He has a net worth of $7 million and is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Lewis is most known for his stand-up comedy and his guest appearances on shows like “Anything But Love” (1989–1992) on ABC and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000–present) on HBO (2000–present). He started out as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s while working as an advertising executive during the day.
The Richard Lewis ‘I’m in Pain’ Concert (1985), The I’m Exhausted Concert (1988), I’m Doomed (1990), and The Magical Misery Tour (2005) are all comedy specials in which Richard starred (1996). He has been in more than 55 films and TV shows, including “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993) and “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995), as well as “Daddy Dearest” (1993), “Hiller and Diller” (1997-1998), and “7th Heaven” (1999). (2002–2004).
Lewis penned and executive produced both “The Tortoise and the Scare” episode of “Daddy Dearest” and the 2014 documentary “House of a Lifetime: Richard Lewis.”
The Other Great Depression: How I’m Overcoming, on a Daily Basis, at Least a Million Addictions and Dysfunctions and Finding a Spiritual (Sometimes) Life” was published in 2000, and Richard authored and appeared in the TV movie “Diary of a Young Comic” in 1979. On Comedy Central’s list of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Lewis ranked #45 in 2004.
Richard Lewis Early Life
On June 29, 1947, in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, Richard Philip Lewis became the world we know today as Richard Lewis. Richard’s mother worked in the entertainment industry, while his father had a catering business. In a conversation in 2015, “When asked about his childhood in an interview with New Jersey Monthly, Lewis stated, “I didn’t see my father very often.”
Because of his immense popularity as a caterer, my family was unable to get his services for my bar mitzvah, which took place on a Tuesday. Discuss having a low opinion of oneself. By the time I was in junior high school, my sister and brother had already left the house, and my father had passed away at a young age.
My mother and I were the only ones there, and we did not get along very well. She didn’t get me.” Richard went to Dwight Morrow High School while he was growing up in Englewood, which is located in New Jersey. After receiving his diploma in 1965, he immediately enrolled at Ohio State University and became a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity there. In 1969, Lewis graduated from college with a degree in marketing and communications.
At the age of 12, he was introduced to Larry David while he was attending summer camp. Richard said the following about Larry in an interview with Howard Stern: “I detested him. Never saw him again after that until I started doing stand-up comedy. Became best pals.” Naturally, David went on to create “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and cast Richard Lewis in the character that would become one of the most iconic performances of his career.
Richard Lewis Career
Lewis started his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s, and he made multiple appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman” (a late-night talk show) throughout the 1980s. In 1979, he made his debut as an actor in the television movie “Diary of a Young Comic,” and in the same year, he also participated in the television movie “The 416th.” Both of these roles were lead roles.
After that, Richard appeared as a guest star on the television shows “House Calls” (1980), “Riptide” (1986), and “Tattinger’s” (1988), in addition to making appearances in the motion picture “The Wrong Guys” (1988) and “That’s Adequate” (1989). He played Richard Breskin on the ABC sitcom “Harry” in 1987.
From 1989 to 1992, he co-starred in “Anything But Love” with Jamie Lee Curtis. The show had a total of 56 episodes spread out across its four seasons. In 1992, Lewis had roles in the movies “Once Upon a Crime…” and “The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story,” both of which were made for television.
The next year, he portrayed Prince John in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” made guest appearances on “Tribeca” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” and co-starred in the Fox sitcom “Daddy Dearest” alongside Don Rickles. Richard has made appearances in the movies “Wagons East” (1994), “Drunks” (1995), “The Elevator” (1996), “Hugo Pool” (1997), “The Maze” (1997), and “Game Day” (1999).
Additionally, he co-starred alongside Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue in the 1995 film “Leaving Las Vegas,” which received widespread critical acclaim. In the 1990s, he also had guest-starring roles on the television shows “Tales from the Crypt” (1994) and “V.I.P.” (1999), portrayed Edgar Allan Poe on the television show “A.J.’s Time Travelers” (1995), and had a recurring role as Harve Schwartz on the television show “Rude Awakening” which aired on Showtime (1998).
Lewis started portraying a semi-autobiographical version of himself on the show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in the year 2000, and as of the time of this writing, he has appeared in 39 episodes of the show. In the nine episodes of “7th Heaven” that aired on The WB between 2002 and 2004, he played the role of Rabbi Richard Glass.
Around the same time, he also appeared as a guest star on the television shows “Alias” (2003), “Two and a Half Men” (2004), “The Dead Zone” (2004), “Las Vegas” (2005), “George Lopez” (2005), and “Everybody Hates Chris” (2006). Richard has made appearances in the movies “Sledge: The Untold Story” (2005) and “Vamps” (2012).
Additionally, he co-starred in the film “She’s Funny That Way” alongside Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, and Will Forte (2014). After making an appearance in the documentary “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project” in 2007, he went on to have recurring appearances on Fox’s “Til Death” (2010) and the Starz sitcom “Blunt Talk” (2015). Most recently, he played alongside Adam Sandler in the film “Sandy Wexler” in 2017.
Additionally, Lewis has provided his voice for a number of animated productions, including “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist” (1997), “The Simpsons” (2006), and “BoJack Horseman” (2018).
Richard Lewis Personal Life
In January 2005, Richard and Joyce Lapinsky got hitched. After falling off his roof in 2016, Lewis broke his hand, and the incident “launched a two-year path into four or five surgery.” He had surgery in September 2019 to ease agonizing back pain, then in January 2020, he stumbled while coming out of the pool and broke his shoulder, necessitating yet another procedure.
Unfortunately, Richard’s health issues prevented him from participating in the majority of season 11 of “What a journey, LD! Curb Your Enthusiasm,” he tweeted in January 2021. Love you, my friend. Sadly, I’ve had to undergo back and shoulder surgeries over the past 18 months, making it impossible for me to participate in season 11 of #curbyourenthusiasm. I’ll be looking at…” Lewis revealed that he would be in one episode a few months later.
Richard tweeted on his 27th anniversary of sobriety in August 2021 “On August 3, 1994, I believed my drinking had brought me close to death. I was taken to the emergency room early the following morning, where I began to rebuild my life, sometimes a day at a time.”
Richard Lewis Award Nominations
In 1989, Lewis was recognized for his contribution to “The I’m Exhausted Concert” by being nominated for a CableACE Award in the category of Writing a Comedy Special. His performance in the quality comedy series “Anything But Love” garnered him a nomination for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series from the Viewers for Quality Television Awards in 1991.
Richard, along with his fellow cast members on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2006. This nomination was shared with Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, and Shelley Berman.
Richard Lewis Property
In November of 2016, Lewis listed his Hollywood Hills property, which had a total area of 2,508 square feet, for sale at a price of $1.56 million. Richard paid $720,000 for the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 1989, and he resold it in January 2017 for $1.354 million, as indicated by the property records. Eddie Albert, star of the television show “Green Acres,” has lived in this house in the past.