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Jason Alexander
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Alexander in 2006
Born
Jay Scott Greenspan

September 23, 1959 (1959-09-23) (age 60)
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, director
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s)
Daena Title (m. 1982)
Children 2

Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and director.

Alexander is best known for his role as George Costanza in the television series Seinfeld.

Alexander has had an active career on stage, appearing in several Broadway musicals including Jerome Robbins' Broadway in 1989, for which he won the Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He appeared in the Los Angeles production of The Producers. He was the Artistic Director of "Reprise! Broadway's Best in Los Angeles", where he has directed several musicals.

Early life

Alexander was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Jewish parents. Alexander grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and is a 1977 graduate of Livingston High School. He attended Boston University but left the summer before his senior year, after getting work in the city of New York.

At Boston University, Alexander wanted to pursue classical acting, but a professor redirected him toward comedy after noticing his physique, remarking, "I know your heart and soul are Hamlet, but you will never play Hamlet." He was later given an honorary degree in 1995. He is a practicing magician, and only switched to acting as a career when he realized that he was unlikely to succeed as a magician.

Career

Seinfeld Cast in the 1990s
Seinfeld Cast in the 1990s

Alexander began his acting career on the New York stage and is an accomplished singer and dancer. He is best known as one of the key cast members of the award-winning television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), in which he played George Costanza (Seinfeld's character's best friend since childhood).

Alexander was nominated for six (6) Primetime Emmy Awards and four (4) Golden Globe Awards for his performance as Costanza, but did not win any, mainly due to his co-star, Michael Richards being nominated and winning for his role as Cosmo Kramer. He did, however, win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his work.

Before Seinfeld, he starred in a commercial for John Deere and in a short-lived CBS sitcom called Everything's Relative in 1987 which lasted six episodes. Alexander voiced Catbert, the evil director of human resources, in the short-lived Dilbert animated series based on the popular comic strip. He has acted and voiced in many other series and movies since beginning his career.

Filmography

Film

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Jason Alexander 2008
Jason Alexander plays Annie Duke s charity event at the 2009 WSOP
Jason Alexander plays Annie Dukes charity event 2009
Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Burning Dave
1986 The Mosquito Coast Clerk
1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs Pool Player
1990 Pretty Woman Philip Stuckey
1990 White Palace Neil
1990 Jacob's Ladder Mr. Geary, the lawyer
1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Bernie Fishbine
1993 Sexual Healing Frank
1993 Coneheads Neighbor Larry Farber
1993 For Goodness Sake VCR Customer Short film
1994 The Paper Marion Sandusky
1994 North North's Dad
1994 The Return of Jafar Abis Mal (voice) Direct-to-video
1994 Blankman Mr. Stone
1995 For Better or Worse Michael Makeshift Also director
1995 The Last Supper The Anti-Environmentalist
1996 Dunston Checks In Robert Grant
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hugo (voice)
1997 Love! Valour! Compassion! Buzz Hauser
1998 Denial Art Witz
1999 Madeline: Lost in Paris Henri / Uncle Horst (voices) Direct-to-video
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Frank Bonner
1999 Just Looking Director
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Boris Badenov Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2000 Let's Rap Fire Safety Smoke Detector (voice) Short film
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Father (voice)
2001 On Edge Zamboni Phil
2001 Shallow Hal Mauricio Wilson
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Hugo (voice) Direct-to-video
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Lil' Lightning (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2006 Farce of the Penguins Penguin on Belly (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2006 Ira and Abby Dr. Morris Saperstein
2006 Hood of Horror British Record Mogul
2006 How to Go Out on a Date in Queens Johnny
2007 The Grand Dr. Yakov Achmed
2009 Rock Slyde Mailman Stan
2009 Hachi: A Dog's Tale Carl
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Moronic (voice)
2011 The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle Eugene (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2012 Stars in Shorts Sid Rosenthal
2015 Wild Card Pinky
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Larry's Dad
2016 Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz Mr. Bibb / The Nome King (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2018 The Gettysburg Address Noah Brooks (voice) Documentary

