List of Seinfeld minor characters

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The television show Seinfeld was known for featuring many characters with special quirks.

Secondary characters[edit]

Character frequency[edit]

Character # of episodes Actor Character description
Ruthie Cohen 101 Ruth Cohen A middle-aged cashier at Monk's cafe whom George accused of stealing a $20 bill from him. She can be seen in the background as the cashier at Monk's in almost every episode that features the interior of the cafe as a setting.
Newman 48 Wayne Knight Fellow tenant in Jerry and Kramer's apartment building. An overweight U.S. Postal Worker and Jerry's nemesis. He is an associate in many of Kramer's schemes, and likes Drake's Coffee Cake and Chunky Candy Bars, and has a strong distaste for broccoli, which he considers to be a "vile weed". A trademark of the show is that Jerry greets him with a contemptuous disdainful "Hello... Newman" each time they meet. In The Raincoats, Helen Seinfeld automatically addresses Newman with the same tone. In "The Revenge," only Newman's voice is heard, which was originally voiced by Larry David and rerecorded for syndication.

His first name appears to be known by none of the characters, even his employer—in The Package his business card gave his name merely as "NEWMAN". A minor character calls him "Norman" in "The Bottle Deposit", but this is usually assumed to be a mistake on the part of the actress/character, rather than any revelation of Newman's first name. Newman himself is petty and vindictive (and prone to hysterical rants), and often depicted as a stereotypical "evil genius", which is usually undermined in some way. Though he resents Jerry, he is shown to be willing to work with him at times, but will return later to wreak havoc on his social life, though Jerry often gets the last word. Jerry's exasperation, or epiphany involving Newman will cause him to clench his fist and mutter "Newman!" under his breath.

