Jerry Lewis Lands Hollywood Street Honor

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January 22, 2014 | 8:51pm EST

Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis is set to cement his place in showbiz history this April when he takes part in a hand and footprint ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The 87-year-old actor will then look back on his career achievements in an interview with actress Illeana Douglas inside the Hollywood Boulevard venue, before sitting back for a special screening of 1963’s The Nutty Professor, which he both directed and starred in.
The event will take place on 12 April as part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.
Festival host Robert Osborne says, “Jerry Lewis is a very important name whenever movie comedy is discussed and enjoyed.
“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 won’t be the only star feted at the festival’s 20th anniversary – composer/producer Quincy Jones will also be among the honorees.
January has been a good month for Lewis – he was recently announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon in February, in recognition of his TV and movie work, and his philanthropy.