Famous Comedian and Actor, Ohio State Graduate and Buckeye Fan Richard Lewis Dies at 76

By Dan Hope on February 28, 2024 at 6:25 pm
Richard Lewis
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Ohio State lost one of its famous fans this week.

Richard Lewis, a comedian and actor best known for his standup comedy and starring in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” died Tuesday night at 76 years old after suffering a heart attack. Lewis was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last April.

While Lewis was known nationally for his work on television and film, he was known in Columbus for his love of the Buckeyes. Lewis frequently sent posts supporting the Ohio State football team on social media.

Lewis spoke in depth about his love of Ohio State during an interview on the Eleven Dubcast in 2017.

“It was the greatest time of my life,” Lewis told the Eleven Dubcast in 2017. “I made friends to this day that I’m still great friends with ... I couldn’t love a school more, and I will till the day I die.”

Lewis also spoke about his friendships with Ohio State football greats like Archie Griffin and Rex Kern, said he had not missed an Ohio State-Michigan game since 1965 and told stories about attending Buckeye games, including the story of how he had to leave Ohio State’s 1997 Rose Bowl win over Arizona State in the first quarter because of his “Curb” co-star Larry David.

You can listen to the full Ohio State-themed interview with Lewis in the audio player below.

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