Film and television: Mourning for US comedian Richard Lewis

The US comedian and actor Richard Lewis, who appeared alongside "Seinfeld" producer Larry David in the sitcom "Leave it, Larry!" ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") is dead.

Film and television: Mourning for US comedian Richard Lewis

The US comedian and actor Richard Lewis, who appeared alongside "Seinfeld" producer Larry David in the sitcom "Leave it, Larry!" ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") is dead. He died peacefully in his home in Los Angeles after a heart attack, said his spokesman Jeff Abraham. Lewis was 76 years old. He announced last year that he had Parkinson's disease.

Lewis made his breakthrough in the United States in the 1980s as a stand-up comedian with his typically biting and dark humor. He became known to a wider audience through his role in Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood" in the early 1990s, where Lewis played Prince John. He also repeatedly had guest appearances in the hit series “Leave it, Larry!”.

Numerous colleagues paid tribute to the late comedian. Oscar winner Jamie Lee Curtis described him as a wonderful actor and "incredibly funny". She is eternally grateful to him for helping her overcome her addiction problems. She recalled their joint sitcom “Everything but Love” (1989 to 1992), in which they played lovers. Stars like Bette Midler, Steve Martin, Albert Brooks and Ben Stiller also expressed their sadness and praised his talent.

Comedian Larry David described Lewis as a "rare mix, the funniest and at the same time the sweetest person." In the improv sitcom "Leave it, Larry!", which has been running since 2000. Lewis had a supporting role as a cynical, neurotic comedian who plays a fictional version of himself. In addition to TV series, he also made feature films such as the Western parody "Wagons East" (1994) and "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995) alongside Nicolas Cage.

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