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Also Known As: Lawrence Gene David Died:
Born: July 2, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: writer, director, producer, actor, stand-up comic, chauffeur, bra salesman, cab driver, TV repairman

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Writer-director-producer Larry David achieved enough success for one lifetime as the creator of one of the most beloved sitcoms in television history, only to make an incredible transition into the star of his own hit cable series a few short years later. Beginning as a struggling stand-up comic in New York, David's early work as a television comedy writer included relatively unremarkable stints on the late night sketch shows "Fridays" (ABC, 1980-82) and "Saturday Night Live" (1975- ) in the mid-1980s. It was while working on these shows that David first met future collaborators Michael Richards and Julia-Louis Dreyfus, who later became core cast members of the sitcom David created with fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Conceived as a "show about nothing," "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) became one of the most popular shows of all time, despite a rocky start in its formative first season. In addition to his producing and writing duties on the series, David's notoriously acerbic personality also served as the inspiration for Seinfeld's best friend, George Costanza (Jason Alexander). After leaving "Seinfeld" David dabbled in feature films, but it was as an even more socially-inept version of himself on his...

Writer-director-producer Larry David achieved enough success for one lifetime as the creator of one of the most beloved sitcoms in television history, only to make an incredible transition into the star of his own hit cable series a few short years later. Beginning as a struggling stand-up comic in New York, David's early work as a television comedy writer included relatively unremarkable stints on the late night sketch shows "Fridays" (ABC, 1980-82) and "Saturday Night Live" (1975- ) in the mid-1980s. It was while working on these shows that David first met future collaborators Michael Richards and Julia-Louis Dreyfus, who later became core cast members of the sitcom David created with fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Conceived as a "show about nothing," "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) became one of the most popular shows of all time, despite a rocky start in its formative first season. In addition to his producing and writing duties on the series, David's notoriously acerbic personality also served as the inspiration for Seinfeld's best friend, George Costanza (Jason Alexander). After leaving "Seinfeld" David dabbled in feature films, but it was as an even more socially-inept version of himself on his improvisational comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000-2011) that he achieved his second monumental triumph on the small screen. David's twisted take on life and his unique ability to mine laughter from its painfully awkward moments turned him into one of television's most unlikely and oddly lovable protagonists.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Sour Grapes (1998) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Clear History (2013)
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 Whatever Works (2009)
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 Sour Grapes (1998) Tv Producer
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 New York Stories (1989) Theatre Manager ("Oedipus Wrecks")
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 Radio Days (1987) Communist Neighbor
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 Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? (1983) Mort'S Friend At Cafe
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 Second Thoughts (1983) Monroe Clark
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1974:
Performed as a stand-up comedian in New York City
1980:
Hired as a writer and performer on ABC's late-night comedy series "Fridays"; Michael Richards was also in the cast
1982:
Feature acting debut in "Second Thoughts"
1983:
Appeared in Henry Jaglom's film "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?"
1984:
Spent one season as a writer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; met Julia Louis-Dreyfus who was a cast member
1987:
Had a small role as a Communist neighbor in Woody Allen's nostalgic "Radio Days"
1989:
Teamed up with comedian Jerry Seinfeld to create NBC's "Seinfeld" (first aired as "The Seinfeld Chronicles"); was also co-producer and writer; appeared occasionally as the voice of George Steinbrenner and Frank Costanza's lawyer; left at the end of Season 7, but returned to pen the series finale in 1998; received multiple Emmy Award nominations for writing and producing from 1991-1996
1989:
Re-teamed with Woody Allen for "Oedipus Wrecks," a segment of the anthology movie "New York Stories"
1998:
Feature writing and directing debut, "Sour Grapes"; produced by wife Laurie David
1999:
Wrote, produced and starred in the HBO comedy special "Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm"
2000:
Created and played the lead role on the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; also produced and written by David; earned Emmy nominations for Best Comedy series (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008) and Best Actor (2003, 2004, 2006), Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy series (2005) and Best Actor (2002, 2004, 2005) and SAG nominations for Best Actor (2005, 2009)
2009:
Re-teamed with Woody Allen to star in his New York¿based comedy "Whatever Works"
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Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series
2012:
Appeared in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers
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Education

Sheepshead Bay High School: Brooklyn , New York -
University of Maryland: College Park , Maryland - 1969

Notes

"Ghostface Killah and I are discussing a possible collaboration on a music video." --Larry David's answer to Entertainment Weekly's question "Who is your dream collaborator?" 6/28/02

Larry David drives a $20,000 Prius electric hybrid car; he opted for no extra features, which come at an additional cost.

Larry David split an estimated $600 million dollars with Jerry Seinfeld after Seinfeld was sold into syndication.

"The only change I can really see is that I don't have to shop for pants in stores anymore. I can just call up and they'll bring the pants right over to my house. That's no small thing. Trying on pants is one of the most humiliating things a man can suffer that doesn't involve a woman." --David on the changes that come with huge success

"To be honest with you, I think the only thing that really worked in my favor, is that right from the beginning I really didn't give a shit whether or not the show was a success. That's not to say I didn't want to do good work, but I wasn't about to let myself be judged by network standards. When you're not concerned with succeeding, you can work with complete freedom." --David on the success of "Seinfeld"

"You write about what you know." --David on how he came up with the idea for the famous "Contest" episode of "Seinfeld" which dealt with the topic of masturbation.

David once quit SNL in a fury after yet another one of his sketches was cut after the dress rehersal. After reflecting on the money he was giving up that night, David returned to work the next day and pretended like nothing happened. This story was later turned into a "Seinfeld" episode where George quits his job in a huff then shows up in a meeting the next day.

"Larry is very in tune with his own deepest, darkest, most embarrassing thoughts -- and he's utterly unabashed about sharing them." --"Seinfeld" writer Peter Mehlman

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wife:
Laurie David. Former talent coordinator for David Letterman. Produced David's film "Sour Grapes" (1998); married in 1993.

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