Actor and comedian Richard Lewis dies at 76

LOS ANGELES, CA – The entertainment world mourns the loss of Richard Lewis, a revered comedian and actor, who died at the age of 76, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. Known for his roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Anything but Love,” Lewis passed away in his Los Angeles home after suffering a heart attack.

Lewis, a pillar of the comedy world, made his debut on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1974. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease since April 2023, a fact he shared with the public. His role in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” often mirrored his real life, where he starred alongside his longtime friend Larry David.

Lewis’s career trajectory saw a shift in the 1980s as he transitioned from stand-up comedy to acting roles. He starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in “Anything but Love,” played Prince John in Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” and took on a dramatic role as a struggling alcoholic in “Drunks” in 1995.

In a statement, HBO, the network behind “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” mourned the loss of Lewis, praising his “comedic brilliance, wit, and talent.” They added, “Richard will always be a cherished member of the HBO and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ families.”

Lewis’s decision to portray himself on “Curb” was a suggestion from show creator David. Their friendship, dating back to their 20s, was instrumental in Lewis joining the cast of “Curb.”

Lewis, a Brooklyn native who grew up in New Jersey, attended Ohio State University. He began his career writing ad copy and jokes for comedians before launching his stand-up career. Lewis was candid about his battles with alcoholism and addiction, often weaving these themes into his comedy.

Joyce Lapinsky, Lewis’s wife, thanked everyone for the “love, friendship, and support” and requested privacy during this challenging time.