The New Jersey-born performer first found stardom as Dean Martin's other half in the comedy duo Marin and Lewis, eventually finding screen fame as a solo star in films like The Nutty Professor and The King of Comedy.
In the wake of his death, many celebrities have shared their appreciation for Lewis's work and condolences to his family.
See a selection of social media homages to Lewis below.
Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 20, 2017
That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy's absolute! I am because he was! ;^D pic.twitter.com/3Zdq9xhXlE— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2017
It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He'll keep'em laffin in the ever after!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis passed today,millions around the world loved him,millions of kids he helped w/his telethons. R.I.P. &condolences 2 his family— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 20, 2017
Watching Jerry Lewis onscreen makes me laugh harder than almost anyone. His great contribution to cinema is undeniable. #RIP— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful...— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 20, 2017
How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him. pic.twitter.com/taPhl1utzO— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) August 20, 2017
Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis were two of the funniest, most legendary and prolific entertainers of our generation and I bow to their genius.— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) August 20, 2017
#RIP Jerry Lewis. A Genius. A Legend. Thanks for all the laughs.🙏🏻— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 20, 2017
As a kid, I'm pretty sure I was the biggest Jerry Lewis fan in the world. Truly. R.I.P. Jerry Lewis.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was an angel to me. Loved him & will never forget what he did for me during one of the worst times in my life. RIP, Love Roe pic.twitter.com/0OoQV4yaae— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) August 20, 2017
However you feel about Jerry Lewis I believe it's wrong for Trump to erase his legacy by giving 80,000 children a year muscular dystrophy.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) August 21, 2017
Rest In Peace Jerry Lewis. Thank you for an entire lifetime's worth of laughs. You were one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/i6PoeJkg34— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) August 21, 2017
First Dick Gregory and then Jerry Lewis. The Yin and the Yang of Comedy. I guess after this week even God was desperate for a laugh.— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis was a genius comedian, actor, director, inventor, humanitarian and, as a Las Vegan, what I miss most..https://t.co/R0uLkPOwyU— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 20, 2017
Didn't grow up on Jerry Lewis like so many people so my first experience of him was in Scorcese's coal black 'King Of Comedy'. What a movie. pic.twitter.com/BXHa9EAwMF— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis. You were blessed, and blessed us with the perfect combination of comedy and Tragedy. A perfect clown who could do it all. Rest— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) August 20, 2017
R.I.P to the legend Jerry Lewis 🙏🏾— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) August 20, 2017
I mourn the passing of my friend Jerry Lewis. He was the Friars Club's Abbott and I its Dean. He could always make me laugh. pic.twitter.com/aZ1ZmMM2Y5— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 20, 2017
Jerry Lewis, a complicated soul who made the whole world laugh has died.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 20, 2017
Always funny. Always helpful. Always honest. I will miss you Jerry Lewis. The world has lost a true innovator & icon. pic.twitter.com/mJzLbh0VFd— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) August 20, 2017