actor bio/ Richard Lewis

Lewis has taken his lifelong therapy fodder and carved it into a commanding, compelling art form. His early career as a stand-up brought him to the top of his ranks and over time he broadened the scope of opportunities so others could share in his brilliantly warped world. Comedy Central has recognized Mr. Lewis as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time and he was charted on GQ Magazine's list of the '20th Century's Most Influential Humorists'.

Lewis has in release a boxed set of his Concerts from Hell (The Vintage Years) containing three comedy specials: HBO originally aired I'm Exhausted, earning him an ACE nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special and I'm Doomed, his second for HBO, also earned an Ace nomination. His cable-special debut, I'm In Pain had aired on Showtime.

In 2000, Lewis added author to his credits with his highly acclaimed, autobiographical, The OTHER Great Depression. In the memoir, he is brave, insightful and forthcoming as he is in his comedy. He disrobes his substance abuse and recovery, skewing it his unique way. First published by the prestigious Perseus/Public Affairs Books, the book is a collection of fearless, essay style riffs featuring Lewis's dark stream-of-consciousness personal observations. In 2002 it appeared in paperback on Plume Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

He's now featured in a high profile book on comedy, I'm Dying Up Here, which chronicles the collective coming of age of the standup comedians who defined American humor during...

the past three decades: Letterman, Leno, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis and Garry Shandling among others.

In continuing to redefine himself, he has always expanded on his acting career by making unexpected choices. After his dramatic "kick-start" in the film Leaving Las Vegas, he took on his first dramatic role in the theatrical release, Drunks, co-starring Dianne Weist, Faye Dunaway and Amanda Plummer.

With scores of other guest acting appearances in TV series and films he tries to be as diverse as possible in his choices from appearing on such shows as Two and a Half Men and The Dead Zone to such polar opposites in the past such as Alias and Seventh Heaven. Yet, most close to his heart was his four year run in ABC's critically acclaimed series Anything But Love, co-starring with Jamie Lee Curtis, Diary of a Young Comic, which he starred in and co-wrote, first aired on NBC in the Saturday Night Live time slot and is considered a cult classic. Latenight TV viewers and media junkies in general are familiar with his frequent guest appearances. He may hold title to having the most latenight appearances, chalking up well over 100 appearances with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Craig Ferguson and Bill Maher.