Jerome ‘Jerry’ Allen Seinfeld was born in New York, on April 29, 1954. He is an actor and comedian who started at New York’s open-mic nights and became a huge success with the sitcom “Seinfeld,” which portrayed the daily lives of four friends: Elaine Benes, Cosmo Kramer, George Costanza, and his namesake Jerry Seinfeld. The last episode was shown in 1998 and it was watched by 76 million people. Get to know more about him as we celebrate his special day.
Jerome Allen Seinfeld, better known as Jerry Seinfeld, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 29, 1954. His interest in comedy started in childhood, stimulated by his father, Kálmán Seinfeld. In 1976, after graduating from college, he started to present his stand-up comedy shows in local clubs, making humorous comments about everyday life. His career had a breakthrough after his appearance on “Rodney Dangerfield H.B.O. Special.” From there, Seinfeld became a more frequent figure on T.V. shows and won a role on the sitcom “Benson,” but was abruptly fired after four appearances. After that, the comedian decided that he would only return to another sitcom if he had full control over the production.
In 1989, the opportunity to create his television show finally came. N.B.C. hired Seinfeld to create a sitcom alongside his friend and fellow comedian Larry David. Together, the two created the series “Seinfeld,” in which Seinfeld played a character based on himself. The series became a massive success with audiences and critics. Many of the show’s catchphrases have become embedded in American popular culture, making Seinfield a series of unprecedented successes. The show ran for nine seasons and had its last episode aired in 1998.
After the end of the sitcom, Seinfeld returned to New York to make his stand-up comedy comeback. The artist hit the road with a tour that went through several clubs and theaters in the U.S., which was documented in the film “Comedian.” Years later, Seinfield would co-write, co-produce, and voice the bee Barry B. Benson, the protagonist of the animated “Bee Movie.” In 2020, Netflix announced Seinfeld’s first original stand-up special in 22 years, “23 Hours to Kill.” The show premiered on the streaming service on May 5.
He graduates from college and performs his first stand-up show at the club Catch a Rising Star’s open-mic night.
Although he gets a role in the sitcom, he is fired after just four episodes due to creative differences.
His first one-hour special "Stand-Up Confidential" airs live on H.B.O.
N.B.C. invites “Seinfeld” to write a sitcom alongside his friend and fellow comedian Larry David.
With the ending of the sitcom, Seinfeld returns to New York and makes his comeback at stand-up comedy clubs.
He co-writes, co-produces, and voices the bee Barry, the protagonist of the animated “Bee Movie.”
"23 Hours to Kill," his first stand-up special in 22 years, premieres on Netflix.
Why We Love Jerry Seinfeld
He is relatable
His writing for “Seinfield” was greatly appreciated as the characters in the story were relatable. One could argue that Seinfield himself is very relatable because of his ideas about art, humor, and life.
He stands for underprivileged families
Seinfield believes in giving back to society in his own way. His charity organization, The Good+ Foundation, has donated over $42 million to invest in early childhood, supporting new mothers, and engaging fathers
He knows his audience well
Seinfield could have easily continued his sitcom with all the success it was getting. However, he chose not to do so as he understands that fans love the show because the writers did not drag out the storyline.
5 Surprising Facts
He uses an interesting pseudonym
Seinfield is a huge New York Mets fan and often calls up Steve Somers' show on W.F.A.N.-A.M, using the pseudonym Jerry from Queens.
He is into transcendental meditation
Seinfield swears by the benefits of transcendental meditation for stress control and often promotes it, and has been practicing this discipline for more than 40 years.
He is an autophile
He owns 150 cars, including the first and last produced air-cooled Porsche 911s.
He wrote a children's book
In 2002, he penned "Halloween," which describes American Halloween from a child's point of view.
He is a coffee machine enthusiast
He is now the owner of multiple espresso machines, including the $17,000 Elektra Belle Epoque.
Jerry Seinfeld FAQs
What is Jerry Seinfeld's wife's name?
Her name is Jessica Seinfeld.
Does Jerry Seinfeld have kids?
Yes. He has three kids: Sascha, Julian, and Shepherd.
Does Jerry Seinfeld have siblings?
Yes. Seinfeld has an older sister named Carolyn.
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