JERRY Lewis and Dean Martin were a world famous comedy duo for a decade, before a fued split the two apart.
Their mutual friend Frank Sinatra surprised them with an onstage reunion twenty years after their break up.
Why did Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis break up?
Known as one of the most enjoyable comedy duos in history, Dean and Jerry made their debut in 1946, splitting up exactly ten years later.
The two made 16 films together, each successful.
Between the two men, their work ethics were entirely different, which eventually led to their demise.
Jerry Lewis was more of a workaholic, while Dean Martin was known to enjoy his off time and relaxing.
Many people also viewed the comedy act as one-sided, with Jerry carrying the duo.
Another reason people think the team broke up is their wives. Dean’s second wife, Jeanne, reportedly didn’t get along with Jerry, the same going for Dean and Jerry’s wife, Patti.
Who was Dean Martin?
Born on June 7, 1917, Dean Martin was a singer, actor, and comedian.
Nicknamed the King of Cool, Dean was considered one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century.
Throughout his career, Dean appeared in over 80 television programs and films.
He began performing as a teenager, his big break coming in 1946 alongside Jerry Lewis.
Beginning in 1965, Dean hosted his own variety program, The Dean Martin Show. He also became the roastmaster on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast from 1974 until 1984.
In 1941, Martin married his first wife, Elizabeth “Betty” McDonald. The two had four children together: Craig, Claudia, Gail, and Deana.
From 1949 until 1973, Dean was married to Dorothy Jean “Jeanne” Biegger. The couple produced three children together: Dean Paul, Ricci, and Gina.
He was married to his third wife, Catherine Hawn, from 1973 until 1976.
After years of smoking, Dean was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993. He died two years later on Christmas day, of acute respiratory failure.
Who was Jerry Lewis?
Born on March 16, 1926, Jerry Lewis was a comedian, actor, filmmaker, singer, and humanitarian.
Jerry made his professional debut in 1946, alongside Dean Martin.
His solo career began in 1956 after the comedy duo split up, and Jerry ended up directing 13 out of 60 films he starred in.
He hosted the Jerry Lewis Telethon for a number of years, and was a national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
After appearing on Saturday Night Live, Jerry starred on The Jerry Lewis Show.
Jerry married Patti Palmer in 1944, and the two had six children together: Gary, Scott, Christopher, Anthony, Joseph, and Ronald.
The couple divorced in 1983, and Jerry remarried the same year to Sandra Pitnick.
At the age of 91, Jerry Lewis died in his home in Las Vegas in 2017.