Frank Costanza 29 Jerry Stiller, John Randolph George's father. Highly eccentric and very quick to anger. Former cook in the Army and detests removing his shoes in other people's homes. Because of his work as a businessman traveling to Korea, he speaks Korean. He invents the "holiday" Festivus, as a reaction to cultural commercialism of Christmas, and of which George has few fond memories. Co-creator of the "manssiere". He associates with a strange lawyer who wears a cape.
Estelle Costanza 29 Estelle Harris George's highly obnoxious and melodramatic mother. She constantly squabbles with Frank and George about their actions, and is the closest thing to reason in the Costanza household. Enjoys playing Mahjong. George claims she has never laughed.
Susan Ross 29 Heidi Swedberg George's on-off girlfriend and later fiancee, and the daughter of wealthy parents. She briefly experimented with lesbianism and worked for NBC before getting fired, both apparently results of her relationship with George. Died from licking cheap, toxic wedding invitation envelopes George bought during their engagement. George initially shows little remorse at her demise, which backfires when he is tied to a charity foundation dedicated to her and realizes had they been married, he would possess vast amounts of money.
Morty Seinfeld 24 Phil Bruns, Barney Martin Jerry's father. He has strong convictions about business and the way of the world. Fittingly, he spent some time as a politician in his Florida retirement community. During his working years he sold raincoats with Harry Fleming and was the inventor of the "belt-less trench-coat." He hates velcro because of "that tearing sound". He occasionally plays into the Jewish stereotype of being extremely mindful of money, once calculating the interest and lost value of $50 that was owed several decades ago. However, he engages in frequent disputes with Jerry over money, refusing to let his son pay for anything in his presence, particularly restaurant checks.
Helen Seinfeld 24 Liz Sheridan Jerry's mother. Often needed to provide reason to Jerry's and Morty's eccentric lifestyle, though overprotective of Jerry. She is the only secondary character to appear in all nine seasons.
Jacopo "J" Peterman 22 John O'Hurley Elaine's boss and the founder of The J. Peterman Company. Eccentric world-traveler. Once fired Elaine on suspicion of opium addiction after she failed a drug test because of a poppy seed muffin and again for her dislike for the film The English Patient. According to O'Hurley, Peterman's distinctive manner of speaking is inspired by "'40s radio drama, combined with a bit of a bad Charles Kuralt."[1]
George Steinbrenner 16 Larry David (voice), Mitch Mitchell, Lee Bear George's boss. Depicted as rambling, hard-nosed owner of the New York Yankees whose face is never seen.
Uncle Leo 15 Len Lesser Jerry's uncle. Brother of Helen Seinfeld. A bit of an old coot. Has a son, Jeffrey, who works in the NYC Parks Department. Is very keen on Jerry stopping to say "hello." Often when something doesn't go the way he wants it to, he attributes it to anti-Semitism. He was once convicted of a "crime of passion."
Matt Wilhelm 12 Richard Herd George's supervisor at New York Yankees. Briefly abducted by a carpet-cleaning cult (by the name of S-men), Wilhelm later leaves the Yankees to become head scout for the New York Mets. He appears to suffer from symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease.
David Puddy 11 Patrick Warburton Elaine's on-again-off-again boyfriend. Unflappable and calm, yet can be a surprisingly passionate individual at times (usually as a result of something Elaine has said). A bit of an airhead and likes to stare into space. Used to be an auto mechanic (considered by Jerry as the only honest mechanic in New York) but later became a car salesman. Dislikes the term "grease monkey." A recovering mysophobe, born again Christian, and a face painting New Jersey Devils fan. Loves Arby's. Known for his trademark line, "Yeah, that's right."
Mr. Lippman 11 Harris Shore, Richard Fancy Elaine's boss at Pendant Publishing. Later, he opens a bakery named "Top of the muffin to you!" that sells only the tops of muffins, stealing the idea from Elaine. Enjoys cigars and botches a big account with the Japanese due to a nasty cold and no handkerchief to sneeze into.
Justin Pitt 8 Ian Abercrombie Elaine's second boss. Extremely wealthy business owner. He is a very picky individual and nearly impossible to please. Eats his Snickers bars with a knife and fork and prefers to wear white knee socks. Fired Elaine after he became convinced she had tried to murder him using a deadly drug interaction, using Jerry as accomplice.
Mickey Abbott 7 Danny Woodburn A quick-tempered little person actor. Typically appears with his friend Kramer. Becomes violent if referred to as a "midget." Often appears in roles as children or elves (with Kramer at a department store). In The Race, it is revealed that he has two college-age children, and in "The Yada Yada" that he has been married three times.
Russell Dalrymple 7 Bob Balaban The president of NBC who works with Jerry and George on a television pilot. Had teenage daughter played by Denise Richards, who was ogled by George and Jerry. Becomes obsessed with Elaine and quits NBC to join Greenpeace in order to impress her. He falls off a small dinghy while chasing a whaling ship. His crewmates (one of whom was played by Larry David) cannot find him in the dark waters, and he subsequently perishes at sea.
Kenny Bania 7 Steve Hytner Stand-up comedian considered a 'hack' by Jerry and other comedians. Jerry especially dislikes him because he uses Jerry's act to warm up his audience. Ovaltine is a main topic of his acts (Jerry: "He thinks anything that dissolves in milk is funny"). Obsessed with eating dinner at Mendy's Restaurant.
Crazy Joe Davola 6 Peter Crombie Writer for NBC who suffers from mental problems. Attacked Kramer, blames Jerry for misfortunes, dated and stalked Elaine Benes. Depressed that Elaine rejected him, he dressed up like the clown from the opera Pagliacci and beats up several street toughs who antagonize him. Likes to leave his door open to "encourage intruders".
Dugan 6 Joe Urla Co-worker of Elaine at J. Peterman. Thinks that no one should make fun of pigs.
Jackie Chiles 6 Phil Morris Kramer's eccentric lawyer. A very successful lawyer, but has had bad luck when representing Kramer. Favorite sayings are "Outrageous! Egregious! Preposterous!" Parody of Johnnie Cochran.
Larry 6 Lawrence Mandley The manager and/or owner of Monk's Cafe, often antagonized by the foursome's antics. Occasionally brandishes a gold earring.
Jack Klompus 6 Sandy Baron Short tempered resident of Phase Two of the Pines of Mar Gables who seems to consistently have a grudge against Morty Seinfeld. Has a cool astronaut pen that he gives to Jerry out of duress. Gets a "sweetheart deal" from Jerry for Morty's Cadillac, then subsequently drives it into a marsh.

Other characters appearing in 5 or more episodes[edit]

  • Dr. Tim Whatley, played by Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad), a dentist, once dubbed "Dentist to the Stars" by George. In "The Yada Yada," he converts to Judaism, according to Jerry, just for the jokes. Jerry's anger at Whatley causes Kramer to call him an "anti-dentite". His giving Jerry a label maker he received from Elaine in the episode "The Label Maker," leads to the term "regifting." In "The Jimmy," Whatley irks Jerry by having Penthouse magazines in his waiting room and by possibly "violating" him while he was unconscious during a tooth filling. Also appears in the episodes "The Mom & Pop Store" and "The Strike" for a total of 5 episodes.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Ross (played by Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie): Parents of Susan, George's fiancee. After Kramer burned down the family's cabin, it was revealed that Mr. Ross had had a homosexual affair with author John Cheever. "Yes, he was the most wonderful person I've ever known. And I love him deeply! In a way you could never understand." ("The Cheever Letters") Mrs. Ross is a memorable alcoholic who disdains yet tolerates her husband. In the episode "The Wizard," the couple confirms George's longstanding suspicion that they never liked him, and blamed him for Susan's death. In the finale, Mr. Ross is seen buying a gun after learning George was happy after Susan's death.

