Jerry Lewis to Receive NAB Distinguished Service Award

Jerry Lewis
Christopher Patey

Lewis has enjoyed something of a career resurgence this spring. In March, two of his one-man shows sold out at the 2,400-seat La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in La Mirada, Calif.; in April, his hand- and footprints finally were stamped in cement outside Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre; later that day, he was a guest of honor at the TCM Classic Film Festival, participating in a Q-and-A at the El Capitan Theatre following a screening of the 1963 comedy classic The Nutty Professor, which Lewis calls "my baby." A 50th anniversary collectors' edition Blu-ray box set of Nutty was released June 3.

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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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