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Joseph Levitch, 16 March 1926, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Born into a showbusiness family, Lewis was intermittently on-stage from the age of five and in his mid-teens had become a professional comedian and mimic. In 1946 he teamed up with Dean Martin, for whom Lewis has expressed great admiration. Their double act clicked instantly and they were soon one of the hottest showbusiness duos of the era. Between 1949 and 1956 they made several films, headlined numerous radio and television shows, and toured the USA performing a stand-up-comic and song act at clubs and other venues. In their routines, Lewis provided the zany and often anarchic comedy while Martin sang the songs and, in the case of the films, played the romantic lead. Although still hugely popular, personal tensions drove them to break up their act on the night of 24/25 July 1956, while playing at Manhattans Copacabana. Coincidentally, that was the tenth anniversary of their first formal appearance as...