The show Seinfeld,The Cast, And Trivia!
This series is about the lives of four main characters. Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld), George Costanza (Jason Alexander), Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards). It was actually created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, with Jerry Seinfeld actually playing a fictionalized interpretation of himself. The show mainly takes place in Manhattan on the Upper West Side, and is for all intents and purposes, about nothing. Many of the storylines were based on the real-life experiences of the writers of the show and recurring characters were sometimes based on real-life people.
Despite the fact that the characters all seem to be involved in their own separate stories at the beginning of each show, by the end, all the plots have managed to intertwine. One of the most fascinating things about this series is its characters’ amazing abilities to never learn from their mistakes. (Their many, many mistakes!) And because of this, as well as other aspects of the show, you never really feel any sympathy for the characters. This came from the series’ well-known rule of “no hugging, no learning”. Each one of them manages to express many of the same emotions that range from mean and selfish, to hopeless, jealous, rude and completely insensitive. Not only that, but none of them have any real moral compass to speak of, which is why when they do get what’s coming to them, you can’t help but smile. Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld)-Jerry is a stand-up comedian, a neat freak, and is incredibly choosy when it comes to finding just the right woman. He is shallow enough that he tends to break up with women based solely on one (usually relatively minor) issue, and yet strangely enough, he ends up being a voice of reason in his group of friends. He is a lover of both breakfast cereals and Superman, as well as being slightly germaphobic. He stays involved with his friends, and occasionally sees members of his family. He does have one true enemy, and that is the character known as Newman (Wayne Knight). Newman lives down the hall from Jerry, and though it is never really explained why they despise each other so vehemently, the fact remains that they do. This causes many varied storylines throughout the series.
George Costanza (Jason Alexander)-George is Jerry’s best friend. They have known each other for a long time, they were friends all the way back to high school, and have managed to stay that way. George is many things, among them unemployed on a constant basis; he is also negative, cheap, neurotic, petty, and filled with a large amount of self-loathing. He is totally and completely controlled by his parents Frank and Estelle Costanza (Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris). Jerry once makes the remark that “he (George), could have been normal” if only his parents had gotten a divorce when he was young. As far as women go, George is a failure. He can’t seem to pick women up, and when he finally does and manages to have a relationship, it always seems to end badly. He is also a liar in almost every aspect of his life at one time or another, and because of this, uses many aliases throughout the show to help cover up his deceit. Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)-Elaine is actually the ex-girlfriend of Jerry, but he is also her best friend. Elaine is strong, and attractive, but she also tends to be superficial at times. She is definitely known as one of the boys, while still managing to stay the “girl” of the group. She is quick to anger, and goes through men very, very quickly. She only wants to date attractive men, and even when they’re good looking she prefers that they have some kind of high paying job. Her favorite is doctors. She has very little family, and her career is usually as some kind of editor (she holds a few different jobs throughout). Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards)-Kramer (as he is commonly called), also lives in the same apartment building as his friend, Jerry, as well as Jerry’s enemy, Newman. Kramer is strange in many ways, his personality, his hairstyle, clothing choices and of course his apparent lack of any real jobs. However, the others seem to accept these things about him, and even embrace them at times. Kramer is very good with women (although relationships are few and far between for him and usually don’t last long), and is able to make friends easily. He does have an incredible penchant for “get rich quick” schemes that seem to work out at the beginning, but then blow up in his face at the end. Whenever he is at a restaurant or a coffee shop, he likes to drink milkshakes, and he has an intense fear of clowns. He is also close friends with Newman in spite of the fact that Jerry and Newman don’t get along.
This is one of those unique shows that sort of grabs you from the beginning and keeps you going the whole time that they are on. Throughout its nine season run, you never quite know what to expect, but it certainly is never dull! The characters are compelling and original, with a real flair for the dramatic. This series is entertaining and always gives you a laugh. I give it an 8 out of 10.
