Jerry Lewis to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award

The award will be presented at next month's NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Christopher Patey
Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis will receive the National Association of Broadcasters distinguished service award during the 2015 NAB Show, running April 11-16 in Las Vegas.

"We are honored to recognize not only his comedic innovation, but also his remarkable philanthropic efforts that have bettered the lives of thousands of children,” said NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith.

The iconic entertainer has appeared in more than 50 films, 13 television specials, three television series, an NBC radio show and the Broadway hit Damn Yankees.

As national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, he raised over $2 billion for patient care and research and helped coin the name "Jerry's Kids." Lewis founded the MDA Labor Day Telethon, which is the highest-grossing charitable fundraising program in the history of television. On two occasions, he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Previous award recipients of the distinguished service award include Michael J. Fox, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey.

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