Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Richard Lewis has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, he said in a video posted to Twitter on Sunday.
After detailing a period of several years in which he underwent three surgeries for other issues, he recalled a point two years ago when he was having trouble walking. The diagnosis of Parkinson’s, a progressive nervous-system disorder, came soon after.
“Luckily, I got it late in life, and they say it progresses very slowly, if at all, and I’m on the right meds, so I’m cool,” he said in the video, which you can watch below.
— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) April 24, 2023
He added that while his career as a stand-up comedian is over, “I’m just focusing on writing and acting.” Earlier in the video, he commented that he recently wrapped his part in Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s upcoming Season 12 (which might be its last?). Lewis has recurred on the HBO comedy from its pilot episode, playing a loose version of himself and a pal of series star/creator Larry David’s. In real life, the two men have been friends since they were teens.
“It was an amazing season,” he said, “and I’m so grateful to be part of that show.”
Curb fans will recall that Lewis did not appear in Season 11, owing to the back and shoulder surgeries he referenced in the video.
Well, this is a diagnosis from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks.
He was a great stand-up comedian. I hope the prognosis is accurate and that he will be able to continue his career.
Sending Mr. Lewis only good thoughts and hoping this disease can be managed to allow him a good quality of life. He has always been a very funny and entertaining comedian!
I hope he doesn’t have the same suffering like Michael J. Fox has gone through for years in his life.