Jerry Seinfeld-Jerry Seinfeld George Costanza-Jason Alexander Elaine Benes-Julia Louis-Dreyfus Cosmo Kramer-Michael Richards
Recurring Cast Years
Ruthie Cohen-Ruth Cohen 1992-1998
Newman-Wayne Knight 1992-1998
George Steinbrenner-Larry David 1991-1998
Susan Ross-Heidi Swedberg 1992-1997
Man on Sidewalk-Norman Brenner 1990-1998
Estelle Costanza-Estelle Harris 1992-1998
Frank Costanza-Jerry Stiller 1993-1998
Helen-Liz Sheridan 1990-1998
J. Peterman-John O’Hurley 1995-1998
Morty-Barney Martin 1991-1998
Uncle Leo-Len Lesser 1991-1998
Angry Man-Deck McKenzie 1991-1997
Waitress-Peggy Lane 1992-1996
Wilhelm-Richard Herd 1995-1998
Lippman-Richard Fancy 1991-1998
David Puddy-Patrick Warburton 1995-1998
George Steinbrenner-Lee Bear 1994-1998
Waitress-Lauren Bowles 1991-1998
Mr. Pitt-Ian Abercrombie 1994-1998
Beck-David Blackwood 1990-1994
Mickey-Danny Woodburn 1994-1998
Dugan-Joe Urla 1996-1998
Bania-Steve Hytner 1994-1998
Manager-Lawrence Mandley 1993-1996
Don Tyler-Pete G. Papanickolas 1993-1997
Comedy Club Emcee-Randy Carter 1995-1997
Russell Dalrympie-Bob Balaban 1992-1993
Tim Whatley-Bryan Cranston 1994-1997
‘Crazy’ Joe Davola-Peter Crombie 1992-1993
Carol-Lisa Mende 1992-1997
Mr. Ross-Warren Frost 1992-1998
Jackie Chiles-Phil Morris 1995-1998
Jay Crespi-Peter Blood 1992-1998
Stu-Kevin Page 1992-1998
Mrs. Ross-Grace Zabriiskie 1992-1998
Customer-David Richardson 1993-1997
Man at Rehearsal-Peter Mehiman 1992-1996
Counter Guy-Jeff Bye 1993-1998
Juror-Darin Henry 1993-1998
Kruger-Daniel von Bargen 1997-1998
Jake-Marty Rackham 1992-1995
Sue Ellen-Brenda Strong 1996-1997
Morgan-Tom Wright 1994-1995
Jack Klompus-Sandy Baron 1991-1997
Dr. Reston-Stephen McHattie 1992
Walter-Wayne Wilderson 1997-1998
Joanne-Lisa Pescia 1993-1994
Doris-Annie Korzen 1991-1996
Receptionist-Julie Claire 1992-1996
Doctor-Victor Raider-Wexler 1993-1998
Poppie-Reni Santoni 1994-1998
Ping-Ping Wu 1991-1993
Marla-Jane Leeves 1992-1998
Tommy-Steve Skrovan 1992-1993
Woman-Judy Kerr 1995-1997
Farmer-David Mandel 1995-1997
Crowd-Karen Wilkie 1991-1997
Man in Hallway-Larry Charles 1991-1993
Man at Bookstore-Tom Gammill 1993-1996
Herb-James Lansbury 1994-1996
Wyck-Bruce Davison 1996-1997
Tina-Siobhan Fallon 1991-1994
Dana Foley-Gina Hecht 1992-1993
Nana-Billye Ree Wallace 1994-1995
Deena-Mary Jo Keenen 1995-1996
Cedric-John Paragon 1995-1998
Bob-Yul Vazquez 1995-1998
Renee-Veralyn Jones 1993
Babu-Brian George 1991-1998
Michael-Hiram Kasten 1993-1994
Rachel-Melanie Smith 1994
Guard-David Dunard 1991-1998
Mrs. Choate-Frances Bay 1996-1998
Malcolm-Tucker Smallwood 1991-1997
Keith Hernandez-Keith Hernandez 1992-1998
Alice-Nancy Balbrier 1994-1997
Homeless Man-Ron Ross 1992-1993
Cabbie-Bob Shaw 1993-1995
Rabbi-Bruce Mahler 1995-1998
Tia-Jennifer Campbell 1992-1993
Allison-Kari Coleman 1993
Mel-Brian Doyle-Murray 1992-1998
Sidra-Teri Hatcher 1993-1998
Event Guard-Jeff Miller 1995-1997
Donald-Jon Hayman 1992-1998
Barbara (Bank Employee)-Carol Leifer 1995-1996
Cab Driver-Steve Koren 1997-1998
Man on Set-Jeffrey Yerkes 1993-1994
Vanessa-Lynn Clark 1990
Lt. Martel-Peter Murnik 1992
Karen-Lisa Edelstein- 1993
Jeannie-Janeane Garofalo 1996
Waitress-Anita Wise 1990
Leslie-Christine Dunford 1991-1994
Kelly-Tracy Kolis 1991-1994
Audrey-Suzanne Snyder 1992-1994
