Where is the Seinfeld cast now?
It’s been 23 years since the iconic NBC series Seinfeld came to an end. But, there has been a lot of renewed interest in the sitcom ever since Netflix announced that the show will be part of the streaming platform’s October releases. But, even though Seinfeld ended in 1998, the lives of the cast members continued. Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards, all went on to do other gigs. So, let’s take a look at where the Seinfeld cast is now.
The Seinfeld cast: Then & Now
It’s amazing how a show about nothing pretty much became the most influential sitcom of all time. Not only did it change the way sitcoms were perceived, but it also affected mainstream television shows, like The Sopranos. And so, it’s understandable for fans to still be curious about what the incredible cast of the show has done over the years.
It can be said that Jerry Seinfeld reaped the most benefits out of his namesake TV show. Since 1998, the comedian has amassed over $950 million net worth and has appeared on multiple shows. Most notable, he hosted a very famous talk show for 7 years – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. And in it, he hosted several notable Hollywood personalities and the Comedian-in-chief himself, President Barrack Obama. Other than that, he has worked on Talking Funny with fellow comedians Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K. He also has two Netflix specials under his belt, namely Jerry Seinfeld: Before, and Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill. Needless to say, he has been a busy man since the NBC original ended. But, he’s not the only one.
There’s little doubt that Elaine Benes is arguably the best female character to have ever been written in a sitcom. But, did you know that Julia Louis-Dreyfus herself is the richest of the entire Seinfeld cast? Her fortune is in the billions, thanks to her family’s massive wealth. But, despite that, she has managed to make a name for herself based solely on her immaculate acting talent. Since Seinfeld ended, Louis-Dreyfus has been involved in numerous projects. Most notably, she played the lead role of Vice President Selena Meyer in Veep and featured in The New Adventures of Old Christine as Christine Campbell.
But, she is far from done as she recently made her Marvel debut as well, playing the role of Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Black Widow. Although she has just had cameos as of right now, she is set to take on the role in a bigger capacity. For her, it looks like Seinfeld was just the start.
The beloved George Costanza himself. Larry David made this character a mirror image of himself. And there are few characters on television with whom so many people could relate. And Jason Alexander pretty much did a perfect job to portray the character that we still love to this day. But, he has also worked in a lot of other movies and shows since Seinfeld. He has appeared in movies like Shallow Hal, a rom-com in which he played a supporting role. Moreover, he also voiced Hugo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and returned in the sequel too. Apart from that, he has also worked on 101 Dalmatian II: Patch’s London Adventure, The Voyages of Young Doctor Doolittle, and Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz.
But, Alexander has done a lot more than just movies. He has appeared as lead on Bob Patterson, Listen Up!, and Hit the Road as well. And if that wasn’t enough, he has worked as a director too in Everybody Hates Chris, Criminal Minds, and a few other projects. Of course, these roles didn’t reach the heights that Seinfeld did, but which show is ever going to do that? It’s been quite a fulfilling career for Alexander without a doubt.
The actor that arguably has had the most difficult time since the show ended is Michael Richards. He played the beloved character, Kosmo Kramer, in Seinfeld, but since then his career didn’t really take off. And much of it has been Richards’s own undoing. After an infamous racist rant in 2006, in which he repeatedly uttered insensitive racial remarks to black members of the audience, Richards has had difficulty in landing any stable gig in Hollywood. Even though Richards apologized for his racist rant, it was difficult for him to salvage his career. His close friend Jerry Seinfeld also condemned his words but remained friends with his Seinfeld co-star. Since then, Richards has appeared multiple times on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.