Born: 29 April 1954
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Best known as: Star of the TV sitcom Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld was already a success as a stand-up comedian when he and Larry David
created the hit TV sitcom Seinfeld
in 1990. In the show, Seinfeld played a fictional version of himself: a single standup comic in New York, surrounded by offbeat friends and coping with the trivialities of modern life. (The show co-starred Michael Richards
as Kramer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Elaine, and Jason Alexander
as George Costanza.) The show became a huge hit for NBC and for Jerry Seinfeld, who ended the show in 1998 while it was still earning some of TV's best ratings and reviews. Seinfeld wrote the comedy book Seinlanguage
in 1993 and the picture book Halloween
in 2002. He appeared in Comedian
, a documentary about stand-up comedy, in 2002. Bee Movie
, an animated feature he wrote, produced, and starred in, was released in 2007.
Jerry Seinfeld began dating 18-year-old Shoshanna Lonstein in 1993, making him a popular topic for tabloid newspapers. Seinfeld then married the former Jessica Sklar in 1999. They have three children: Sascha (b. 2000), Julian (b. 2003) and Shepherd (b. 2005).
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