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CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:23 PM
LAS VEGAS - Comedian Jerry Lewis postponed a July engagement to perform live after suffering a heart attack Sunday that a casino spokeswoman described as "mild."

"At present, he is under hospital care and is expected to make a full recovery," said Candi Cazau, spokeswoman for the Orleans hotel-casino in Las Vegas, where Lewis was to perform July 13-16.

Lewis, 80, is also suffering from "a touch of pneumonia," Cazau said in a statement.

A call to Lewis' manager, Claudia Marghilano, was not returned Tuesday.

Last week, a wise-cracking Lewis appeared healthy at a news conference in Las Vegas when he announced his first return to live performances in five years after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis, a crippling lung ailment.

He also appeared at a roasting as abbot of the Friars Club in New York on Friday, with fellow comedian Robert Klein and the Amazing Kreskin in attendance.

Lewis announced last week that he planned to direct a version of his hit 1963 comedy, "The Nutty Professor," as a musical on Broadway by October 2008.

Those plans have not changed, said executive producer Ned McLeod of The Michael Andrew Company, which bought the rights to develop the show in March.

"We support and will be by Jerry on any health issue that comes up for him as well as he would for me or Michael," McLeod said. "It's not going to affect us."

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:25 PM
Poor Jerry and his kids :sad: Its good to hear that this was just a mild heart attack. Its also good to hear that they will be sticking with Jerry for the NUTTY remake on Broadway :D Can't wait to see it :D

*JR*
Jun 14th, 2006, 11:58 PM
Jerry did a great recurring role in the TV series Wiseguy (late '80's) as a clothing manufacturer being shaken down by the mob.

http://www.tv.com/wiseguy/show/384/summary.html

And he was superb playing a Johnny Carson type character kidnapped by a wannabe comic (Robert De Niro) and a groupie (Sandra Bernhard) in 1983's The King of Comedy.

http://imdb.com/title/tt0085794

Incidentally, that movie featured a great (then new) song by The Pretenders called Back on the Chain Gang. Chrissie :worship:

Get well Jerry!

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 15th, 2006, 12:07 AM
Oh yeah...i really liked that Pretenders tune :cool: I also have a small indie movie that jerry did back in 1993 called Arizona Dream which co-starred Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway. Its one of those rare character study indie films that had a hard time getting a distributer back in the 90s. Thankfully, the dvd has been released and the film is finally getting the recognition that it deserves. Highly recomended :D :bounce:

Jakeev
Jun 15th, 2006, 11:30 AM
Glad to hear he is gonna fully recover. He has gone through so much and has helped so many lives.

I truly admire that man.

tennislover
Jun 15th, 2006, 11:56 AM
I hope he gets well soon

drake3781
Jun 15th, 2006, 04:15 PM
Who has seen the orginal "Nutty Professor"? I really want to see it..... someone I know loves this movie and I think I will too. I've looked at a video store and they didn't have it, but I think I can get it at the library. And I won't watch the remake....... not big on remakes at all.

I find Jerry kind of creepy now, but want to see all of his old stuff.

:wavey:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 15th, 2006, 07:50 PM
Who has seen the orginal "Nutty Professor"? I really want to see it..... someone I know loves this movie and I think I will too. I've looked at a video store and they didn't have it, but I think I can get it at the library. And I won't watch the remake....... not big on remakes at all.

I find Jerry kind of creepy now, but want to see all of his old stuff.

:wavey:

Yeah.. the oroginal THE NUTTY PROFESSOR is extremely funny. I would recomend it.
As far as him being creepy..well..he has been through allot of medical problems. He has some twitches and he looks physicaly different. But i definetly admire the man for what he has been through and all that he has done for those kids :D
:bounce:

Helen Lawson
Jun 15th, 2006, 08:02 PM
He made sure I got two standing ovations the night I won my Oscar, but in reality, I didn't need help from an egg-laying comedian in my hour of triumph, I would have received those two standing ovations, with or without him!