Lewis had a heart for kids and comedy

Jerry Lewis passed away at the age of 91 on Aug. 20. Lewis is probably best known for his comedic pairings with Dean Martin, starting with 1950’s “At War With the Army.”  The duo made 15 movies together.

Lewis also raised more than $2 billion for the Muscular Dystrophy Association over 44 years.

After his split with Martin, Lewis worked on a number of solo projects, includingThe Geisha Boy” (1958), “The Bellboy” 1960's “Cinderfella” and 1963’s “TheNutty Professor.”

 Jerry Lewis and Ashley Antolak during the muscular dystrophy telethon.

Jerry Lewis and Ashley Antolak during the muscular dystrophy telethon.

He made a return to the big screen in “Slapstick of Another Kind,” shot in 1982, but not released to the public until 1984.

Lewis returned to the screen in 1982’s “The King of Comedy,” in which he played Jerry Langford, a talk show host in the Johnny Carson vein.   Directed by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese, his talk show character is kidnapped by Robert DeNiro’s unhinged performer, Rupert Pupkin, and his co-hort, Sandra Bernhard.

He also appeared in Billy Crystal’s pet project “Mr. Saturday Night” in 1992 and 1995’s “The Funny Bones,” the animated entries of 2008’s “The Nutty Professor” and “Curious George 2:  Follow That Monkey.”  2016’s “The Trust” were also part of his legacy.