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Biography #2 (for Comedian)

One of the most successful and culturally influential comedians of his generation, Jerry Seinfeld is best known for his wide-ranging observations on everyday life and the realities of being human. His comedy style formed the foundation of the sitcom Seinfeld, which became one of the most beloved and critically admired series in history. Seinfeld served as creator, producer and star of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show.

Jerry Seinfeld received an Emmy Award as producer of Seinfeld (Oustanding Comedy Series, 1993); a Golden Globe Award and three nominations for Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series; and a Television Critics Award. In addition, he won the American Comedy Award as Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series - Lead (1992 and 1993) and was named Best Lead Actor/Comedy at the American Television Awards in 1993.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in nearby Massapequa, Jerry Seinfeld' s fascination with comedians began at age 8. He started his comedy career after graduating from Queens College. His early days in comedy were a struggle. Seinfeld made ends meet in a variety of unusual jobs ranging from selling light bulbs over the phone to hawking fake jewelry on the streets of New York.

His first big break came at the famed New York City Club, The Comic Strip and he spent the next several years honing his craft and becoming the national club circuit' s most sought after act. In 1987, Seinfeld was signed to star in his first television comedy special, the HBO production Jerry Seinfeld: Stand-up Confidential. That success led to appearances on Showtime' s Aspen Comedy Festival and NBC' s Saturday Night Live. In 1988, he earned the American Comedy Award as Funniest Male Stand-up Comic.

In 1990, Seinfeld teamed up with fellow comedian Larry David to create what was then called The Seinfeld Chronicles, a show that was self-admittedly about nothing. Known as Seinfeld from its second episode forward, the show gained critical attention and a loyal audience that grew exponentially over the years. The series ended in 1998 but was recently named the Best Television Series of All Time by TV Guide.

Elsewhere on television, Jerry Seinfeld has also made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman and has been a featured guest on The Barbara Walters Special and Larry King Live. Additionally, he has served as a spokesperson for American Express, appearing in the popular ads created by David Apicella, Christian Charles and Chris Mitton, during which Charles formed his association with Seinfeld ultimately leading to the production of COMEDIAN.

Jerry Seinfeld is also the author of the best-selling book SeinLanguage (Bantam Books), which stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for 33 weeks. Most recently, Seinfeld released the video and album Jerry Seinfeld on Broadway: I' m Telling You for the Last Time, a concert originally filmed for HBO, featuring Seinfeld' s final performance of the material that made him famous. Another forthcoming project is a book for children, Jerry Seinfeld' s Halloween. And on top of all that, Seinfeld continues to perform his one-man show to sold-out audiences across the U.S.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Comedian" (25-Apr-2003)


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