Jerry went straight from his college graduation to an amateur night try-out at New York's Catch a Rising Star. He continued to perform in local clubs until his career took off after his first successful spot on Carson's The Tonight Show in 1981 at age 27.
Appearances on Letterman and Merv Griffin shows followed, and Jerry became a headline stand-up comedian.
In 1989, Jerry teamed up with fellow stand-up Larry David and created The Seinfeld Chronicles for Castle Rock Entertainment. The show became the hit NBC Television series Seinfeld. In 1998, after nine extraordinarily successful years, the last episode aired to a national audience of 75 million people. In its 12th year in syndication, Seinfeld is still a frontrunner in the ratings. In the TV Guide listing of the Greatest Shows of All Time, Seinfeld was voted #1.
After retiring from his hit series, Seinfeld immediately returned to what he loved most, stand-up comedy. He performed to a sold out, week-long engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. The last show was telecast live as an HBO special, I'm Telling You for the Last Time in August 1998.
In 2001, Seinfeld began creating a new stand-up act, which was chronicled in the documentary, Comedian, a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy. After its run in theatres, the film developed a cult following and was highlighted and screened at The Comedy Festival presented by HBO and AEG Live in Las Vegas. Seinfeld was presented with the festival's first annual Comedian Award in recognition of his influential role in furthering the art of stand-up comedy.
In 2003, Jerry penned a best-selling children's book entitled Halloween, which has become a household perennial for both kids and adults alike.
Since his departure from Seinfeld, Jerry has been performing stand-up across the country. He can be seen at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas on a regular basis.
Jerry lives in his hometown of New York City with his wife Jessica and their three children.
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Jerry Seinfeld Facts
|Birth Name||Jerome Seinfeld|
|Birthday||April 29, 1954 (63)|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Height||5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Jerry Seinfeld compared to you?|
|Awards||1994 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Seinfeld)|
|Seinfeld: The Complete Series|
|Seinfeld: Season 1 & 2|
|The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson|
|Seinfeld: Season 9|
|Seinfeld: Season 8|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 1|
|Seinfeld: Season 4|