By: Omair Alavi
The death of Jerry Lewis has saddenned his millions of fans all around the world and have brought an end to an era of versatility that saw the veteran actor play both comedy and serious roles with ease. Yes, he is known more for his comic timings and funny faces but when he was cast in serious roles, Jerry didn’t disappoint. Let’s take a look at the Different Shades of Jerry Lewis where he excels like a genius:
The Bellboy – Conducting Scene (1960)
Jerry Lewis’s first film as a director had him play a Bellboy who doesn’t speak in most of the film; he goes from one situation to another during the entire run of the movie and this scene shows his genius as he conducts an orchestra without anyone present.
The Disorderly Orderly – Car Chase (1964)
And then there is the scene that hasn’t been bettered in the last 50 years … Jerry Lewis riding a stretcher through a busy highway. Watch it to believe it!
The King of Comedy – Kidnapping Scene (1983)
Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis together … now that’s something to look forward to because one is playing a successful TV host while the other is a standup comedian looking for a break. The comedian kidnaps the host to become famous and this scene shows brilliant chemistry between the two legendary actors.
Wiseguy – Postcard from Morocco (1988)
It was Stephen J Cannell’s Wiseguy that brought Jerry Lewis back on TV in a role that was least expected from him. He plays a Jewish businessman who gets arrested for a crime he didn’t commit!
Max Rose (2016)
Last year Jerry Lewis made a comeback to acting at the age of 90 and won over the audience with his natural acting and brilliant comic timing (in a few scenes). Those who had grown up watching him were surprised by his mature performance and were hoping for more such films featuring him.