  • Carol (played by Lisa Mende): Mutual friend of the main characters. Carol and her husband, Michael, lived in the Hamptons, and she kept insisting that the group come out to see their baby. She had two babies, a cute one that was dropped by Kramer in "The Boyfriend," and an ugly baby that was introduced in "The Hamptons". Kramer once likened the cute baby to Lyndon Johnson while Elaine compared the ugly one to a Pekingese. Carol is notable for her nasally voice and her memorable quote: "You gotta have a baby!" or "You gotta see the baby!" in "The Soul Mate". Her final appearance was in "The English Patient," when she and her friends shunned Elaine after she showed her dislike for the film of the same name.

Characters appearing in 2 to 4 episodes[edit]

  • Vanessa (played by Lynn Clark):[2] An attractive woman whom Jerry meets at a birthday party in "The Stake Out" (Season 1, Episode 2). They date once in "The Stock Tip" (Season 1, Episode 5).
  • The Doctor (Siegel/Wexler) (played by Victor Raider-Wexler): The doctor who performed the surgery in "The Junior Mint, he was also the doctor who broke the news of Susan's death in "The Invitations" and who diagnosed George's atrophied condition in "The Summer of George". Also testified in "The Finale" about George's reaction to the news of Susan's death, which he described as "restrained jubilation".
  • Peggy (played by Megan Cole) : appeared in season 8 "The Susie" as Elaine's coworker who mistakes Elaine for someone named Susie. She also appears in a season 9 episode "The Apology" and revealed to be a germophobe.
  • The Soup Nazi (played by Larry Thomas): Based on a real person (Al Yeganeh); a chef who often denied customers his delicious soup for the slightest misbehavior with the admonition, "NO soup for you!" The character's name, revealed in "The Finale," is Yev Kassem.
  • Nana (played by Billye Ree Wallace) is Jerry's grandmother and the mother of Helen Seinfeld and Uncle Leo. When her mind starts to mix up the present and the past, she reveals that Uncle Leo owes his sister, Jerry's mom, $50 from a racetrack bet their father won when they were kids.
  • Dolores (played by Susan Walters): Jerry's girlfriend; he doesn't know her name, only that it rhymes with a female body part (his best guess: "Mulva"). (The Junior Mint). Jerry reunites with her in "The Foundation".
  • Donald Sanger, aka The Bubble Boy (played by Jon Hayman): Jerry agrees to visit a bubble boy, who lives in a hermetically sealed bubble due to a compromised immune system. Jerry gets lost on the way, and George ends up meeting the bubble boy but finds he is a bratty spoiled kid; George and Donald get in a fight over a typographical error on a Trivial Pursuit card, when it says the Moops (rather than the Moors) invaded Spain. The fight results in the boy's bubble being popped.
  • Noreen (played by Kelly Coffield, In Living Color): A friend of Elaine's who dated Dan, the high talker. Elaine continuously destroyed Noreen's life until Kramer intervened and urged her to return to the military. She attempted to commit suicide, but Frank Costanza's cape-wearing lawyer (played by Larry David) stopped her.

  • Lloyd Braun (played first by Peter Keleghan, then by Matt McCoy): A childhood friend of George's. Estelle Costanza would badger George with "Why can't you be more like Lloyd Braun?" In "The Non-Fat Yogurt," Lloyd worked for David Dinkins until he passed along Elaine's suggestion that everyone in New York City wear name tags. Dinkins lost the race and Braun had a nervous breakdown. (The episode, which aired two days after the real mayoral election, was shot in two forms; had Dinkins been re-elected, Braun would've instead served in, and by taking Elaine's advice ruined, Rudy Giuliani's campaign.) After spending time in a mental institution, Lloyd helped Kramer gain historical status for a movie theater, in "The Gum". In "The Serenity Now," Braun worked for a short time for George's father, Frank Costanza, allegedly selling computers (although the phone line he was "using" wasn't connected). Larry David named the Lloyd Braun character after the real-life Lloyd Braun, who was David's lawyer and manager.

  • Babu Bhatt (played by Brian George): From Pakistan. Jerry seems to mess up his life at every turn, by giving bad business advice on his restaurant and by not passing on his immigration notice that is accidentally delivered to Jerry's mailbox. Babu thinks that Jerry is a "very, very bad man" (wagging his finger).

  • Barbara "Babs" Kramer (played by Sheree North): Cosmo Kramer's mother. She used to be a matron in the women's restroom at a restaurant, but was persuaded by Kramer to resign from that job and pursue an undefined venture with him. Although first mentioned in "The Nose Job," her first on-screen appearance is in "The Switch," where she also unintentionally reveals Kramer's first name to be Cosmo and has a sexual encounter with Newman. Babs was once addicted to alcohol and/or drugs claiming to have been "clean" for two years.

