A gifted performer and visionary writer and director, Jerry Lewis breathed new life into slapstick and mastered comedy as an art form. Lewis got his start as half of the comedy duo Martin and Lewis. He met Dean Martin at the Glass Hat Club in New York, where both were performing. Their partnership lasted eleven years and produced sixteen movies for Paramount Pictures. Lewis would move on to a wildly successful solo career, etching characters into comedy history to be forever imitated. The actor became equally synonymous with his philanthropic work, hosting an annual telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for more than 40 years.