It was July 25, 1946; the height of the holiday season in Atlantic City, and an historical day in the entertainment industry.
It was July 25, 1946; the height of the holiday season in Atlantic City, and an historical day in the entertainment industry. It was the day comedian Jerry Lewis began a business partnership with Dean Martin at the famed 500 Club in Atlantic City. That day, the dynamic duo treated audiences to their hysterical ad-libbing skills, jokes, insults and overall comical chemistry; which eventually set both men on a path to stardom. Now, 67 years later, Lewis will again return to the resort town for two scheduled appearances at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21.
Known for his slapstick humor on the stage, radio, film, and television; the New Jersey native has enjoyed an 80 year career. Over the decades the 87-year old has earned numerous awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the Venice Film Festival and the American Comedy Awards. Lewis received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors in 2005, which is the highest Emmy Award presented. He was also awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009.
The legendary comedian made over 50 films and more than 30 TV appearances during his career. In addition to perfecting his trademark comedy routines, acting and singing, Lewis was also a film director, screenwriter and film producer. Some beloved Lewis-Martin films include My Friend Irma, The Stooge, Road to Bali, The Caddy, Youâ€™re Never Too Young, and Hollywood or Bust along with fan favorites of classic Lewis films like The Delicate Delinquent, Rock-A-Bye Baby, The Geisha Boy, The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, Itâ€™s Only Money, Whoâ€™s Minding the Store?, The Disorderly Orderly, and The Family Jewels.
With his zany comedy, knack for playing many different types of characters, and on-screen antics; Lewis has offered people an escape from reality to another world through his films with many laughs along the way.
Jerry Lewis will appear at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in the Music Box on Friday, September 20 at 8PM and Saturday, September 21 at 8PM. Go to www.theborgata.com to purchase tickets.
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