Still Nutty

At 86, Jerry Lewis Sets His Sights On Broadway

Marco Grob for TIME

Portrait of Jerry Lewis photographed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, August 2, 2012.

The Dyed-black hair is now fully gray, the face jowly and furrowed, but Jerry Lewis keeps going at a pace that would make much younger men wheeze. At 86, he still travels the U.S. to do a one-man stage show (the latest, in early July, at the FireLake Grand Casino in Shawnee, Okla.); pops in and out of New York City for events at the Friars Club, which keeps coming up with new ways of honoring him; gets rushed to the hospital; recuperates; and bounces back for more.

Now America's most outspoken clown is pursuing one last, and some would say...

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