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Jerry Seinfeld Biography

Birth Name:
Jerome Seinfeld
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Comedian, actor, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Volunteered on a kibbutz in Israel for a summer when he was 17
  • Pre-comedy jobs included selling lightbulbs over the phone
  • Started his career in series television in early episodes of Benson
  • Authored the 1993 book Seinlanguage, which landed on the New York Times Best Seller list
  • Purchased Billy Joel's mansion in the Hamptons for $32 million in 2000
  • Seinfeld, which he described as "micro-concept TV," was picked by TV GUIDE in 2002 as the Greatest Show of All Time (beating out I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners)
  • Donated the celebrated "puffy shirt" from Seinfeld to the Smithsonian Institution in 2004
  • Reunited with Seinfeld costars (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards) in a 2009 story arc on Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Was the first guest on the short-lived The Jay Leno Show, which premiered September 14, 2009

Awards

  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Variety Talk Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: nominated
  • 2008Producers Guild Awards-Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Pictures: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1994Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: winner
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated

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