Comedian Richard Lewis, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star, dead at 76

Comedian Richard Lewis, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star, dead at 76

Renowned comedian and actor Richard Lewis, celebrated for his self-deprecating humor and sharp wit in iconic shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Anything but Love,” has passed away at the age of 76, as confirmed by his publicist Jeff Abraham. Lewis peacefully departed at his Los Angeles residence on Tuesday night following a heart attack.

In April of 2023, Lewis bravely disclosed his battle with Parkinson’s disease, adding another layer of depth to his already illustrious career.

Establishing himself as a fixture in the late-night comedy circuit, Lewis made his debut appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1974, earning acclaim as a comic’s comic.

On screen, Lewis notably portrayed himself alongside his close friend Larry David in the acclaimed series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where his comedic brilliance shone through. His versatile talent extended beyond comedy, with memorable roles in various productions including the sitcom “Anything but Love” alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Mel Brooks’ comedic masterpiece “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” where he portrayed Prince John. In the dramatic realm, Lewis delivered a poignant performance as a struggling alcoholic in the 1995 film “Drunks.”

HBO, where Lewis made a lasting impact with his contributions to “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” paid tribute to his unparalleled comedic genius, expressing heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and devoted fans.

Lewis’ enduring friendship with Larry David was a cornerstone of his life, transcending the boundaries of the screen. Reflecting on their profound bond, Lewis revealed that the decision to portray himself on “Curb” was David’s brainchild, providing a unique platform for their unfiltered expressions.

Larry David, deeply moved by the loss of his dear friend, fondly remembered Lewis as both the funniest person and the sweetest. Their bond, rooted in decades of shared experiences, enriched both their personal and professional lives.

Hailing from Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Lewis embarked on his comedy journey after attending Ohio State University. Candid and authentic, Lewis openly discussed his battles with alcoholism and addiction, shedding light on his journey to sobriety in 1994, which transformed his comedy career.

For five decades, Lewis graced stages with his stand-up performances, infusing his personal struggles and neuroses into his act with unapologetic honesty. Despite wrestling with perpetual discontent, Lewis cherished the joys of life, expressing gratitude for his loving wife, Joyce Lapinsky, and the unwavering support of friends and fans.

As the world mourns the loss of a comedic legend, Lewis’ legacy endures through his timeless humor and profound impact on the entertainment industry. In this moment of grief, his family requests privacy as they navigate this difficult time.