I think he had talent and that his work for the MDA was amazing. Beyond that, I cannot judge him.
He was very funny, but I think he had a darker side. It will probably come put in tell all books now that he has passed.
Sweet andy griffith was a dick to and about women, too.
I experienced him first hand.
Many from that generation were/are clueless, crass and mean.
I think he was very talented and did some real good. Like all of us, he had his flaws. May he rest in peace.
I'm not going to say anything bad about him. I personally think that he was a great man.
The news just said that he raised almost a billion dollars for MDA.
I've loved that guy for my entire life. I can't believe people are judging him.
I just read through this, i dont see any judgement. You seeing it elsewhere?
He wasnt a bad guy, said some off putting things sometimes, but many do/did from his generation.
I just didnt enjoy his comedy.
Isn't the premise of the post by the author inferring that Jerry was making fun of the handicapped in his comedy? He was just acting like a silly child.
The later news tonight said the amount he raised was a billion and a half dollars.
As a kid I never really got into his comedy, but as other said he made a huge contribution to MDA.
Wasnt fond of his comedy.
I've never liked his comedy.
I agree, he just made silly faces and people laughed.
I think for me he was just overshadowed by Movie Greats like Sinatra & Dean
He was OK when he was with Dean Martin, but after they broke up, I thought he was rather bland and not funny.
I really have no significant memories of him like I do Sinatra , Dean , Sammy Davis Junior and so many others. Maybe because I'm British.
He always did a Labor Day marathon for muscular dystrophy and made a lot of money for the cause....that's what I remember most about him.
Nice to see your pretty avi back up
A good way to be remembered
I've been told my avatars are too sexy, and I'm trying to get attention. lol Go figure that crap.
Thanks, it's very colorful.... probably too sexy for some prudes on this site...lol lol
I have one thing to say before I hit the hay
Thanks Ser, my sentiments exactly. lol We have some jealous prudes on this site. lol
I just watched his last interview lolz
he was a Cantankerous old Codger all the way thru it
Well when one gets to be 90, I guess they can be cantankerous and get away with it. lol
Well cantank away. lol This is the site for it.
You are cruel, CT would never have called me a dullard.
Jerry Lewis telethons raised over 2.5 billion dollars. (If that alone doesn't speak for itself, it should.)
While I am not a big Jerry Lewis fan, there were a few movies he made I liked. There was no way he was making fun of people suffering from any disease. Those who believe that are just trying to read something into it that simply isn't there.
Lewis' style of comedy was not that unusual for the time period and it didn't "target" anyone or any group. He usually played a quirky simpleton, that was often the victim of his own naivety, the same as others like; Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Abbot and Costello, and in more recent years, Steve Martin, and others.
RIP Jerry Lewis.
I think in today's world, his humor would be politically incorrect, but back in the day, it was taken to be humor and a desire to make people laugh. I think underneath, he was a very good guy and his tireless efforts for muscular dystrophy helped many people live better lives. I wonder if now that he has died, there will be an explanation for why he worked so hard for MDA. He would never say the reason.
I don't know. But...just like Michael Jackson... RIP.
I wasn't a fan of his but I had nothing against him. He did great things for MDA,
perhaps to make up for his early humor? Just let him RIP.
When I was a kid I watched his movies with Dean Martin. I thought he was hilarious.
Time passed and Lewis got tired of playing 2nd fiddle to Martin - split up the act. It seemed to me that Lewis got full of himself and became kind of a dick.
Thanks for the early laughs Jerry!
Where did the rest of us spend Labor Day weekend for decades.His good outweighed his bad many thousands of children benefited from his work.Let his mistakes be buried with him show some gratitude perfect people of the internet.