Comedy film enthusiasts know who Richard Lewis is. The actor starred in several hit comedy series, including the popular sitcom “Anything but Love” and his current semi-autobiographical HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” At the age of 73, the funnyman has an estimated net worth of $7 million. How did he manage to reach that amount? This article will help you understand how Lewis earned his wealth.
Richard Lewis: The Early Days
Born on June 29, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, the comedian showed his wits at a very young age. He was even reportedly get kicked out of his classes as a young student for making everyone in the class laugh during lectures. When he graduated from Ohio State University, Lewis already knew that he was meant to perform on stage. During the 1970s, his typical workdays were spent doing copywriter tasks, while he worked as a standup comedian in New York at night. When the 1980s came, the comedian became a staple in the city’s comedy circuit. Yet aside from several stints on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and some bit roles in different movies like the “Diary of a Young Comic,” he still had to make a breakthrough in a wider market. His highly anticipated moment happened in 1982 after he got a call from “The David Letterman Show.” After his appearance in the popular TV show, his popularity began to rise. He had a series of other TV specials after that, including “Riptide,” “Harry,” and “CBS Summer Playhouse” in 1987. He also appeared in several movies like “The Wrong Guys” and “That’s Adequate” in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
Richard Lewis: Moving To The Mainstream
In 1989, Lewis was already considered a big name in the comedy scene. It catapulted him to fame and helped him land a big role in ABC’s “Anything But Love” sitcom with Jamie Lee Curtis. The series ran for a total of four seasons. After the series finale in 1992, the actor is already an icon in the industry. It allowed him to pick his next roles.
By 1999, Lewis played a role as himself in a short TV special titled “Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm.” While it was originally planned as a one-season project, the positive reception of the audience prompted the show’s producers to make it a full series. Even after 20 years, Lewis remains one of the long-running guests of the show.
Richard Lewis: Continued Success
The previous two decades became very hectic and profitable for the successful comedian. Aside from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” he also established his name in the entertainment industry with other shows like “7th Heaven” from 2002 to 2004, “Alias” in 2003, “Two and a Half Men” in 2004, and “Everybody Hates Chris” in 2006, among others. He was also able to do some voice-over work in “The Simpsons” in 2006.
While most people chose to lay low with their career once they reach the age of 60, Lewis decided to go the other way by continuously working. It is the reason why he was able to amass his $7 million fortune.