Richard Lewis is an American actor, writer, stand-up comedian with a net worth of $7 million as of November 2022. Most of his wealth came through acting in TV shows and selling out venues for his comedy. Richard started performing in stand-up comedy in 1975. In the 1970s, Richard began his career in stand-up comedy while working for an ad agency during the day.
Some of the works of Richard are “The Richard Lewis ‘I’m in Pain’ Concert” (1985), “The I’m Exhausted Concert” (1988), “I’m Doomed” (1990), and “The Magical Misery Tour” (1996). He has 55+ acting credits to his name, including the films “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993) and “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995) and the television series “Daddy Dearest” (1993), “Hiller and Diller” (1997–1998) and “7th Heaven” (2002–2004). In 2014, Richard wrote and served as the executive producer in the documentary “documentary “House of a Lifetime: Richard Lewis” and the “Daddy Dearest” episode “The Tortoise and the Scare”.
Richard Lewis was born to Bill Lewis and Blanche Lewis on June 29, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. He has a brother Bill Lewis and Sister Janet Lewis. Richard Lewis had his early childhood in Englewood, New Jersey. He went to Dwight Morrow High School. His father was a caterer and his mother was an actress. In 1965, Richard enrolled at Ohio State University where he became a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. In 1969, he earned a degree in marketing and communications. He met Larry David at a summer camp when they were in very young.
Richard began his career in the 1970s by combining stand-up comedy with being a copywriter for an ad agency. This combo allowed him the flexibility of working day as a copywriter as well as nurture his stand-up talent at night. He made his debut appearance in the TV movie ” “Diary of a Young Comic”. He came to the limelight in the 1980s with his appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” TV show.
The 1990s saw the stand-up comedian feature in many prominent movies. These include; “Once Upon a Crime…” and the TV movie “The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story”. During that same decade, he played played Prince John in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” guest-starred on “Tribeca” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” and co-starred with Don Rickles on the Fox series “Daddy Dearest.
His life took a major turn when in 2000 he started playing a semi-autographical rendition on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. He featured in numerous TV shows, documentaries and films. A few of them are “7th Heaven”, “Alias” (2003), “Two and a Half Men” (2004), “The Dead Zone” (2004), “Las Vegas” (2005), “George Lopez” (2005), as well as “Everybody Hates Chris” (2006). His voice was in several animated projects like “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist” (1997), “The Simpsons” (2006), and “BoJack Horseman” (2018).
In 2005, Richard got married to Joyce Lapinsky who was his long term girlfriend. His got his right hand shattered when he fell off his roof in 2016. The domino effect was inevitable. He underwent several surgeries afterwards. In 2019 he underwent surgery to assuage excruciating back pain. Worse yet, the Actor slipped in 2020 and shattered his shoulder while getting out of a swimming pool which led to another surgery.
A debilitating health situation resulted in him missing out on most of the filming of season 11 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. The Actor acknowledged a worsening health situation when in 2021 he tweeted, “What a ride, LD! I love you, buddy”.
Lewis received an acknowledgement for his work “The I’m Exhausted Concert” in 1989. He received a CableACE Award nomination. His work, “Anything But Love” earned him a Best Actor award in a nomination from the viewers. In 2006, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his castmates Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, and Shelley Berman in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
Lewis made close to 50% profit on a three-bedroom home he acquired in 1989. He sold the property for $1.354 million in 2016 when he bought for an estimated $720,000.