Sid-Jay Brooks 1991-1992
Mike-Lee Arenberg 1992-1997
Rita-Anne Twomey 1992-1993
Mrs. Sokol-Rae Allen 1992
Helene-Elmarie Wendel 1992
Kevin-Tim DeKay 1996
Ava-Teri Austin 1991
Landis-Gail Strickland 1994-1995
Ada-Vicki Lewis 1994
Noreen-KIelly Coffield Park 1994
Mario Joyner as himself 1995-1998
Mr. Thomassoulo-Gordon Jump 1997
Joe-Robert Hooks 1994-1995
Lloyd-Matt McCoy 1995-1997
Maestro-Mark Metcalf 1995-1996
Katie-Debra Jo Rupp 1995-1996
Sally-Kathy Griffin 1996-1998
Beth-Debra Messing 1996-1997
Jenna-Kristin Davis 1997
Maryedith-Maryedith Burrell 1992-1993
Carrie-Carol Ann Susi 1992
Dolores-Susan Walters 1993-1996
Peggy-Megan Cole 1997
Lt. Coleman-Vaughn Armstrong 1992
Hostess-Jessica Lundy 1992
Vet-Rick Hall 1996-1997
Izzy Mandelbaum-Lloyd Bridges 1997
FBI Man-George C. Simms 1990-1991
Roberta-Kate Benton 1991-1992
Lindsay-Jessica Hecht 1994
Danny Tartabull-Danny Tartabull 1994
Homeless Man-Jon Gries 1995-1998
Evelyn-Ann Morgan Guilbert 1991-1996
Roger McDowell as himself 1992
Farkus-Patrick Cronin 1993-1995
Ricky-Sam Lloyd 1993-1994
Jiffy Dump Guy-Chaim Girafi 1996-1997
Earl-O’Neal Compton 1995-1997
Father Curtis-Henry Woronicz 1997-1998
Party Guest-Kate Mulligan 1991-1995
Kramer’s Girlfriend-Carissa Channing 1992-1993
Michael-Stephen Prutting 1992
Ellen-Christa Miller 1993-1995
Robin-Melanie Chartoff 1994-1998
Mailman-Benjamin Lum 1990-1993
Joan-Mary Scheer 1995-1998
Pop-Sandy Ward 1995-1996
Gail-Monica Allison 1996-1998
Joey-Todd Bosley 1996
Mrs. Zanfino-Diana Castle 1996
Izzy Mandelbaum Jr.-Gene Dynarski 1997
Matthew-John Christian Graas 1992-1993
Cop #2-David Graf 1992
Bobby-Thomas Dekker 1994-1995
Mr. Clotworthy-Clive Rosengren 1995
Rebecca-Sonya Eddy 1997-1998
Boss-Mark Christopher Lawrence 1992-1994
Jesse-Michael McDonald 1995-1996
Judge-Al Fann 1992
Tall Woman-Melanie Good 1992
Remy-Diana Theodore 1994-1995
Todd’s Mother-Jane A. Johnston 1996-1997
Gail-Jill Talley 1996-1997
Alison-Bonnie McNeil 1996-1998
Lisa-Jill Holden 1996-1997
Sid Luckman-Edgar Small 1997-1998
Lola-Donna Evans 1993-1998
Deensfrei-Robert Katims 1995-1998
Leslie-Wendel Meldrum 1993-1998
Babs-Sheree North 1995-1998
Marcelino-Miguel Sandoval 1997-1998
Soup Nazi-Larry Thomas 1995-1998
Robin-Ann Talman 1992
Sid-Bill Erwin 1993
Cheryl-Maggie Han 1993
FDR-Michael McShane 1997-1998
Glenda-Patrika Darbo 1991-1993
The Drake-Rick Overton 1993
Calvin-Nicholas Hormann 1992-1993
Rushdie-Tony Amendola 1993
Fred Yerkes-Fred Stoller 1995
Allison-Elizabeth Dennehy 1993
Glenn-Brian J. Williams 1997
Miss America Pageant Announcer-Regis Philbin 1994
Judy-Coby Turner 1995
Driver-Bill Masters 1992-1993
Ellis-Marc Hirschfeld 1993-1998
Director on ‘Jerry’ Set-Tom Cherones 1998
Man in Church-Eugene Lew 1996-1997
Answering Machine-Rick Corcoran 1997-1998
Juror-Spike Feresten 1997-1998
George Steinbrenner-Mitch Mitchell 1997
Dental Assistant-Andrea Ragsdale 1997
Man Outside Stadium-Andy Robin 1997
Jerry Seinfeld (Jerry) married his wife, Jessica Sklar, on Christmas Day, 1999. The couple has three children together, two sons and a daughter.
Jason Alexander’s (George), real name is actually, Jay Scott Greenspan.
One of the most repeated phrases that was used in Seinfeld was “yada, yada, yada”. TV Guide ranked this as #1 in its list of “TV’S Top 20 Catchphrases” in 2005.
