Man, it really sucks to be one of Jerry’s Kids. And I don’t mean one of the ones with Muscular Dystrophy, they were lucky to have him. I mean it must suck to be one of Jerry Lewis’ actual kids, because he smooth wrote six of them out of his will! I mean, we know he was a salty old bird but he took that shit to a whole other level and salted his own grave.
According to the New York Daily News:
The comedy icon and host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual telethons signed a last will and testament in 2012 that excluded — by name — the sons he shared with first wife Patti Palmer, according to the blast.com.
“I have intentionally excluded Gary Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Anthony Joseph Lewis, Christopher Joseph Lewis, Scott Anthony Lewis and Joseph Christopher Lewis and their descendants as beneficiaries of my estate, it being my intention that they shall receive no benefits hereunder,” the will obtained by the website read.
Wow, he straight up called them out like he discovered that they had all been plotting to poison him. I thought that kind of stuff only happened in soap operas and Jackie Collins novels, but I guess it also happens with actual rich people. I know you too are probably picturing the family gathered together in an opulent, mahogany hued den, fresh from the funeral, all in black and anxiously waiting as the family lawyer wheels an 80’s era television set on a cart to the front of the room and hits play on the VCR. You too are picturing a bit of static as the tracking resolves and we see Jerry, back from the dead, speaking to his family through the television, reading from his will with a gleeful smile and we watch as the penny drops and the faces of his gathered family fall as they realize that the bitter old man got them in the end!
The NYDN sons that Jerry most likely left his estate to his widow SanDee Pitnick, whom he married in 1983, and their 25-year-old daughter Danielle.
Here’s a picture of Jerry with his first wife and their sons:
Jerry noted in his will that his son Joseph died in 2009 after a struggle with drug addiction. Jerry’s other son Gary blamed that death on their dad, saying that Jerry “had turned his back on Joseph” and that he “partly died of a broken heart“. With so much family drama we are just about guaranteed a Jerry Lewis biopic within the next couple of years. Maybe it will become the Daddy Dearest for the next generation.