Fast Facts

  • Father ran a successful catering business in New Jersey.
  • First met Larry David at summer camp when they were in their early teens.
  • Graduated from Ohio State with a degree in marketing and worked as a copywriter at an ad agency before turning to stand-up comedy.
  • As a struggling comedian, received a $1,000 loan from David Brenner, allowing Lewis to quit his job and focus on comedy full-time.
  • Fierce supporter of OSU – was the Grand Marshal at the 1995 homecoming parade and was on the sidelines when the football team played in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.
  • Wrote his memoir, The Other Great Depression, in 2000.


  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Blanche Lewis — Mother
  • Bill Lewis — Father
  • Janet — Sister
  • Robert Lewis — Brother
  • Joyce Lapinsky — Wife


  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States (1969)

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  • Birth Name: Richard Philip Lewis
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Birthday: June 29, 1947, Cancer
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Writer
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