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Richard Lewis saluted by 'Curb' co-stars, said he was 'quite well' weeks before death

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

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Jamie Lee Curtis, who co-starred in the ABC sitcom "Anything But Love" with Lewis from 1989 to 1992, shared two tributes on Instagram, remembering him as a "deep and freaking funny comedian."

"He also is the reason I am sober. He helped me. I am forever grateful for him for the act of grace alone," she wrote. "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."

His "Curb" co-star Cheryl Hines tweeted that Lewis "would take time to tell the people he loved what they meant to him."

"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. I love you Richard. You will be missed. #RichardLewis," Hines wrote. She also told "Entertainment Tonight" that when she was young, she had "the biggest crush" on Lewis.

"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," she said, adding, "Yes, he was the comedian I fell in love with, but he was also one of the most loving people I know."

"RIP Richard Lewis. A brilliantly funny man who will missed by all. The world needed him now more than ever," tweeted "Curb" co-star Albert Brooks.

 

"Rest Richard Rest," co-star J.B. Smoove wrote on Instagram stories. "Thanks for encouraging me to shoot for the stars. @shahclectic and I will miss you dearly. #teamcurb"

"You are so loved," Smoove's wife, Shahidah Omar, added. "Thank you for being so wonderful, hilarious and kind."

"Richard was an original brilliant voice that cannot be replaced. I was lucky to call him a friend. He made me laugh and he was one of the most supportive and kindest people I've ever known," "Curb" co-star Susie Essman told "Entertainment Tonight."

Cary Elwes, the "Princess Bride" star who co-starred with Lewis in Mel Brooks' 1993 comedy "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," said that he and Lewis were "literally just making plans to get together."

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