Jerry Seinfeld was born April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York to parents Kalman and Betty. He moved with his family, including sister Carolyn, to suburban Massepequa, Long Island at young age. As a child, he was a natural performer and was a follower of the Vaudeville entertainers who preceded him. Dad, who had terrific sense of humor, was a commercial sign maker. Seinfeld attended Oswego College in upstate New York and transferred to Queens College back in New York City where he was an exceptional student.
Seinfeld developed an interest in stand-up comedy after brief stints in college productions. He soon became a staple on the comedy club circuit upon graduation. In fact, Seinfeld went straight from college graduation to amateur night try-out at New York's Catch a Rising Star, 1976. Subsisting on an eclectic mix of jobs that included the odd scam and a shady operation or two, Seinfeld plied his trade with diligence.
He continued to perform in local clubs and Catskill Mountain resorts until his career was boosted by an appearance on a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special, 1976. Jerry's career took off after first successful spot on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962), May 1981, at age 27. Appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982) and "The Merv Griffin Show" (1962) followed. Seinfeld also appeared four times as 'Frankie' on "Benson" (1979) sitcom. After he was abruptly fired from the show, he swore never to do another sitcom unless he had greater control.
Something Out of Nothing:
This opportunity emerged when he was invited to create a sitcom for NBC in 1989 and teamed with one-time stand-up colleague Larry David to create The Seinfeld Chronicles in 1989 which became the long-running "Seinfeld" in 1990. The trend of building a situation comedy around a stand-up entertainer was in the embryonic stage when Seinfeld and partner Larry David convinced former NBC president Brandon Tartikoff to film the pilot for a show about "nothing." The rest became television legend, with Seinfeld changing the genre forever.
Telling You for the Last Time:
Jerry Seinfeld became one of the wealthiest television stars ever when the show became eligible for syndication. He has also scored as an author with his book SeinLanguage and on cable with his HBO specials. His stand-up comedy act is more popular than ever, selling out from city to city. On the home front, his personal life has never been more stable, with wife Jessica and daughter Sascha by his side.
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Jerry Seinfeld Quotes: "A recent survey stated that the average person's greatest fear is having to give a speech in public. Somehow this ranked even higher than death which was third on the list. So, you're telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than have to stand up and give a eulogy." About pregnancy and babies: "It's like getting ready for your own birth. Nothing prepares you ... When those eyes meet your eyes -- I was feeling things I never had feelings like before. I never loved anyone so much at first meeting. I love her so much! But! - Let's make no mistake why these babies come here: to replace us. Their first words are 'Mama,' 'Dada' and 'Bye-bye.' We'll see who's wearing the diapers when this is all over."
Jerry Seinfeld Trivia: Raised in Massapequa (Long Island), New York. Graduated from Queens College (New York). George Wallace was the best man at his wedding. His first child with wife Jessica, a daughter Sascha, was born in New York City. [7 November 2000] Announced signing of deal with Miramax in April 2002 to distribute documentary about his recent travels back on the comedy circuit doing stand-up. For more than a year, Seinfeld has been followed on cross-country gigs with production crew headed by Christian Charles and 'Gary Streiner' (av), who worked on his AmExpress commercials. Bought Billy Joel's house in Amagansett village in the Hamptons (Long Island, NY) for then record-setting price of $32 million in March, 2000. Had a compulsive habit of throwing out the clothes he had traveled with after each road trip. His sister, Carolyn Liebling, is his manager. Announced his engagement to Jessica Sklar (born Nina Sklar on 17 September 1971 in Oyster Bay, New York). They began dating after they met at the Reebok Sport Club in 1998, even though she had just married Eric Nederlander, a scion of the Broadway theater-owning family. At one point, it was reported that Nederlander planned to sue Seinfeld for "alienation of affection" for contributing to the demise of his marriage. No legal action materialized. (10 November 1999) He and his wife Jessica Sklar had a son, born March 1, 2003, named Julian Kal Seinfeld. Birth of their son was announced on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1989). Has a collection of over 500 sneakers. They are all white. Is a Porsche collector. Paparazzis have seen him in at least 9 different ones. Dated the much younger Shoshanna Lonstein for several years [1993-1997]. Dated comedian Carol Leifer, who is said to be the model for the character of Elaine on Seinfeld. Is a New York Mets fan.
A Few More Seinfeld Quotes:
"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking."
"I am so busy doing nothing... that the idea of doing anything - which as you know, always leads to something - cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything."
"I think it's funny to be delicate with subjects that are explosive."
"It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."
"Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem.Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash."
"The Four Levels of Comedy: Make your friends laugh, Make strangers laugh, Get paid to make strangers laugh, and Make people talk like you because it's so much fun."
"The IRS! They're like the Mafia, they can take anything they want!"
"There's very little advice in men's magazines, because men don't think there's a lot they don't know. Women do. Women want to learn. Men think, 'I know what I'm doing, just show me somebody naked.'"
"Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end."
"You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, 'See if you can blow this out.'"