Jerry Lewis to Be Saluted at TCM Classic Film Festival

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The April event in Hollywood will feature a hand and footprint ceremony outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, a screening of “The Nutty Professor” and a Q&A with the audience.

Legendary actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Jerry Lewis will take center stage in April at the fifth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

Lewis, 87, will participate in a hand and footprint ceremony in front of refurbished TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday, April 12, and attend a screening of The Nutty Professor (1963), which he starred in and directed.

As a prelude to the classic comedy, Lewis will join actress Illeana Douglas onstage for an interview, then take questions from the audience.

"Jerry Lewis is a very important name whenever movie comedy is discussed and enjoyed," TCM host Robert Osborne, who also serves as the official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, said in a statement. "Jerry has provided the world with great merriment and laughter, while also showing, in such films as Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, what an exceptional dramatic actor he can be.

"Add to that his many credits as a popular director, producer and writer, and you see the reasons we are pleased to be able to honor him for his more than 60 years of contributions to the world of motion pictures."

Lewis' celebrated films also include The Bellboy (1960), Cinderfella (1960), The Errand Boy (1961), The Disorderly Orderly (1964), The Family Jewels (1965) and 16 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis films between 1949 and 1956. He received an honorary Oscar in 2012.

For more than 60 years, Lewis also has been the driving force behind the fight against muscular dystrophy, raising more than $2 billion for patient care and research.

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This will mark the fourth consecutive year TCM has featured a concrete ceremony at the theater formerly known as the Grauman's Chinese; others honored were Peter O'Toole, Kim Novak and, last year, Jane Fonda.

The TCM Classic Film Festival takes place April 10-13 and coincides with TCM's 20th anniversary.

The 2014 fest also will pay tribute to Quincy Jones, who will appear at multiple events, including a 50th anniversary screening of Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker (1964), which marked Jones' debut as a film composer.

There also will be screenings of the recently restored Gone With the Wind (1939); The Wizard of Oz (1939) in its new Imax 3D format; Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944); William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946); and Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958).

In addition, the festival will screen the Harold Lloyd comedy classic Why Worry? (1923), with legendary silent-film composer Carl Davis conducting the live world premiere performance of his new original score.

Additional screenings and events for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will be announced. Passes can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website here.

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