Jerry Lewis

by ethnic on November 1, 2009

16th Annual NBS Scholarship Gala NBA Scholarship Dinner - Jerry Lewis Receives the Nevada Broadcasters' Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Birth Name: Joseph or Jerome Levitch

Date of Birth: March 16, 1926

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: August 20, 2017

Place of Death: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jerry Lewis was an American actor, comedian, singer, writer, director, producer, and humanitarian. He was part of the comedy duo Martin and Lewis, with Dean Martin.

His parents, entertainers Rachel “Ray” (Brodsky) and Daniel Levitch, were both from Jewish families (from Poland and Russia). His father was born in New York. His mother was born in Russia, and moved to the U.S. around 1904.

Jerry had seven children, one with his wife, dancer SanDee Pitnick, and six with his former wife, singer Patti Palmer (born Esther Grace Calonico). Among his children with Patti is musician Gary Lewis.

Jerry’s paternal grandparents were Morris Levitch and Hannah Werstein (the daughter of Yitzchak/Yitzhak Leib “Isaac” Werstein and Lena). Morris was a Jewish emigrant, from either Poland or Russia, depending on the census, and was the son of Lazarus Werstein and Leah Rose Theintj. Hannah was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Jerry’s maternal grandparents were Jonah/Joseph/Josef Brodsky (the son of Baruch Tzvi) and Sarah Kaufman (the daughter of Abraham Kaufman). Jonah and Sarah were both Russian Jewish immigrants. Sarah was born in Mazowieckie.

Sources: Genealogies of Jerry Lewis –

Jerry’s paternal grandparents, Morris Levitch and Hannah Werstein, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jerry’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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fuzzybear44 August 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

honestly, I had no idea he was still alive. However R.I.P

andrew June 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm


Alexa Blumenstock November 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Correction: Jerry’s father was named “Daniel,” not “Jerome.” Some of the census record claim that Jerry’s original name was Jerome instead of Joseph, though.

follers November 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Thank you for the correction. And yes, there appears to be some disagreement about his birth name.

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