Joseph Lewis (Klewan) (1902 - 1971) MP

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Birthplace: New York, New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Cause of death: alcohol related complications
Occupation: Comedian, actor
Managed by: Erica Isabel Howton, (c)
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About Joseph Lewis (Klewan)

"Money doesn't buy happiness but it calms the nerves."

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Actor Joe E. Lewis (born Joseph Klewan) was the vitim of a botched mob hit in 1927, after refusing a request by Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn, an Al Capone lieutenant. McGurn asked Lewis to renew a contract that would bind him to performing at Chicago's Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. The Lounge (on Broadway and Lawrence, still operating in 2008) was partly owned by Capone. Lewis refused, because he had been offered more money by a rival gang to appear at their own club, The Rendezvous. He was assaulted in his hotel room, mutilated in an attempt to slit his throat and left for dead. It took him a few years to learn to speak and sing again. The story was the basis for The Joker Is Wild (1957) starring Frank Sinatra as Lewis.

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Joe E. Lewis's Timeline

January 12, 1902
New York, New York, New York, United States
Age 43
Age 45
June 4, 1971
Age 69
New York, New York, New York, United States
Age 68
Paramus, Bergen, New Jersey, United States