Jerry Seinfeld Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJerome Allen Seinfeld
Nickname Little Jerry
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Betty (Hesney) and Kalman Seinfeld. His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent, while Jerry's maternal grandparents, Salha and Selim Hosni, were Syrian Jewish immigrants (from Aleppo). He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to suburban Massepequa, Long Island, at a young age. Jerry's dad, who had a terrific sense of humor, was a commercial sign maker.

Jerry attended Oswego College in upstate New York but transferred to Queens College back in New York City. Developed interest in stand-up comedy after brief stints in college productions. Went straight from college graduation to amateur night tryout at New York's Catch a Rising Star, 1976.

Continued to perform in local clubs and Catskill Mountain resorts until his career was boosted by an appearance on a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special, 1976. Career took off after first successful spot on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), May 1981, at age 27. Appearances on [error] and The Merv Griffin Show (1962) followed. Also appeared four times as Frankie on Benson (1979) sitcom. After he was abruptly fired from the show, he swore never to do another sitcom unless he had greater control. This opportunity emerged when he was invited to create a sitcom for NBC in 1989 and teamed with one-time stand-up colleague Larry David.

Progression of "The Seinfeld Chronicles" into the long-running Seinfeld (1989) series phenomenon was ended by its co-creator and co-executive producer, Larry David. Still unmarried, he moved back to New York City into a new multimillion-dollar, multilevel apartment on Central Park West just down the street from his small bachelor studio on West 81st.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: mwprods@rcn.com

Family (4)

Spouse Jessica Seinfeld (25 December 1999 - present)  (3 children)
Children Seinfeld, Sascha
Seinfeld, Julian Kal
Seinfeld, Shepherd Kellen
Parents Hesney, Betty
Seinfeld, Kalman
Relatives Carolyn Liebling (sibling)

Trade Mark (9)

Impeccable neatness, unflappable confidence
Observational humour
Bases much of his comedy on real life experiences
Frequently references his favorite hero Superman
Derives humor from awkward or unusual social situations
White running shoes
Love of breakfast cereal

Trivia (23)

Raised in Massapequa,New York (on Long Island), Seinfeld later graduated from Queens College (New York City). His sister, Carolyn Liebling, was his manager.
His first child with wife Jessica Seinfeld (aka Jessica Sklar), a daughter named Sascha, was born in New York City on November 7, 2000. Comedian George Wallace was the best man at the wedding. The Seinfelds later had a son, Julian Kal, born March 1, 2003. Welcomed son, Shepherd Kellen Seinfeld, on August 22, 2005.
Announced signing of deal with Miramax in April 2002 to distribute documentary about his recent travels back on the comedy circuit doing stand-up. For more than a year, Seinfeld has been followed on cross-country gigs with production crew headed by Christian Charles and Gary Streiner, who worked on his American Express commercials.
Bought Billy Joel's house in Amagansett village in the Hamptons (Long Island, NY) for then record-setting price of $32 million in March, 2000.
Had a compulsive habit of throwing out the clothes he had traveled with after each road trip.
Announced his engagement to Jessica Sklar (born Nina Sklar on September 12, 1971 in Oyster Bay, New York). They began dating after they met at the Reebok Sport Club in 1998, even though she had just married Eric Nederlander, a scion of the Broadway theater-owning family. At one point, it was reported that Nederlander planned to sue Seinfeld for "alienation of affection" for contributing to the demise of his marriage. No legal action materialized. (10 November 1999)
Has a collection of more than 500 sneakers. They are all white.
Is a Porsche collector. Paparazzi have seen him in at least 20 different ones.
Is a fan of the comic book character Superman, as was shown in many episodes of the Seinfeld (1989) TV series.
Used to appear frequently on "The Howard Stern Radio Show", but had a falling out when Howard Stern and his crew made fun of his relationship with Shoshanna Gruss. He maintained his friendship with Stern and returned to the show in 2010.
Headlined Colonials Weekend 2006 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where his former girlfriend Shoshanna Gruss attended before transferring to UCLA in 1994.
In 2007 Forbes Magazine reported his earnings to be approximately $60 million.
Was the first recipient of the American Express Black Card.
Opened for Anne Murray when she went on tour for a period of four years. Murray saw him perform on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) and said she had to have him as her opening act.
Lives in Manhattan's renowned Beresford apartment building, northwest corner of 81st St. and Central Park West, just down the street from the address of "129 W. 81st" where sitcom Jerry lived.
Growing up watching and loving Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on TV, He says he still reveres the comedy duo for their perfection and the "musical math" evident in the comic timing of their iconic 'Who's On First?' routine. In tribute, Seinfeld appeared in an MLB Network special about the routine in July 2012. Also, as he told the NY Times, his brief comedy stand-up that used to open early episodes of Seinfeld (1989) was an homage to the comedians, as was his own playing the Abbott-like straight man to the other characters in the sitcom, as well as building on the physical contrast between Kramer's tall leanness and Newman's short chubbiness. Even more, character George Costanza's middle name, Louis, was yet another tribute to Costello's memory.
Has practiced meditation for 37 years, as he stated in 2013 in a promotional tape appearing on the website of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
His first time ever on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually jeered and booed off of the stage. He knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.
Stated in an interview that one of the highlights of his career was when he had a two-hour conversation with President Bill Clinton in the White House kitchen.
He was the original choice to host Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988), but he turned it down in order to focus on Seinfeld (1989).
Some of the cars he has owned include: 1949 Porsche 356/2, 1952 VW beetle, 1953 Porsche 550-03, 1955 Porsche 550 spyder, 1957 Porsche 356 type A speedster, 1957 Fiat 500, 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT carrera speedster, 1958 Porsche 597 jagdwagen, 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, 1960 VW beetle, 1962 VW bus, 1963 Porsche 356 B 2000 GS carrera 2 coupé, 1963 VW karmann ghia, 1964 Porsche 911, 1964 VW camper, 1966 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet "Polizei", 1966 Porsche 911, 1970 Porsche 911S "Henri", 1973 Porsche 911 carrera RS, 1973 Porsche 917/30 can-am spyder, 1974 Porsche 911 carrera 3.0 IROC RSR, 1986 Porsche 959, 1989 Porsche 911 speedster, 1990 Porsche 962C, 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S flachbau, 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, 1998 Porsche 993 3.8 cup RSR, 2000 Porsche Carrera GT prototype, 2004 Porsche Carrera GT, 2011 Porsche 997 speedster, 2012 Porsche 997 GT3 4.0 cup "Brumos commemorative edition". Seinfeld bought (from Manhattan Motors) the first Porsche 911 ever built.; it was light blue.
Jerry Seinfeld won 6 consecutive Emmy nominations for best actor in a leading role in a comedy series (1992-97) but never won the Emmy.
Born on exactly the same date as Gavan O'Herlihy (of "Willow" and "Never Say Never Again" fame).

