Richard Lewis, Comedian and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Star, Dies at 76

Stand-up comedian Richard Lewis, renowned for his role alongside Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” passed away Tuesday night at his Los Angeles residence from a heart attack, as confirmed by Variety. He was 76 years old.

Richard Lewis
at the AFI Life Achievement Award “A Tribute To Mel Brooks,” Dolby Theater, Hollywood, CA 06-06-13

Lewis disclosed his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis last April, declaring his retirement from stand-up comedy. Notably, he made a return for Season 12 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” presently airing on HBO.

In 2021, Lewis opted out of Season 11 due to health recovery from three surgeries but surprised audiences with a cameo appearance, expressing gratitude for the warm reception on set. Throughout his career, Lewis portrayed a semi-fictionalized version of himself, exhibiting a neurotic, self-deprecating comedic style.

His repertoire includes notable appearances on “The Tonight Show” and the “Late Show With David Letterman.” Lewis graced the small screen with memorable roles in the ABC sitcom “Anything but Love” alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and other ’90s sitcoms.

Lewis’ film credits include “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” and “Hugo Pool.” His candidness about battling drug and alcohol addiction resonated with audiences, reflecting on his recovery journey.

Larry David expressed deep sorrow over Lewis’ passing, highlighting their profound friendship. HBO conveyed heartfelt condolences, acknowledging Lewis’ comedic brilliance and indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Joyce Lapinsky.

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