Jerome “Jerry” Seinfeld was born on April 29, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Kalman Seinfeld, was of Austrian Jewish background and was a sign maker; his mother, Betty, is of Sephardi Mizrahi Syrian Jewish descent. Her family was registered as Turkish.
In 1976, after his graduation from Queens College, Seinfeld tried out at an open mic night at New York’s Catch a Rising Star. Soon after, he began appearing in a Rodney Dangerfield HBO special. In 1979, he had a small recurring role as Frankie on the sitcom Benson. In May of 1981, he made a highly successful appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Seinfeld then became a regular on similar shows, including Late Night with David Letterman and The Merv Griffin Show.
In 1989, Seinfeld co-created The Seinfeld Chronicles with Larry David for NBC. The show was later renamed Seinfeld and, by its fourth season, became the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. On the show, Seinfeld played a fictional caricature of himself. The show left the air in 1998.
In 1998, Seinfeld returned to stand-up comedy and went on tour and recorded a comedy special entitled I’m Telling You for the Last Time.
Seinfeld is also a bestselling author, most notably for his book Seinlanguage, released in 1993. The book went onto become a number one New York Times bestseller.
Seinfeld married Jessica Sklar on December 25, 1999. They have one daughter, Sascha (b. November 7, 2000), and two sons, Julian Kal (b. March 1, 2003) and Shepherd Kellen (b. August 22, 2005), and live in New York City.
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