In the Beginning
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld, known for his observational humor, was born on April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York to two Jewish immigrants. Seinfeld grew up in Massapequa, New York and spent time during his adolescence volunteering in Israel. He attended State University of New York at Oswego before transferring to Queens College, City University of New York and graduating with a degree in communications and theater.
It was during his time in college when Seinfeld developed an interest in comedy. He preformed in college productions and then went on to try out at various open microphone nights around New York City. He managed to land an appearance in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special, a small role on the sitcom Benson, then made a successful appearance in the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, breaking him into recurring appearances on the late night show circuit.
Most Known For
Jerry Seinfeld is best known for his sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998) which he co-created and co-wrote with Larry David. Seinfeld, the sitcom, is loosely based on the comedian’s real life and persona, often called a “show about nothing.”
The show also featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander, although Seinfeld is the only actor to have appeared in every episode of the show’s running. From 2004-2007 the cast and crew reunited again to work on commentary for the show’s DVD releases.
After Seinfeld ended, Seinfeld continued going on comedy tours, making commercials for companies like American Express, and writing books- mostly about his comedy routines.
Current Personal Life
Seinfeld met Jessica Skla, a public relations executive for Tommy Hilfiger in August 1998. Skla, a newly wed, had been in couples’ therapy with her then husband prior to meeting Seinfeld. She divorced him and married Seinfeld on Christmas Day, 1999. After the wedding the couple bought Billy Joel’s Amaganset, Long Island home. They have three children: daughter Sascha, and sons Julian and Shepherd.
In most recent years, Jerry Seinfeld kept busy with a web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The premise was Seinfeld picking up a different comedian each show, taking him out for coffee and just chatting. He was criticized for not featuring enough women or minority comedians, to which he replied, “Who cares?…You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not.”
During a radio interview with WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” in January 2014 Seinfeld revealed a Seinfeld project was underway. Fans were ecstatic of a potential reunion, especially when a photo surfaced with Seinfeld and Alexander walking into the sitcom’s famous diner, “Tom’s Restaurant.”
Where Are They Now
Seinfeld splits his time between New York and California, making late night show appearances, commentating on the New York Mets on local radio stations, and participating in charity and political movements, namely presidential campaigns. Thanks to his sitcom, stand-up, and syndication deals, Seinfeld is regarded as the wealthiest actor alive with a net worth of $820 million, according to Wealth-X Hollywood in 2014.