  • Bob Cobb (played by Mark Metcalf): A conductor who prefers to be called "Maestro" and has a villa in Tuscany. Cobb introduced Kramer and Frank Costanza to the trick of taking their pants off before sitting so the pants will "keep the crease". The character is named after the inventor of the Cobb Salad.[citation needed]
  • Poppie (played by Reni Santoni): Owner of an Italian restaurant who disapproves of abortion, tells traumatizing stories of his mother's death, is very strict on his idea of what pizza is, and developed stress-activated incontinence because of Elaine, which further causes him to stain Jerry's couch. The "Poppie couch" turns up in "The Doorman". First appeared in "The Pie", in which Jerry is disgusted by Poppie's neglecting to wash his hands in the bathroom.

  • Izzy Mandelbaum (played by Lloyd Bridges): Fellow resident of Jerry's parents in Del Boca Vista in Florida; head of family-owned Magic Pan crepe restaurants. His favorite saying is "It's go time!" He is obsessed with his physical fitness. In "The English Patient" he throws his back out twice after being challenged by Jerry. Izzy also appears in "The Blood".
  • Scott Drake (played by Rick Overton): A mutual friend of the main characters, often referred to with the phrases "Love the Drake" or "Hate the Drake". Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer give him and his fiancée a big screen TV as a wedding gift, only to find out soon after that they have broken up and his ex-fiance, the "Drakette," gave it away to charity. In "The Pilot, Part 2," the Drake and Drakette (who have gotten back together) are seen watching Jerry's pilot program on a small, handheld black and white television. In The Label Maker, he is engaged to marry The Drakette again, but they break up after he learns that the wedding is on the same day as the Super Bowl and tries to postpone it.
  • Leslie (played by Wendel Meldrum): Kramer's "low-talking" girlfriend, a clothing designer who designed the new puffy shirt featured in "The Puffy Shirt" episode. She also appeared in "The Finale" as a witness in the trial, but her testimony was not accepted because no one in the courtroom could hear her.
  • Joe Mayo (played by Pat Finn): Another mutual friend of the main characters, except Kramer. Hosts parties and assigns chores to the guests. Kramer later confesses he's never heard of him, and that to him, the name 'Joe Mayo' sounds made up. Joe Mayo is also a reference to a crew member of the series.
  • Alec Berg (played by Mark DeCarlo): Friend who gives ice hockey tickets to Jerry in "The Face Painter". Named after Alec Berg, one of the series' writers. Jerry thinks the name would sound particularly appealing when spoken by John Houseman. Jerry is apparently snubbed by Berg because Berg felt that he was due another "thank you" or two for the tickets.

  • Sue Ellen Mischke (played by Brenda Strong): Known as the "bra-less wonder," heiress to the Oh Henry! candy bar fortune, and nemesis of Elaine, whom she knew since they attended high school together in Maryland. She bids up the price of a set of golf clubs once owned by John F. Kennedy, which Elaine's boss J. Peterman had asked Elaine to buy at an auction, exceeding his limit. In "The Caddy," Elaine is so incensed that Sue Ellen doesn't wear a bra that she gives her a bra as a gift, which Sue Ellen then promptly wears as a top. This causes Kramer to crash George's car when he and Jerry see her walking in her bra down the street. The courtroom scene that follows is an allusion to the O. J. Simpson trial, ending with Jackie Chiles exclaiming that a bra has to be worn up against the skin, "like a glove." In "The Betrayal," Sue Ellen invites Elaine (accompanied by Jerry and George) to India for her wedding. Elaine and Sue Ellen briefly reconcile their animosity before it is revealed that Elaine once had a relationship with Sue Ellen's groom. She also appears in "The Bottle Deposit, Part 1" and "The Abstinence". Interestingly, there was a character named Sue Ellen Mischke, mentioned in the pilot episode of the sitcom Happy Days.
  • Ping (played by Ping Wu): Chinese food delivery boy, who sues Elaine after hitting a car while trying to avoid colliding with her as she is jaywalking. When asked how he felt after the accident Ping replied, "Head huwt, head weally huwt!" In "The Tape," when George calls a Chinese company to order hair growth cream, Ping acts as the interpreter.
  • Remy Temple: Joe Temple's daughter. She is a great fan of Audrey Hepburn, and watched Breakfast at Tiffany's with her father and George in "The Couch". She appears again in "The Diplomat's Club" when George brings another Audrey Hepburn film, but her father tells her to get up to the apartment instantly before George came up.
  • Jake Jarmel: (played by Marty Rackham) Author Elaine dated for a period. Dislikes using exclamation marks in "The Sniffing Accountant". Broke up with Elaine after she bought Jujyfruits immediately after hearing he was in a car accident ("The Opposite"). Bought his glasses in Malaysia so no one else would have a pair like them ("The Scofflaw"). He started a fight with Mr. Lippman when he noticed that Lippman had the same "unique" frames as himself. The actor who plays Jake Jarmel also appears as an LAPD officer in the episode "The Trip".

