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Also Known As: Jay Scott Greenspan Died:
Born: September 23, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, director, singer, acting coach, teacher

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Jason Alexander may have split his career between Tony Award-winning musical performances and playing the voice of many animated characters, but mainstream television viewers were hard-pressed to remember him as anyone other than the worrisome, bespectacled sidekick of Jerry Seinfeld on the landmark 1990s sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-98). The plum role of over-the-top George Costanza was indeed a superb showcase for Alexander's physical comedy and punch line timing, but attempts at headlining his own sitcom with "Bob Patterson" (ABC, 2001) and "Listen Up" (CBS, 2004-05), were short-lived. Like his fellow "Seinfeld" cast members, he found it nearly impossible to recreate the once-in-a-lifetime critical and popular success of his breakout series, but Alexander remained steadily employed as a television and theater director, stage actor, and regularly resurfaced in guest TV roles as nebbishy, neurotic types akin to the character that made him famous.

Jason Alexander may have split his career between Tony Award-winning musical performances and playing the voice of many animated characters, but mainstream television viewers were hard-pressed to remember him as anyone other than the worrisome, bespectacled sidekick of Jerry Seinfeld on the landmark 1990s sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-98). The plum role of over-the-top George Costanza was indeed a superb showcase for Alexander's physical comedy and punch line timing, but attempts at headlining his own sitcom with "Bob Patterson" (ABC, 2001) and "Listen Up" (CBS, 2004-05), were short-lived. Like his fellow "Seinfeld" cast members, he found it nearly impossible to recreate the once-in-a-lifetime critical and popular success of his breakout series, but Alexander remained steadily employed as a television and theater director, stage actor, and regularly resurfaced in guest TV roles as nebbishy, neurotic types akin to the character that made him famous.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Just Looking (1999) Director
2.
  For Better or Worse... (1996) Director
3.
  Seinfeld: The Chronicle (1998) Clip Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Heat (2013)
2.
 Quantum Quest (2012)
3.
 Stars In Shorts (2012)
5.
 Rock Slyde (2010)
6.
7.
 Meteor (2009)
8.
 Grand, The (2007)
9.
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Milestones close milestones

1974:
Adopted stage name Jason Alexander at age 15
1977:
First professional acting job at age 17 in the children's theater special, "The Pushcart Players: Feelings and Friends"
:
Acted in nationally broadcast TV commercials while a student at Boston University
1981:
Made Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along"; played a Broadway producer
1981:
Feature acting debut, "The Burning"
1981:
Television acting debut, "Senior Trip!" (CBS)
1984:
Played the recurring role of Harold Stickley on the CBS sitcom, "E.R.," starring Elliott Gould
1986:
Returned to features after five years to play a small role as a hardware store clerk in Peter Weir's "The Mosquito Coast"
1987:
Starred as Julian Beeby on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Everything's Relative"
1988:
First TV miniseries, "Favorite Son" (NBC)
1989:
Won a Tony Award playing multiple roles, including the narrator, in the musical revue "Jerome Robbins' Broadway"
1989:
Played George Costanza on the popular NBC comedy series, "Seinfeld"; earned Golden Globe (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998), Emmy (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998) and SAG (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) nominations for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
1990:
Played Richard Gere's misogynistic lawyer in "Pretty Woman"
1992:
Cast as Harry Truman in a Los Angeles revival of the one-person stage play, "Give 'Em Hell, Harry"
1992:
First leading role in a feature, "I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore"
1992:
Made TV directorial debut with "The Good Samaritan" episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC); earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America
1993:
Taught "How to Break into Show Business" at the Los Angeles Learning Annex
1994:
Voiced the title character in the USA Network's animated series, "Duckman"
1994:
Had a small role as the parking commissioner in "The Paper"
:
Formed AngelArk Productions
1995:
Feature directorial debut, "For Better or Worse" (opened in limited release and later aired on TNT)
1996:
Played a hotel manager coping with an orangutang in "Dunston Checks In"
1996:
Voiced one of the gargoyles in Disney's animated "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
1997:
AngelArk signed production agreement with Universal TV
1997:
Played an HIV-positive musical/comedy loving gay man in "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
1998:
Directed the feature "Just Looking/Cherry Pink"; screened at the 1999 Hamptons Film Festival
1999:
Featured in the festival screened "Love in Action in Chicago"
2000:
Portrayed Boris Badenov in the part live action, part animated feature, "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"
2000:
Directed the coming-of-age comedy feature "Just Looking"
2001:
Returned to series TV as star of the short-lived ABC fall sitcom "Bob Patterson"
2001:
Co-starred as the title character's best friend in "Shallow Hal"
2001:
Appeared as himself on episodes of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
2003:
Served as Executive Producer on the action feature "Agent Cody Banks"
2003:
Returned to the stage to star as Max Bialystock in the Los Angeles production of "The Producers"
2004:
Starred in the short-lived CBS comedy "Listen Up," as a character based on sportswriter Tony Kornheiser
2006:
Guest-starred on two episodes of the UPN sitcom, "Everybody Hates Chris"
2007:
Named Artistic Director of the 10-year-old "Reprise! Broadway's Best" series in Los Angeles
2007:
Cast as Jennifer Westfeldt's (Abby) therapist in "Ira and Abby"
2009:
Re-teamed with "Seinfeld" co-creator, Larry David, and the other three principal "Seinfeld" cast members, to appear as himself on several episodes of David's HBO series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
2010:
Starred in the one-man show "The Donny Clay Experience" in Las Vegas
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Education

Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

"Physically, you know, I can't do those leading-man sort of parts. I'm actually much more brooding and sensitive than the comic, cocky parts I usually get offered. But as short as I am, as bald as I am, and my weight added into that, you naturally get typed as the jolly guy. But I'm not whining. When it's between my career or a Twinkie, the Twinkie always wins."--Jason Alexander quoted in US, January 1996

Alexander also teaches acting and sings in cabarets on the side.

He received an honorary doctorate from Boston University.

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wife:
Daena Enid Title. Artist, actor, writer. Born c. 1957; married in 1982.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Alex Greenspan. Office manager. Born c. 1911; married Alexander's mother in 1958; second marriage.
mother:
Ruth Greenspan. Nursing school director. Married Alexander's father in 1958.
half-brother:
Michael Greenspan. Older, born c. 1940.
half-sister:
Karen Van Horn. Older, born c. 1948; works at Texas Commerce Bank; suffers with schleroderma.
son:
Gabriel Title Greenspan. Born on May 14, 1992.
son:
Noah Greenspan. Born in February 1996.
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