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‘The Colgate Comedy Hour’ (1950-55)

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis showed off their considerable comedy chops on this musical-variety series that featured the top acts of the day. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Jerry Lewis, 1926-2017: The comic icon's greatest roles

Joal Ryan

Jerry Lewis, the brilliant, divisive giant of comedy, died at his Las Vegas home Sunday morning at age 91. In a career that spanned nearly his entire life, Lewis played funnyman to Dean Martin; starred in, wrote, and directed the original Nutty Professor; and served as longtime host of TV’s most famous telethon. Once Hollywood’s most bankable star, Lewis fronted more than 50 movies, from the light Martin-and-Lewis fare of Artists and Models to Martin Scorsese’s darkly funny The King of Comedy. Click through for a look at his most famous — and infamous — roles.