Curb Your Enthusiasm star Richard Lewis reveals he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease: ‘I’m under doctor’s care and everything is cool’
Richard Lewis said he has been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past two years.
The comedian, 75, took to social media on Sunday with the update on his health and career while stuck at home.
The Brooklyn, New York native said he was also happy to have recently finished filming Curb Your Enthusiasm’s 12th season, and is “grateful to be a part of that show.”
The Robin Hood: Men in Tights actor said that “he’s kind of had a rough time for the last three and a half years.”
The Anything But Love star said people have been asking him when he will get back on the road to tour during an extended absence.
Details: Comedian Richard Lewis, 75, said he has been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past two years in a social media post on Sunday
Comedy legend: Lewis has starred in Curb Your Enthusiasm since its first season in 2000 playing a fictionalized version of himself
“Well, this is really what happened,” he said, adding that he decided to stop touring three and a half years ago, feeling that the time had come.
“I said, ‘You know, I’m at the top of my game — after almost 50 years, I’m just going to quit,” he said. “And I felt great about that. And then out of nowhere the s*** hit the fan.”
Lewis said he underwent four consecutive surgeries on his back, shoulder and hip, adding that “it was bad luck, but such is life.”
Lewis said he “additionally” started walking “a little stiff” and his feet “shuffled” two years ago, prompting him to see a neurologist.
He said he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after a brain scan.
“Luckily I got it late in life, and they say you progress very slowly or not at all and I’m on the right meds and it’s cool,” Lewis said. “I just wanted to let you know it’s been there.
“I’m done with stand-up, I just focus on writing and acting. I have Parkinson’s disease but I’m under a doctor’s care and everything is cool and I love my wife, I love my little dog and I love all my friends and my fans.”
According to the Mayo clinic‘Parkinson’s disease’ is a progressive condition that affects the nervous system and nerve-controlled parts of the body. Symptoms start slowly.
“Tearings are common, but the condition can also cause stiffness or slowing of movement.”
The comedian took to social media on Sunday with the update on his health and career while stuck at home
The star said people have been asking him when he will get back on the road to tour during an extended absence; as he is pictured doing a comedy in Los Angeles in April 2012
Sad: The veteran comic said he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s after a brain scan; as he is portrayed in the 1993 comedy classic Robin Hood: Men In Tights
Ben Stiller called the Curb Your Enthusiasm star “an amazing person” and “one of the funniest ever” in response to Lewis
Dynamic Duo: He co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in sitcom Anything But Love for 4 seasons from 1989 to 1992