Oscar 2008: Jerry Lewis Recipient of AMPAS Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Dec 10, 2008–Comedian-actor-philanthropist Jerry Lewis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the February 22, 2009 Oscar ceremony.

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the award “is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Lewis began making televised appeals on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. in the early 1950s and has been the organization's national chairman since 1952.

Previously, Lewis had won the Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association .