The character of the “soup Nazi”, is actually based on a real life, Manhattan located, take-out soup business owner.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ grandfather, Pierre Louis-Dryfus, flew 88 missions for ‘Charles de Gaulle’s Free French Air Force’, in WWII as a member of the French Resistance.
One of Jerry’s most talked about girlfriends’ was, “man hands”. The hands, in truth, actually belonged to one of the producers.
When casting for the part of George Costanza, no one actor seemed quite right until Jason Alexander. He won the role over Nathan Lane, Danny DeVito and Steve Buscemi, just to name a few.
Seinfeld ran for nine seasons, and if it had been left up to NBC, it would have continued. They attempted to get Jerry Seinfeld to do a tenth season, by making him an offer that would have amounted to the sum of $110 million dollars, he turned them down. Part of his reason for doing this was due to “The Beatles”, who broke up their very successful band after nine years as well.
Jerry Seinfeld has 500 pairs of white sneakers.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) has been on several television series, “Seinfeld”, “Watching Ellie”, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Veep”, though none have had the enormous success of Seinfeld thus far.
Jason Alexander has been in several musicals on Broadway, and has even won a Tony Award in the category of Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the show, “Jerome Robbins Broadway”.
Michael Richards (Kramer) went back to doing stand-up comedy after Seinfeld was over, but it didn’t last long. He retired from it in 2007 due to an incredibly tasteless, vulgar, and highly inappropriate racial slur that was used by him, toward an African American heckler. He later apologized on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, as well as calling both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to express his regret at the incident. He was banned from performing at the place where the episode happened, the Laugh Factory.
During part of the series, Julia Louis Dreyfus (Elaine) was pregnant in real life, and they had to use different props to hide this.
In TV Guide’s list of 50 shows that were chosen by TV Guide editors, “Seinfeld” was voted number one. The second choice was “I Love Lucy”, and the third was, “The Honeymooners”.
Jerry Seinfeld is a user and a believer of Transcendental Meditation, and has been for nearly two decades. He is also a supporter of the David Lynch Foundation, which uses this meditation to help treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has garnered quite a few awards in her career; however the most impressive thing is the fact that she has won three Emmy Awards for three different sitcoms. She is the only woman to have ever done this. In addition, the record of being the actress with the most Emmy Award nominations, (sixteen total), now belongs to her, having formerly been held for years by Lucille Ball.
The Seinfeld series was named the second best written television series of all time in 2013, by the “Writers Guild of America”. The number one series was “The Sopranos”. Additionally, and also in 2013, it was called the third best television series of all time by “Entertainment Weekly”.
The member of the Seinfeld cast to win the most Emmy Awards was Michael Richards.
Jason Alexander is an ardent poker player in his spare time. He has been in numerous tournaments, and even won the final table on “Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown”, in season eight. He won $500,000 for his charity, “The United Way of America”. He has also participated on the very popular “World Series of Poker”, and “Poker after Dark”.
Several catchphrases and slang words came out of the show, things like “no soup for you” and “yada, yada, yada”, to “sponge worthy” and “re-gifter”. These and others are often referred to as “Seinlanguage”, which is also the name of Jerry Seinfeld’s book on humor.
In the history of American television, there are only three shows that managed to remain in the #1 slot for its whole and final network season. Those three were I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld.
One of Jerry Seinfeld’s’ passions, is collecting Porsche automobiles. He is said to have 46 of them (unconfirmed), in different makes and colors. One of them is a Porsche 959 (only 337 were built),
That he had imported “for exhibition purpose” only, due to the fact that the 959 was never made “street legal”. This meant that no crash or emission tests were ever done on it. Under the “Show and Display” law made in 1999, it later became legal. The value of this car is $700,000. He also owns the very first and the very last, air-cooled Porsche 911’s (according to Discovery’s “Chasing Classic Cars”). And incredibly, he also purchased the very first Porsche 911 that was ever built.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ father is a billionaire, who had an estimated net worth of around $3.4 billion dollars according to Forbes magazine back in 2006.
One of the more popular episodes is called “The Puffy Shirt”. In this particular show, they simply use what is a very, very puffy shirt. That shirt is now in the Smithsonian.
The finale of the Seinfeld series became one of the most watched in all of television history to date. It came in third place, and was only beaten out by Cheers, and of course, M*A*S*H.
Jason Alexander, who is an avid “Star Trek” fan, had the rare experience of getting to meet his childhood hero. As a birthday gift one year, some friends took him to a diner. At one point his friends had him close his eyes, and when he re-opened them, there, standing before him was “Captain James T. Kirk” (William Shatner).