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Born: April 29, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


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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