Television

As actor

Seinfeld actors montage
Seinfeld actors montage
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Senior Trip Pete Television film
1984–1985 E/R Harold Stickley 15 episodes
1986 Rockabye Lt. Ernest Foy Television film
1987 Everything's Relative Julian Beeby 10 episodes
1988 Newhart Ramming Episode: "Courtin' Disaster"
1989–1998 Seinfeld George Costanza 178 episodes
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1992–93)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995, 1997–98)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1996, 1999)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1993–95, 1998)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1992–98)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1996–99)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1993–95)
1992–1993 Dinosaurs Additional voices 7 episodes
1993 Dream On Randall Townsend Episode: "Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1994–1997 Duckman Eric Duckman (voice) 70 episodes
1994, 1998 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1994 Aladdin Abis Mal (voice) 14 episodes
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Albert Peterson Television film
1996 Muppets Tonight Himself Episode: "Jason Alexander"
1996 The Nanny Jack Episode: "The Tart with Heart"
1997 Remember WENN Alan Ballinger Episode: "Nothing Up My Sleeve"
1997 Cinderella Lionel Television film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1998 Hercules Poseidon (voice) 4 episodes
1999 Jingle Bells Elf (voice) Television film
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Kurros Episode: "Think Tank"
1999–2000 Dilbert Catbert (voice) 9 episodes
2001, 2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself 5 episodes
2001 Friends Earl Episode: "The One Where Rosita Dies"
2001 Bob Patterson Bob Patterson 10 episodes; also executive producer
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Zutho (voice) Episode: "Tarzan and the Face from the Past"
2002 Son of the Beach Tex Finklestein Episode: "Penetration Island"
2002 House of Mouse Hugo (voice) Episode: "Donald Wants to Fly"
2002 The Twilight Zone Death Episode: "One Night at Mercy"
2002 The Man Who Saved Christmas A.C. Gilbert Television film
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Leonard Episode: "Future Malcolm"
2004–2005 Listen Up! Tony Kleinman 22 episodes; also producer
2004 A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley Television film
2005 Monk Marty Eels Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective"
2006 Odd Job Jack Don (voice) Episode: "Twenty-One You're Dead"
2006–2007 Everybody Hates Chris Principal Edwards 2 episodes
2006 Campus Ladies Professor Episode:"A Very Special Episode"
2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine Dr. Palmer Episode: "One and a Half Men"
2008 Criminal Minds Prof. Rothchild Episode: "Masterpiece"
2009 Meteor Dr. Chetwyn 2 episodes
2010–2013 Fish Hooks Mr. Nibbles (voice) 3 episodes
2010 The Cleveland Show Saul Friedman (voice) Episode: "Brotherly Love"
2010 American Dad! Sal (voice) Episode: "White Rice"
2011 Glenn Martin DDS Brandon (voice) Episode: "GlenHog Day"
2011 Franklin & Bash Carter Lang Episode: "Big Fish"
2011 Harry's Law Richard Cross Episode: "Bad to Worse"
2011 China, IL Harold (voice) 2 episodes
2011 A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Human Cosmo Television film
2011 Dora the Explorer Owl (voice) 3 episodes
2012 Two and a Half Men Dr. Goodman Episode: "The Straw in My Donut Hole"
2012 Clipaholics Narrator 8 episodes
2013 Community Mountain Man Episode: "Intro to Felt Surrogacy"
2014 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee George Costanza Episode: "George Costanza: The Over-Cheer"
2014 Kirstie Stanford Temple Episode: "Maddie's Agent"
2014 The Tom and Jerry Show Rick (voice) 2 episodes
2014 How Murray Saved Christmas Doc Holiday (voice) Television film
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL Himself Episode: "The Hand That Feeds"
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Coach Wallace (voice) Episode: "Ultrahyperball"
2015 Drunk History William "Boss" Tweed Episode: "Journalism"
2015–2016 The Grinder Cliff Bemis 4 episodes
2016 The Mark Lembeck Technique Mark Lembeck Pilot
2017 Animals. Algae (voice) Episode: "Rats"
2017 The Simpsons Bourbon Verlander (voice) Episode: "The Caper Chase"
2017 Hit the Road Ken Swallow 10 episodes; also co-creator, writer and executive producer
2017 Kody Kapow Goji (voice)
2017 Robot Chicken Krampus (voice) Episode: "Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition"
2018 Young Sheldon Mr. Lundy Episode: "Killer Asteroids, Oklahoma, and a Frizzy Hair Machine"

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