Nutty Professor star Jerry Lewis passed away on Sunday, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91-years-old.

Comedy titan Jerry Lewis, best known for writing, directing and starring on The Nutty Professor, died at the age of 91, at his home in Las Vegas, on Sunday morning. His passing was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and was confirmed by his publicist, Candi Cazau.

Shortly after, tributes started pouring on social media.

Comic Penn Jillette tweeted: “How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him.”


“Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful… …haven.”, wrote Patton Oswalt.


Gilbert Gottfried tweeted: “The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis”


“Oh NOOOOO!!! Jerry Lewis just died! Another comic legend has left us”, tweeted Rob Schneider, adding: “Martin&Lewis were the Beatles of comedy! Nobody was EVER bigger!” He later tweeted a photo of a young Lewis, captioning it: “Jerry Lewis made Millions of children laugh! Generations of kids delirious with laughter watching his movies! Can’t imagine my childhood w/o.”

A New Jersey native, Jerry Lewis was born into a family of entertainers. His father was a master of ceremonies and his mother played the piano professionally.

In 1946, Lewis paired up with Dean Martin for comedy acts which caught the attention of the public. They soon had their own program on NBC, called after them. They starred together in a series of Hollywood movies, among which My Friend Irma (1949), At War with the Army (1950), The Stooge (1952), The Caddy (1953), Scared Stiff (1953), You’re Never Too Young (1955), Hollywood or Bust (1956).

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin ended their collaboration in 1956 and each of them followed a solo career. For Martin, in meant music, TV appearances, acting, writing and producing. Lewis wrote and produced most of his movies, including The Bell Boy (1960), The Ladies Man (1961), The Nutty Professor (1963) and The Family Jewels (1965).

Jerry Lewis plays the iconic role of The Nutty Professor in 1963.