Personal Quotes (17)

A recent survey stated that the average person's greatest fear is having to give a speech in public. Somehow this ranked even higher than death which was third on the list. So, you're telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than have to stand up and give a eulogy.
[about pregnancy and babies] It's like getting ready for your own birth. Nothing prepares you . . . When those eyes meet your eyes -- I was feeling things I never had feelings like before. I never loved anyone so much at first meeting. I love her so much! But! - Let's make no mistake why these babies come here: to replace us. Their first words are "Mama", "Dada" and "Bye-bye". We'll see who's wearing the diapers when this is all over.
[on whether family life produces better comedy than bachelorhood ]The truth is, the family is much more creatively nourishing because you're playing on a full keyboard. Whereas when you're single, you're just playing the upbeat jazzy tunes.
You can be passionate about anything. Pay attention, don't let life go by you. Fall in love with the back of your cereal box.
When you've been in the business 5-years, as a person, it's like you're 5-years old - like a child. 10-years and you're 10-years old, 20... Etcetera. That's how I measure maturity in this industry.
I don't like "great" restaurants. I don't want to hear the specials. If they're so special, put 'em on the menu. I don't want any auditioning foods. When they make the real show, then I will eat them.
I prefer the old theaters because the audience is... trapped.
Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains - a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash.
I wanted to do an episode of my TV series which we never did where sitcom problems would crop up and then be very quickly resolved.
If life boils down to one thing, it's movement. To live is to keep moving.
Men don't care what's on TV. They only care what else is on TV.
I don't play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, "Don't go near colleges. They're so PC.". I'll give you an example: My daughter's 14. My wife says to her, "Well, you know, in the next couple of years, I think maybe you're going to want to be hanging around the city more on the weekends, so you can see boys.". You know what my daughter says? She says, "That's sexist.". "That's prejudice." They don't know what the fuck they're talking about.
They show you how to use the seatbelt, in case you haven't been in a car since 1965. 'Oh, you lift up on the buckle! Oh! I was trying to break the metal apart. I thought that's how it works.'
What is a date really, but a job interview that lasts all night? The only difference is that in not many job interviews is there a chance you'll wind up naked.
The first birthday party you have and the last birthday party you have are actually quite similar. You just kind of sit there. You're the least excited person at the party. You didn't even really realize that there is a party. Both birthday parties' people have to help you blow out the candles. It's also the only two birthday parties where other people have to gather your friends together for you.
It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.
[Speaking of his family's pet dachshund, Foxy, while on Cesar Millan's television show Cesar 911. S03E01 Airdate 19 February 2016] "I'm beloved by millions [With a long pause and a good-natured chuckle.] except for one dog."

Salary (1)

Seinfeld (1989) $225,000,000 (from sale of syndication rights to the show)

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