Richard Lewis remembered by Larry David as 'funniest' and 'sweetest' person

By Jen Krausz on
 February 29, 2024

Standup comedian and actor Richard Lewis, who died of a heart attack on Tuesday at age 76, was remembered by Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David (also the creator of Seinfeld) on Wednesday as the "funniest person and also the sweetest."

“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,” David wrote in a statement shared by HBO. “He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.”

Lewis was known for his self-deprecating and brutally honest humor on the standup circuit for several decades, in which he talked about his neuroses and therapy experiences.

He played a fictionalized version of himself on Curb your Enthusiasm for several seasons.

Prior to Curb, he appeared in several other high-profile productions, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights as Prince John, Anything but Love, and Leaving Las Vegas.

Lewis revealed in 2023 that he had Parkinson's Disease but said in a February interview with People that he was doing "quite well" with the disease.