  • Mr. Kruger (played by Daniel von Bargen): President of Kruger Industrial Smoothing, for which George Costanza works during most of the ninth and final season. Kruger is noted for his total apathy towards his job and the success of his company. George's description of the company is "Kruger Industrial Smoothing: 'We don't care, and it shows'" ("The Strike"). George is often forced to push Kruger to do his work, to which Kruger usually responds, "I'm not too worried about it." He also attends the Festivus dinner. Kruger's company "botched the Statue of Liberty" job as they "couldn't get the green stuff off" and is infamous for losing money (when viewing the company financial reports Kruger nonchalantly exclaimed, "wow, we really took it on the chin last year"). Kruger appears in four episodes: "The Slicer," "The Strike," "The Burning," and "The Maid".

  • Sally Weaver, played by Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List): Susan Ross's roommate in college, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she appears in "The Cartoon" and "The Doll" as an aspiring actress and comedienne. In "The Doll," she was indirectly responsible for ruining Jerry's bit for The Charles Grodin Show, not once but twice. In "The Cartoon" she becomes famous and even gets a cable special for her one-woman show, titled "Jerry Seinfeld is the Devil," which naturally becomes a favorite of Newman's. In "The Doll," it was revealed that Sally was an executive at Federal Express.
  • Mr. Morgan (played by Tom Wright) A coworker of George's at Yankee Stadium. He appears in four episodes, "The Pledge Drive," where George convinces Mr. Morgan that the Yankees should send a player to a PBS fundraiser after he sees George eating a candy bar with a knife and fork; "The Diplomat's Club," where he hints that George had a racial bias after George said that he looked like Sugar Ray Leonard; "the Mom and Pop Store," where George calls a meeting to convince the Yankees to have a "Jon Voight Day," and Mr. Morgan proposes they have no more meetings called by George; and "The Wink," where George causes a dispute with Mr. Morgan, his wife, and Mr. Steinbrenner by winking involuntarily, ultimately leading to Mr. Morgan's termination, and George being promoted to his position.
  • Wyck Thayer (played by Bruce Davison): Chairman of the Susan Ross Foundation, who assumes that George actually killed Susan. Appeared in the first two episodes of the eighth season, as well as "The Van Buren Boys" later in the same season. George consistently calls Wyck "Wink".
  • Franklin Delano Romanowski, aka "FDR," (played by Michael McShane): Another of Kramer's eccentric friends. In "The Betrayal," he uses his birthday wish against Kramer as the result of a grudge held after Kramer struck him in the back of the head with a snowball. The same actor also appears briefly in "The Wizard" as the hot dog vendor talking with George. Although his character's name is not revealed, he is presumably the same character because he was seen selling hot dogs in "The Betrayal" also. He is mentioned by Kramer in several episodes, usually in some outrageous anecdote.
  • Sal Bass (played by Tony Amendola): Kramer meets him at the health club and thinks he is Salman Rushdie. In "The Pilot", Sal Bass is shown watching Jerry's pilot program with Sidra. Out of the blue, Bass remarks, "You know, that Kim Novak had some really large breasts."
  • Sidra Holland: (played by Teri Hatcher): Jerry's date in "The Implant". Known for her breast and catch phrase; "They're real and they're spectacular". She also appears in "The Pilot", watching Jerry's pilot program with Sal Bass, and in "The Finale", sleeping with Jackie Chiles.
  • Bob and Ray/Cedric (played by Yul Vazquez and John Paragon): Hostile homosexual couple that accost Cosmo Kramer in "The Soup Nazi," "The Sponge," and "The Puerto Rican Day". They are widely known as "street toughs". They steal Elaine's armoire that Kramer is guarding in "The Soup Nazi," verbally and physically attack him for not wearing an AIDS walk ribbon in "The Sponge," and attack him when he accidentally sets fire to a Puerto Rican flag. John Paragon's character is credited as "Ray" in "The Soup Nazi," but is addressed and credited as "Cedric" in "The Sponge".
  • Mabel Choate (played by Frances Bay): The woman at Schnitzer's deli who bought the infamous last marble rye, which Jerry went on to steal from her on the street in order to give to George to carry out one of his numerous idiotic schemes. She reappeared in a later episode at Del Boca Vista to cast the deciding vote in Morty's impeachment, when she recognized Jerry as the thief of her rye. She also appears in the final episode of the series as a witness testifying against Jerry, again bringing up the marble rye.
  • Ricky (played by Sam Lloyd): The man who takes Frank Constanza's TV Guide from Elaine in the subway and later turns it into a bouquet to declare his affection for her during "The Cigar Store Indian". He reappears in a later episode "The Pie" where it is revealed the reason mannequins looking like Elaine are appearing all over New York and Chicago is because he still thinks of her.
