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Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis was born on June 29, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Englewood, New Jersey and later graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in marketing and communication. After college, he worked in an advertising agency writing copy. During this time, he also wrote jokes for standup comics and eventually started to perform standup himself.

Following an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1974, he took his comedy show on the road. In 1977, Lewis made his acting debut in the comedic short Diary of a Young Comic, which he also wrote. The short first aired during the Saturday Night Live time slot. With the success of these projects, he appeared on numerous late-night talk shows and filmed three television specials from his performances in his touring comedy show.

After years spent on the road, he landed a part in the series Anything but Love in 1989. Over his career, he has found success in television and movies. Lewis's acting credits include Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Leaving Las Vegas, The Maze, Hiller and Diller, Rude Awakening, Game Day, 7th Heaven, Two and a Half Men and V.I.P. His work on Curb Your Enthusiasm earned him several award nominations, including one from the Screen Actors Guild.

Lewis published his autobiography The Other Great Depression, which describes his recovery from addiction, in 2001. His writings have also been featured in Playboy and other national publications.

Lewis is married to Joyce Lapinsky.

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Character Bio

Lewis plays a fictionalized version of himself. He is a recovering alcoholic who has numerous but short affairs with beautiful women. He and Larry are close friends but have a tumultuous and complicated relationship.

Curb Your Enthusiasm TV Schedule

June 1
The Shrimp Incident
Larry suspects that HBO exec Allan Wasserman stole shrimp from his Chinese food, and he can't leave the subject alone when pitching a new show with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Later, Larry is labeled a misogynist.
The Thong
Richard and Larry plot to end their relationship with their shrink after seeing him in a thong on the beach. Meanwhile, Rob Reiner convinces Larry to participate in a celebrity auction to benefit Groats Syndrome.
June 8
The Acupuncturist
Larry convinces a dying man to cut his son out of his will; incidentally, the son owes Larry $5,000. Meanwhile, Larry makes a deal with his acupuncturist to pay him $5,000 if he can make his neck pain better.
The Doll
After successfully pitching his project to ABC, Larry attends a pair of mini-series screenings where he cuts the hair off of a beloved doll belonging to the daughter of a key executive.