'Curb Your Enthusiasm' stars Larry David, Cheryl Hines and more remember Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis died on Tuesday night. He was 76.

February 28, 2024, 7:40 PM

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" stars Larry David and Cheryl Hines are remembering Richard Lewis, who died on Tuesday night from a heart attack. He was 76.

Lewis, who is known for his role on the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and more, was remembered by his "Curb Your Enthusiasm" co-star, Larry David, who called Lewis a "brother to me."

"Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he's been like a brother to me," David said in a statement. "He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest."

PHOTO: In this June 6, 2013, file photo, Richard Lewis and Larry David attendan event in Hollywood, Calif.
In this June 6, 2013, file photo, Richard Lewis and Larry David attendan event in Hollywood, Calif.
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"But today he made me sob and for that I'll never forgive him," he added.

Hines, who also starred in the comedy series, took to Instagram to remember Lewis and said working with him was "a dream come true."

"When I was young I had the biggest crush on Richard Lewis," Hines began. "He was the funniest person on stage and the most handsome comedian. Then when I was cast on Curb Your Enthusiasm, I got to work with him and it was a dream come true."

PHOTO: In this April 10, 2022, file photo, Cheryl Hines and Richard Lewis attend the Curb Your Enthusiasm FYC Panel in Los Angeles.
In this April 10, 2022, file photo, Cheryl Hines and Richard Lewis attend the Curb Your Enthusiasm FYC Panel in Los Angeles.
Charley Gallay/FilmMagic for HBO via Getty Images, FILE

"Through the years I learned who Richard really was and the gifts he gave," she continued. "Yes, he was the comedian I fell in love with, but he was also one of the most loving people I know. He would take time to tell the people he loved what they meant to him -- especially in recent years. In between takes on Curb, he would tell me how special I was to him and how much he loved me."

"To be loved by Richard Lewis. A true gift," she said and ended her note with a message to David: "Larry, Richard adored you. But you know that."

Keep reading to see more tributes to Lewis:

Jamie Lee Curtis: "I've just read that my friend Richard Lewis has died. I remember exactly where I was when I saw a billboard of him about a stand up special on Sunset Boulevard when we were casting the ABC pilot Anything But Love and asked the casting people to bring him in to audition to play my best friend/maybe boyfriend, Marty Gold. I thought he was handsome. He made me laugh, which is the one thing that a strong, capable woman, can't really do for herself. He got the part when I snort laughed when he mispronounced the word Bundt cake. He blew everyone else away It was a love triangle show and they didn't pick up that pilot but they came back to me and said that the chemistry with Richard was so great and could we revamp the original pilot which is the show we ended up making for a couple years. He was also a stand-up comic and hated the live audience, where I, who had never done a play, loved it. He used to hide his lines everywhere on the set, on props, door frames, on my face in a close up and was always carrying a clipboard with his lines on them. It turns out he was a wonderful actor. Deep and so freaking funny. We went through the death of our friend and costar, Richard Frank, together and grieved the loss of our producer and friend, John Ritter. Richard's last text to me, was hoping that I could convince ABC/Disney to put out another boxed set of episodes of the show. He also is the reason I am sober. He helped me. I am forever grateful for him for that act of grace alone. He found love with Joyce and that, of course, besides his sobriety, is what mattered most to him. I'm weeping as I write this. Strange way of saying thank you to a sweet and funny man. Rest in laughter, Richard. My Marty, I love you, Hannah!"

PHOTO: In this April 4, 2001, file photo, Jamie Lee Curtis & Richard Lewis attend the 5th Annual Prism Awards at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
In this April 4, 2001, file photo, Jamie Lee Curtis & Richard Lewis attend the 5th Annual Prism Awards at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
J. P. Aussenard/WireImage via Getty Images, FILE

Mark Hamill: "So sad to hear we have lost @TheRichardLewis. He was one-of-a-kind & always hilarious. Thank you for a lifetime of laughter. ?"

Tim Allen: "So very sad to hear about the loss of my dear friend Richard Lewis. God bless your wife. So much legacy comedy you have left here. So very sad you're gone."

Cary Elwes: "Noooo….. We were literally just making plans to get together. Besides your remarkable talent there was no one sweeter or more generous than you, my friend. I miss you already & forever. Rest in Power, Richard. Our sincere condolences to Joyce, his family, friends & fans ???"

Jeff Garlin: "How many people get to work with their hero? I'm heartbroken."

Jeffrey Ross: "First time I saw Richard Lewis perform was at Carnegie Hall in Dec 1989. (He recently reminded me of the date). I was just an aspiring comic in the crowd and Richard's performance showed me that you don't have to play guitar or write songs to be a rockstar. We called each other 'son of a caterer' because both our dads ran famous catering halls in New Jersey. He was such a mensch. Long Live King Richard! —son of a caterer."

Paul Feig: "Absolutely devastated by this news. Richard was my hero when I was a standup. I was lucky enough to get to know him and he was the most wonderful man. So supportive and kind and truly one of the funniest people on the planet. You will be missed, my friend."

Dane Cook: "Aww @TheRichardLewis I love you and will miss you man. You were a champion. RIP"

Nancy Sinatra: "This is dreadful news. I will always love Richard. ?"

Mario Cantone: "Rest in Peace @TheRichardLewis You were so kind brilliant and completely hilarious. The world will miss you terribly."

Patton Oswalt: "I'm gutted. There will never be anyone like Richard. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time."

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