  • Allison (played by Kari Coleman): George's ex-girlfriend whom he claims is obsessed with him, proven by the fact that she threatened to kill herself if George broke up with her. Furthermore, in the end of the episode, "The Smelly Car," Allison, in an apparently lesbian-like manner, compliments the vest of George's other ex-girlfriend, Susan, with whom she is seen watching the pilot program in a later episode, "The Pilot".
  • Tia Van Camp (played by Jennifer Campbell): Blonde supermodel whom Jerry is seated next to on an airplane flight back to New York ("The Airport"). Jerry ends up getting a future date with Tia, who also appears in a subsequent episode ("The Pick"). Tia eventually dumps Jerry when she notices him in his car, appearing to pick his nose.
  • Sid: Professional car parker. George fills in for him briefly in "The Alternate Side" and fails miserably, causing Sid's nephew to lose his foot to amputation because George's incompetence caused several of Sid's regular customers to quit. This created a significant loss of income to Sid, thereby rendering him unable to finance his nephew's operation. Sid appears again in "The Parking Space".
  • Earl Haffler: Appeared in "The Diplomat's Club". He made bets with Kramer on which planes coming to the airport would arrive later than scheduled. Earl appears again in "The English Patient," where his deal with Kramer to buy "Cubans" falls through and he orders Cosmo out of his office.
  • Ramon: (played by Carlos Jacott): Annoying pool boy at Jerry's former health club who tried to become friends with Jerry, but Jerry did not want to be friends with Ramon because he did not need a fourth friend. Of course, Ramon thought it was because he cleaned pools for a living. He later becomes friends with Newman. He was originally fired from the health club for using too much chlorine but has his job back there again for unknown reasons. Some time later at the health club he is nearly killed when Jerry pulls him into the pool and Newman suddenly jumps on him whilst yelling "Ollie ollie oxen free!". During this incident, Jerry and Newman don't give him CPR and have their gym memberships terminated for failing to try to save Ramon's life ("The Pool Guy"). He also appears in the courtroom in "The Finale".
  • Mike Moffit: (played by Lee Arenberg): Calls Jerry a "phony" behind his back and gets into an argument with George over a parking space in front of Jerry's apartment ("The Parking Space)." He also appears as Kramer's bookie in "The Susie," where Jerry accidentally breaks his thumbs and traps him in the trunk of Jerry's car.
  • Rebecca DeMornay (not to be confused with the actress): (played by Sonya Eddy): A thrift store clerk who is in a constant state of agitation and is prone to violence. In another episode she works with the homeless. She once threatened to jump over the counter and punch George "in the brain". Appears in "The Bookstore" and "The Muffin Tops".
  • Lt. Bookman, played by Philip Baker Hall (Secret Honor): A library cop whom Jerry has eluded since his 1971 checkout of Tropic of Cancer. His dedication to his job and coincidental surname are cause for Jerry's dismissive attitude towards him. He accuses Jerry of preventing other youngsters from experiencing the book's sought after adult-themed content or as Bookman refers, "pee-pees and wee-wees". His character is defined by his deadpan delivery (a parody of Sgt. Joe Friday in Dragnet) and tendency to dramatically flip his trench coat during interrogations. Appears in "The Library" and "The Finale, Part 2"
  • Matthew: (played by John Christian Graas): Son of the purveyor of the "fat-free" yogurt, Matthew is a 10-year-old boy who idolizes Jerry. He overhears Jerry swearing, and, following his idol's lead, refers to Jerry as a "funny fuck" ("fuck" is censored). He ruins an audiocassette of Jerry's comedy, at which Jerry lets loose a torrent of obscenity. When the yogurt is revealed to have fat, Matthew cusses out Jerry again. Matthew first appears in "The Parking Space" in Season 3 and puts in his two cents over whether George has a parking space. Appears in The Non-Fat Yogurt and The Parking Space.
  • Joey Zanfino (played by Todd Bosley, Scrubs): A 9 year old boy who lives in the same apartment building as Jerry, Kramer and Newman. Joey's mother asks Kramer to babysit him but due to his tight jeans, this results in Joey mistaking him for Frankenstein and running away. By his second appearance, they are friends and go to the same karate class, despite Kramer being many years older. Joey and his friends later beat up Kramer because he was able to beat them so easily in Karate. He appears in both Season 7's The Wait Out and Season 8's The Foundation. Joey is also mentioned in Season's 9 "The Serenity Now", as he and his friends fight with Kramer, which leads him to a nervous breakdown and to destroy George's computers.
  • Mrs. Zanfino (played by Diana Castle): A Women who lives with her son, Joey, in the same apartment building as Jerry, Kramer and Newman. She asks Kramer to babysit Joey in Season 7's "The Wait Out", and appears again in Season 8's "The Foundation", when she drives Kramer, Joey and a few other kids from the Karate class. Mrs. Zanfino is also mentioned in Season 8's "The Fatigues", when Kramer is cooking food for a Jewish singles night, and uses her kitchen to make Kugel.
