Jerry Lewis is one of the greatest living American comedians, revered in the States and Europe as a comic auteur in the tradition of Chaplin and Keaton. Born in 1926 in Newark New Jeresey, from the age of five he performed on stage alongside his parents, also comics. After splitting with Dean Martin he went on to produce, direct and star in a series of highly successful films throughout the fifties and sixties. In 1982 he was declared clinically dead after a massive heart-attack resulting from his excessive life style. He was miraculously revived and went on to continue to play important roles in modern classic films, such as Martin Scorcese's The King Of Comedy (1983) and Billy Crystal's Mr. Saturday Night (1992). He chronicles his partnership with Dean Martin in Dean and Me: A Love Story.