise more than $50 million in under 22 hours.
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Lewis and his son, singer Gary Lewis, joke around at a telethon in 2004.
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Lewis accepts the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the Oscars in 2009.
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Lewis, during an interview in Los Angeles last year.