  • Rachel Goldstein: (played by Melanie Smith): Jerry's most dated girlfriend in the series, having appeared in four episodes (including a two-part episode). In "The Raincoats," she and Jerry make out while watching Schindler's List and are seen by Newman, who informs Jerry's and Rachel's parents of the incident. As a result, her father tells Jerry she won't be seeing him again but they are still together later in the series. In "The Hamptons," Rachel accidentally walks in on George naked while he is a victim of "shrinkage," having just gotten out of the pool. She tells George's girlfriend, who immediately returns home as a result. In "The Opposite," she breaks up with Jerry, who quickly says he'll find somebody else as things always even out for him.
  • Tina Robbins: (played by Siobhan Fallon Hogan): A "waitress/actress" (although she considers herself an "actress/waitress") who is Elaine's roommate in her original apartment, later moving out and sub-letting it to her. She is introduced in "The Deal" and dates Kramer in "The Truth," much to the dismay of Elaine, who complains about the loud tribal music and sexual noises in her apartment. She makes a brief appearance in "The Opposite," kicking Elaine out of her apartment for, among other things, buzzing up a jewel thief and using Canadian quarters in the washing machine.
  • Katie: (played by Debra Jo Rupp, That '70s Show): Jerry's annoying agent. First, in "The Diplomat's Club," she invites the pilot of the plane to Jerry's comedy routine and tells Jerry not to be nervous, which makes Jerry extremely nervous and causes him to "bomb." Next, in "The Abstinence," Katie gets Jerry an entire assembly at his former junior high school after Jerry is "bumped" at Career Day by a zoo worker. Jerry is unprepared for the assembly, and after he tells his first joke, he is met with boos. Consequently, David Letterman cancels Jerry's appearance on his talk show after hearing about his poor performance at the assembly.
  • Deena: (played by Mary Jo Keenan of Nurses): A childhood friend of George who thinks that he is mentally unstable after she repeatedly catches him in bizarre situations. First, in "The Gum," she notices striking similarities between George's behavior and that of her mentally unstable father (affectionately known by all as 'Pop'), that being "nervousness, irritability, and paranoia". Her suspicions are heightened when she sees him walking down the street in a King Henry VIII costume telling people he just left the "institution." Then, in "The Doll" she catches him in the coffee shop, alone and screaming at a doll that looks like his mother. Finally, in "The Bottle Deposit" she is visiting her father at the mental asylum when she runs into a hysterical George, who was mistakenly sent there by Mr. Steinbrenner. She ignores his pleas to help him escape, believing that he is finally getting the help he needs.
  • Rusty: (played by Jon Gries): Homeless man who falsely identifies Kramer in a police lineup and is hired by Kramer and Newman as labor for their short-lived rickshaw venture. During his trial run, Rusty stole the rickshaw. He appears in "The Beard" and "The Bookstore".
  • Jiffy Park Guy/Jiffy Dump Guy: (played by Chaim Girafi): An attendant at Jiffy Park who may or may not be utilizing George's car, along with other cars parked on the lot, as a den of iniquity for prostitutes to conduct their business in the episode "The Wig Master". His second appearance was in "The Muffin Tops," where he portrayed the late-night operator of sister-company Jiffy Dump, who steadfastly refuses to accept trash bags of discarded muffin stumps.
  • Counter Woman: (played by Kathryn Kates): In the episodes, "The Dinner Party (Seinfeld)" from season 5, and "The Rye" from season 7, the Counter Woman works at Schnitzer's Bakery. In season 5, the Counter Woman ignores the fact that Jerry and Elaine came in ahead of David and Barbara Benedict, a couple on their way to the same dinner party, who purchase the last chocolate babka. The Counter Woman makes another appearance and is seemingly happy to give her last marble rye bread to a woman ahead of Jerry. After the woman refuses Jerry's offer to buy her rye for $50, Jerry eventually steals it from her.
  • Fred: (played by Fred Stoller): Elaine had met him at a party some time before, but his lack of recall for the meeting mesmerizes her. He appears in "The Secret Code (Seinfeld)" in Season 7.
  • Father Curtis: (played by Henry Woronicz): A priest which consults Elaine and Puddy on their relationship in "The Burning", and with Jerry on his encounter with Tim Whatly in "The Yada Yada".
  • Shlomo: (played by Reuven Bar-Yotam): Appears in Season's 8 "The Muffin Tops" as a foreign guy on Kramer's "Peterman Reality Tour" bus, who questions the pizza-pound cake. In Season's 9 "The Frogger", he appears again as Shlomo the truck driver, who George hires to help him move the Frogger machine.
  • Marcelino (played by Miguel Sandoval): The owner of the bodega on Jerry's block. In Season 8 "The Little Jerry", he runs an illegal cockfighting ring in the back of his store. In "The Millenium", Kramer mentions that Marcelino is 1/64th Mayan. Marcelino also appears in "The Finale" where he testifies about the cockfighting ring.

