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Also Known As: Jerome A Seinfeld Died:
Born: April 29, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: comedian, comedy writer, producer, actor, telephone sales (light bulbs), waiter

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For his place in entertainment history as the co-creator and star of TV Guide's "#1 Greatest TV Show of all time," "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Jerry Seinfeld's real life path seemed as simple and effortless as the sitcom that was supposedly "about nothing." He became a successful stand-up comic, parlayed that into a sitcom based on his life as a successful stand-up comic, and after nine years on TV returned to being a successful standup comic. Without a doubt, Seinfeld was the definitive observational comedian, naturally funny and obsessively hard-working, but the oft-overlooked secret to his success was his singularity of focus. He knew what he did best - irreverent, observational humor about the everyday minutiae of modern life - and he became the best at it.

For his place in entertainment history as the co-creator and star of TV Guide's "#1 Greatest TV Show of all time," "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Jerry Seinfeld's real life path seemed as simple and effortless as the sitcom that was supposedly "about nothing." He became a successful stand-up comic, parlayed that into a sitcom based on his life as a successful stand-up comic, and after nine years on TV returned to being a successful standup comic. Without a doubt, Seinfeld was the definitive observational comedian, naturally funny and obsessively hard-working, but the oft-overlooked secret to his success was his singularity of focus. He knew what he did best - irreverent, observational humor about the everyday minutiae of modern life - and he became the best at it.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Concert For New York City, The (2001) Segment Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Bee Movie (2007)
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 Comedian (2002) Comedian
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 Good Money (1996)
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 Ratings Game, The (1984) Network Representative No 1
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 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (2004) Honoree (Archival Footage)
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in Massapequa, New York
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Played Sampson in his high school production of "Romeo and Juliet" during junior year
1976:
First performed stand-up comedy at Good Times in New York City
1976:
Was a regular at the Improv and also worked as the MC at the Comic Strip
1980:
Moved to Los Angeles
1980:
Cast in a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Benson"
1981:
Made first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (May 7)
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Made more than 50 appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman"
1987:
Appeared on his first television special, "Jerry Seinfeld's Stand-Up Confidential" (HBO)
1989:
Co-created and starred (also wrote and executive produced) in the long-running NBC comedy series, "Seinfeld"
1991:
With Jamie Lee Curtis and Dennis Miller, co-hosted the telecast of "The 43rd Annual Emmy Awards"
1993:
Received $1.5 million for his first book, <i>SeinLanguage</i>
1994:
Hosted NBC special "Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld"
1998:
Toured with his stand-up act, "I'm Telling You for the Last Time"; aired as a 60-minute HBO comedy special
1999:
Wrote the introduction for <i>Letters From a Nut</i> by Ted L Nancy; many believe the author was a psuedonym for Seinfeld; also released "More Letters From a Nut" in 2000
2002:
ABC purchases TV rights to the <i>Nut</i> books; Seinfeld was attached as executive producer
2002:
Profiled in a documentary titled "Comedian"; revealed his offstage struggles and neuroses
2004:
Appeared in two commercial webisodes promoting American Express, entitled "The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman" with former "Seinfeld" co-star Patrick Warburton voicing Superman
2007:
Made a brief return to NBC, guest-starring in the second-season premiere of "30 Rock"
2007:
Voiced the main character in the animated feature, "Bee Movie" (also wrote and produced)
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:
Produced the NBC comic reality series about marriage, "The Marriage Ref"
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Education

Massapequa High School: Massapequa , New York -
State University of New York at Oswego: Oswego , New York -
Birch Lane Elementary School: Massapequa , New York -
City University of New York: Flushing , New York - 1976
City University of New York: Flushing , New York - 1976
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1998

Notes

Seinfeld has practiced Zen meditation since the early 1970s.

Among the television specials in which Seinfeld has appeared are "Rodney Dangerfield: It's Not Easy Being Me" (HBO), NBC's "Disneyland's Summer Vacation Party (both 1986), "An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote" (ABC, 1988), "The Montreal International Comedy Festival" (HBO, 1989), NBCs' "Night of 100 Stars III", CBS' "The Second Annual Valvoline National Driving Test", NBC's "Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous" (all 1990), "The Barbara Walters Special with Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, Al Pacino, Jerry Seinfeld, and Clint Eastwood" (ABC, 1993) and "Comedy Club Superstars" (ABC, 1996).

"I always start with me. I don't think, here's something that people will like. I start with what I like. . . When you 'affect a persona', it's very tiring for the comedian, and ultimately the audience, to sustain the illusion." --quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, July 16, 1991.

Part of Seinfeld's breakfast cereal routine considers such all-important factors as "Milk-estimation skills--so important. What do you do when you get to the bottom of the bowl and you still have milk left? Well, I say, put in more cereal." --From The New York Times, September 29, 1991.

"Baseball is mankind's most sublime invention. It might be the only thing we've ever created that's perfect." --quoted in press release material for the "43rd Annual Emmy Awards"

Received an honorary doctorate from Queens College in 1994.

The original research report compiled from audience testing conducted by NBC in response to the series' pilot contained such comments as: "He's [Jerry] just a loser, who'd want to watch this guy?", "Jerry needs a stronger supporting cast", "It's hard to get excited about two guys going to the Laundromat", "Jerry is dense and indecisive" and "Why are they interrupting the stand-up for these stupid stories?"

On wanting to move back to NYC: " . . . after a while in Los Angeles, you're not going to be funny anymore. I feel like I have a certain amount of oxygen left from being out here, and eventually, I won't be funny. It just slowly ebbs away, because the environment is very unfunny. L A is very unfunny. Out here they exterminate it. In New York, you breed it, it's in the air. The garbagemen have it, the mailmen have it, everybody has it." --Jerry Seinfeld to Rolling Stone, September 22, 1994.

"The biggest moment of my career was, and is, 'The Tonight Show'. That was as big as it gets. The biggest. In fact, Garry Shandling and I had dinner with Johnny Carson the other night. We did 'The Tonight Show' the same month in 1981 and it was the greatest period of our lives and we wanted to tell him thanks." --Seinfeld to Vanity Fair, May 1998.

In August 2002, an unauthorized biography "Seinfeld: The Making of an American Icon" by Jerry Oppenheimer was published

"Why would you want something...that stands in the middle of your living room, looks you in the eye and then poops in their pants? As they look at you! I tell you, it's a little unnerving." Seinfield on babies US Weekly October 7, 2002

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companion:
Carol Leifer. Comedian, screenwriter, producer. Reportedly the model for the character of Elaine on "Seinfeld".
companion:
Shoshanna Lonstein. Born c. 1975; together from May 1993 until February 1997.
companion:
Jennifer Crittenden. Screenwriter. Wrote for TV series "Seinfeld"; reportedly dated in summer 1998 after she separated from her husband, Jace Richdale.
wife:
Jessica Sklar. Publicist. Born c. 1971; met at an NYC health club; reportedly dating as of the fall of 1998, just months after her marriage to Eric Nederlander, from whom she separated; separated briefly before reconciling and announcing their engagement in November 1999; married on December 25, 1999 in NYC.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Kalman Seinfeld. Ran a commercial sign business. Died in 1985.
mother:
Betty Seinfeld. Born c. 1915.
sister:
Carolyn Liebling. Seinfeld's business manager. Born c. 1952.
daughter:
Sascha Seinfeld. Born on November 7, 2000; mother Jessica Sklar.
son:
Julian Kal Seinfield. Born March 1, 2003; mother Jessica Sklar.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"SeinLanguage" Bantam Books
"Jerry Seinfeld: The Entire Domain" Birch Lane Press

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