Richard Lewis

Actor, Comedian, Writer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1947 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Blunt Talk 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

She's Funny That Way 2015 (Movie)

Al Patterson (Actor)

Inside Comedy 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Looking for Lenny 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Vamps 2012 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

'Til Death 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cleaner 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Guest

Everybody Hates Chris 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drug Years 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

George Lopez 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Candid Camera 1997 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Confessions of an Action Star 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dead Zone 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two and a Half Men 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

When Stand-Up Comics Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Alias 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Presidio Med 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy Dearest 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

John Candy: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Prism Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rude Awakening 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Elevator 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hiller and Diller 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Lewis: The Magical Misery Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Makes You Laugh? 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A.J.'s Time Travelers 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Buster Keaton: Genius in Slapshoes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Club Superstars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Just For Laughs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nichols and May -- Take Two 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Maze 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Future Quest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Leaving Las Vegas 1995 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The A-List 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Borrowers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of TV's Censored Bloopers 2 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Wagons East! 1994 (Movie)

Phil Taylor (Actor)

A Day in the Life of Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Prince John (Actor)

The Danger of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything But Love 1988 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Here He Is... The One, The Only... Groucho 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon A Crime 1992 (Movie)

Julian Peters (Actor)

The 14th Annual Young Comedians Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Years... Later 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Saturday Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 95th Birthday Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Living Against the Odds 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual ACE Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Elvis Files 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jewish Humor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Montreal International Comedy Festival 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Lewis: "I'm Doomed" 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Adequate 1989 (Movie)

Pimples (Actor)

The 10th Annual ACE Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Toast to the Improv 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Lewis: "I'm Exhausted" 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrong Guys 1988 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Harry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Building 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Lewis I'm in Pain Concert 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fact 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The 416th 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sonny and Cher Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

A Weekend in the Country (TV Show)

Actor

Game Day (TV Show)

Actor

Hugo Pool (TV Show)

Actor

Mantle (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Steve Landesberg Television Show 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

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.

Relationships

Blanche Lewis

Mother

William Lewis

Father

Robert Lewis

Brother
born c. 1941

Janet Lewis

Sister
born c. 1936

EDUCATION

Dwight Morrow High School

Englewood , New Jersey 1965

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio
also studied acting and communications

Milestones

2002

Had recurring role of a rabbi on the popular series "7th Heaven" (The WB)

1993

Starred as Steven Mitchell opposite Don Rickles on the Fox-TV sitcom, "Daddy Dearest"; also co-executive produced

1990

Played to a standing-room-only audience at New York's Carnegie Hall

1988

Co-starred in slapstick comedy feature film, "Wrong Guys" opposite fellow comedians Louie Anderson and Richard Belzer

1987

Played supporting role of Richard on short-lived ABC sitcom, "Harry", starring Alan Arkin

1986

Starred in first cable special, "I'm in Pain"

1982

Made first of over 50 appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman"

1979

Co-wrote and starred in "Diary of a Young Comic" which pre-empted an episode of "Saturday Night Live" and attracted favorable attention

1976

Appeared as a regular on the CBS variety program, "The Sonny and Cher Show"

1972

Made Greenwich Village club debut as stand-up comedian

Wrote pilots and comedy material for television; acted in some of them

Raised in Englewood, New Jersey

Appeared in two sequels to successful cable special: "The Richard Lewis 'I'm Exhausted' Concert" (1988) and "I'm Doomed" (1990)

Co-starred with Kevin Nealon in the ABC sitcom "Hiller and Diller"

Worked for four years after graduating college as head copywriter at a New Jersey advertising agency

Starred as Marty Gold opposite Jamie Lee Curtis on popular ABC sitcom, "Anything But Love"

Bonus Trivia

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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".

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

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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."

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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."

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