Jerry Lewis Immortalized In Cement At Chinese Theatre





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Published on Apr 13, 2014

Comic actor Jerry Lewis was immortalized in cement Saturday (April 12), in a hands and feet ceremony in the courtyard of the famed Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Lewis joins the likes of legendary Hollywood celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne, who have all left their imprint in cement at the tinseltown tourist hotspot, as well as comic actors Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, and Abbot and Costello.

The 88-year-old star of "The Nutty Professor" proved he still had his comic genius as he had the audience in stitches during his remarks, when he played a stagehand for some laughs.

"Thank you. Wait a minute, what am I going to lean on? Where are you going with the goddamn leaning?" Said Lewis, to a young man who had taken the podium off the stage. "Get that the hell off of here. Give it back, give it back, come on. Give it back, put it over here. No there. Put it over here. How long have you been in show business?" He said, leaving the audience, including director Quentin Tarantino, laughing.

"What a motley looking group, my god," said Lewis, to the audience. "It's so nice though that you're all here, it's so wonderful. After this, we're going to my house for coffee."

After he spoke, Tarantino told the audience that Jerry Lewis was the ultimate comic actor that he and his classmates looked up to.

"For every kid, everyone, girl or boy, in my elementary school, we only had one favorite movie star, there was only one adult movie star that we knew," said Tarantino. "He was the children's movie star, kids really responded to Jerry Lewis, and he was theirs, and he was, for six, seven different generations."

Working in entertainment since a young boy, when he was born to a father and mother who had worked in vaudeville, Lewis first shot to fame when he was in a comedy pair with actor Dean Martin in the 1940s. He then became a household name as a actor/director in the 1960s with films like "The Ladies Man," "The Errand Boy," and "The Patsy," before his signature role in 1963's "The Nutty Professor."

He also gained worldwide attention as host for 40 years of the annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but he has also had some public missteps, most notably by using anti-gay slurs on television during his annual telethon in 2007 and in a news conference in Australia in 2008.

Lewis's hand and foot print ceremony coincides with the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, which is honoring his contributions to film. The festival runs April 10-13 in Hollywood.

TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, has been a top Hollywood tourist destination since 1927, hosting world-class film premieres and housing the hand and footprints of the biggest stars in showbiz in its courtyard.


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