“Hey, lady!” Love him, or leave him, on this day March 16. 1926 – Jerry Lewis was born. Born Joseph Levitch, he is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis.
In addition to the duo’s popular nightclub work, they starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures. Lewis is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented. On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
1897 – Conrad Nagel (actor: The Mysterious Lady, The Kiss, The Divorcee; died Feb 24, 1970)
1906 – Henny (Henry) Youngman (comedian: “Take my wife … please.”, Joe & Dad, The Henny and Rocky Show; actor: Amazon Women on the Moon, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies, The Unkissed Bride, Goodfellas [cameo]; died Feb 24, 1998)
1920 – Leo McKern (actor: A Foreign Field, The Mouse that Roared, A Man for All Seasons, Help, Rumpole of the Bailey, Ladyhawke, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Blue Lagoon, Ryan’s Daughter; died Jul 23, 2002)
1940 – Bernardo Bertolucci (Academy Award-winning director: The Last Emperor ; Stealing Beauty, Little Buddha, Once Upon a Time in the West, Last Tango in Paris, The Grim Reaper)
1949 – Erik Estrada (actor: C.H.I.P.S., Twisted Justice, Night of the Wilding, Caged Fury, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission)
1950 – Kate Nelligan (actress: Up Close and Personal, Fatal Instinct, Eye of the Needle, Frankie and Johnny, The Prince of Tides, Dracula, The Count of Monte Cristo)
1953 – Isabelle Huppert (actress: Le Ceremonie, The Separation, Violette, Story of Women, Entre Nous)