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Richard Lewis Biography

Birth Name:
Richard Philip Lewis
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Comedian, actor, writer

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


  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated


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