Richard Lewis, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, dies aged 76

Richard Lewis, the well-known comedian most known for wearing entirely in black and exploring his neuroses in frantic, stream-of-consciousness diatribes that earned him the nickname “The Prince of Pain,” has passed away at 76.

According to his publicist Jeff Abraham, Richard passed away at home in Los Angeles on Tuesday night following a heart attack. Richard had disclosed in 2023 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Lewis has been a regular performer in clubs and on late-night television for many years. He portrayed Prince John, a neurotic character in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Marty Gold, the romantic co-lead opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the ABC series Anything But Love. He reintroduced himself to a new generation as Larry David on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, kvetching frequently.

Lewis got recognition as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time by Comedy Central and was included in GQ magazine’s list of the “Most Influential Humorists of the 20th Century.” He lent his humour to charity causes such as Comedy Gives Back and Comic Relief.

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