skip navigation
Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Richard Lewis - NOT AVAILABLE

Find what your looking for faster use the search field below to shop for titles.

SEARCH TCM.COM/SHOP


OR ... Click here to VOTE > for this person to be released on Home Video



Also Known As: Richard Philip Lewis Died:
Born: June 29, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer, producer

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Actor and comedian Richard Lewis turned misery from a state of mind into a lengthy and lucrative career. A stand-up comic whose stream-of-consciousness riffs earned him both a loyal audience and the respect of his peers, Lewis was named by both GQ magazine and the Comedy Central cable channel as one of the best and most influential comics of the last century. And though comedy continued to be his most popular creative outlet - most notably via his live performances, taped specials, and on the HBO improv series "Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000- ) - he made a seemingly effortless leap to dramatic projects as well.

Actor and comedian Richard Lewis turned misery from a state of mind into a lengthy and lucrative career. A stand-up comic whose stream-of-consciousness riffs earned him both a loyal audience and the respect of his peers, Lewis was named by both GQ magazine and the Comedy Central cable channel as one of the best and most influential comics of the last century. And though comedy continued to be his most popular creative outlet - most notably via his live performances, taped specials, and on the HBO improv series "Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000- ) - he made a seemingly effortless leap to dramatic projects as well.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
4.
 Maze, The (1997)
5.
 Drunks (1996) Jim
6.
 Weekend in the Country, A (1996) Bobby Stein
7.
 Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Peter
8.
 Wagons East! (1994) Phil Taylor
9.
 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Prince John
10.
 Danger of Love, The (1992) Edward Sanders
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
Raised in Englewood, New Jersey
:
Worked for four years after graduating college as head copywriter at a New Jersey advertising agency
1972:
Made Greenwich Village club debut as stand-up comedian
1976:
Appeared as a regular on the CBS variety program, "The Sonny and Cher Show"
1979:
Co-wrote and starred in "Diary of a Young Comic" which pre-empted an episode of "Saturday Night Live" and attracted favorable attention
:
Wrote pilots and comedy material for television; acted in some of them
1982:
Made first of over 50 appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman"
1986:
Starred in first cable special, "I'm in Pain"
1987:
Played supporting role of Richard on short-lived ABC sitcom, "Harry", starring Alan Arkin
1988:
Co-starred in slapstick comedy feature film, "Wrong Guys" opposite fellow comedians Louie Anderson and Richard Belzer
:
Appeared in two sequels to successful cable special: "The Richard Lewis 'I'm Exhausted' Concert" (1988) and "I'm Doomed" (1990)
:
Starred as Marty Gold opposite Jamie Lee Curtis on popular ABC sitcom, "Anything But Love"
1990:
Played to a standing-room-only audience at New York's Carnegie Hall
1993:
Starred as Steven Mitchell opposite Don Rickles on the Fox-TV sitcom, "Daddy Dearest"; also co-executive produced
:
Co-starred with Kevin Nealon in the ABC sitcom "Hiller and Diller"
2002:
Had recurring role of a rabbi on the popular series "7th Heaven" (The WB)
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Ohio State University: Columbus , Ohio -
Dwight Morrow High School: Englewood , New Jersey - 1965

Notes

In addition to his cable specials, other comedy and comic documentary specials Lewis has performed on or hosted include "The Facts" (1982), "Comic Relief 3", "The Montreal International Comedy Festival" (both 1989), "The World of Jewish Humor", "Comic Relief 4" (both 1990), "Living Against the Odds" (for which he also supplied additional written material) and "American Saturday Night" (both 1991). Lewis also refers to his three comedy specials, "I'm in Pain", "I'm Exhausted" and "I'm Doomed" as his "trilogy from hell".

Lewis has appeared on GQ's list of the "most influential American humorists of the 20th century."

Much of Lewis's humor makes specific references to his Jewish upbringing: "I once dated a girl who was called Rosh Hashana 'Benihana'" or "My mother has a menorah on a dimmer" or "My father catered my bar mitzvah. He was a great caterer, but the sad thing was that he was booked on the weekends, so I had to have my bar mitzvah party on a Tuesday night--that's when the low self-esteem started. But the party was phenomenal. We had ice sculptures of people wringing their necks and another of my grandmother taking her teeth out. As party favors we gave out coupons to various mental health facilities." Lewis, however, insists that his humor is not particularly Jewish. "I'm not doing Yiddish theater up there. I think there are a lot of Jewish mothers out there who are Italian. I deal more with the dynamic of feeling crummy than being Jewish."

Lewis's official ABC biography concludes with the line, "In his spare time, Richard worries." Lewis has reportedly spent nearly a quarter of a million dollar on analysis since 1975. Commenting on the rate at which he goes through therapists, Lewis noted, "Most of my therapists have retired. The last one retired and I guess I was the straw that broke the camel's back. And she was only 18. ... she had her whole career ahead of her."

Family close complete family listing

father:
William Lewis. Caterer.
mother:
Blanche Lewis.
sister:
Janet Lewis. Born c. 1936.
brother:
Robert Lewis. Born c. 1941.
VIEW COMPLETE FAMILY LISTING

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Other Great Depression" Public Affairs

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute