Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Celebrity and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Star Dies

The world of comedy is mourning the loss of Richard Lewis, the beloved stand-up comedian, and familiar face on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” who passed away at the age of 76 in his Los Angeles home due to a heart attack. Lewis, known for his neurotic and self-deprecating style of comedy, had announced his retirement from stand-up last April, revealing his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Lewis made a surprising return in Season 12 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” currently airing on HBO, after his retirement. His presence on the show spanned 24 years, portraying a semi-fictionalized version of himself.

Renowned for his dark yet animated persona, Lewis rose to fame in the 1980s and ’90s with appearances on “The Tonight Show” and the “Late Show With David Letterman.” His comedy specials on Showtime and HBO, including “I’m in Pain” (1985) and “I’m Exhausted” (1988), showcased his unique comedic flair.

Apart from his stand-up success, Lewis took on acting roles, notably starring opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the ABC sitcom “Anything but Love.” His filmography includes the 1993 comedy “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and the 1995 drama “Leaving Las Vegas.”

Lewis was transparent about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction throughout his career. His decision to get sober, influenced by John Candy’s death in 1994, became a significant chapter in his life.

Returning to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in 2021 after health struggles, Lewis expressed overwhelming joy, stating, “I’ve devoted my life to comedy and my sobriety the last almost 27 years.” Larry David, his longtime friend and co-star, paid a heartfelt tribute, saying, “Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital, and for most of my life, he’s been like a brother to me.”

HBO, in an official statement, expressed deep sorrow at Lewis’s passing, describing him as a comedic genius with unmatched brilliance, wit, and talent. Lewis leaves behind a legacy of laughter that has touched the hearts of fans worldwide.

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