Unseen characters[edit]

  • Doug, Kramer's cop buddy featured in The Frogger. Kramer finds caution tape in the evidence room while the cops are worried about "The Lopper".
  • Cousin Jeffrey, Jerry's horse-faced cousin, about whom Uncle Leo always raves. He worked for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Jeffrey once got Jerry tickets to a Paul Simon concert, and a glasses-less George once claimed to see Jeffrey kissing Jerry's girlfriend in the street (it turned out to be a policewoman patting a horse). According to Uncle Leo, Jeffrey's favorite animal is the leopard because he likes the spots, and he keeps in close contact with his college botany professor, a friendship which Leo thinks is rare. Jeffrey received a citation from the city for his edible foliage tour through Central Park. The back of Cousin Jeffrey's head can be seen in the deleted scenes for the "The Glasses" episode on the season DVD.[3]
  • Bob Sacamano, one of Kramer's best friends, who is often referred to as the source of nutty ideas or inaccurate information. He is from New Jersey. Bob's father lives in Florida and is the source of faulty electronic organizers known as "Willards" (instead of the more expensive "Wizards") that foil Kramer's run for condo board president. In "The Heart Attack," Kramer explains how Bob had a botched hernia operation, so that now he has a high-pitched voice and spends his days in a wheelchair. He also had rabies at some point. Bob worked, for a time, in a condom factory and provided a bag of defective condoms to Kramer in "The Fix-Up," which George then used with Elaine's friend, briefly thinking he had impregnated her as a result. Bob once stayed at Kramer's apartment as a guest for a year and a half. Larry Charles created Sacamano, naming him after a real-life friend. Bob also befriended Jerry when Jerry and Kramer trade apartments. Jerry adds that Bob sells Russian hats in Battery Park for $40. The hats are made from nutria, a type of rat, instead of sable
  • Lomez, an unseen friend of Kramer's. He is an Orthodox Jew, "old school," according to Kramer in The Fatigues. In The Betrayal, Kramer bangs on the door of a portable toilet yelling "Come on Lomez, we're going to miss the movie!" When Kramer starts the Peterman Reality Bus Tour in "The Muffin Tops," he notes Lomez' place of worship on the tour. Kramer purchases a hot tub from Lomez and speaks on the phone to him while taking a shower in "The Apology". In "The Package," Kramer tells Jerry that he traded his stereo to Lomez for some steaks. In "The Voice," Kramer's intern Darren tells Jerry and George that "Mr. Kramer's in a meeting with Mr. Lomez." And in "The Van Buren Boys," one of the Susan Ross Scholarship interviewees is credited, although not mentioned, as Lomez Junior. His relation, if any, to Lomez remains unknown as his only line is "You like that, don't you?" when George mentions that he has a 4.0 GPA. In "The Slicer," Kramer tells Elaine that Lomez blew his neighbor's circuit to stop an incessant alarm, prompting her to do the same. Later in the same episode, Kramer tells Elaine that, in blowing his neighbor's circuit, Lomez caused the automatic cat feeder to stop functioning, resulting in incessant meowing from the neighbor's cat. When Elaine asks Kramer what Lomez did about it, he replies that "He moved to a hotel and the cat eventually died".
  • Jay Riemenschneider, a friend of Kramer's. Kramer once mentioned that Jay "eats horse (meat) all the time" ("The Seven").
  • Corky Ramirez, a friend of Kramer's "up on 94th street" ("The Little Kicks"). A friend of Kramer's called "Ramirez" appears at a bar in "The Van Buren Boys".
  • Len Nicademo, a friend of Kramer. Kramer moved in with Len when Len "had the gout" ("The Stand In").
  • Specter, a friend of Kramer's. Was said to have a fat fetish and that he never dated a woman under 250 lbs. Specter was also said to become a minimalist in "The Tape".
  • Jerry's Sister, referenced in "The Chinese Restaurant".
  • George's Brother, referenced in "The Suicide" and "The Parking Space".
  • Elaine's sister, Gail, referenced in "The Airport," "The Stake Out" and "The Pick".
  • Simons, one of George's friends who gave him stock exchange advice in the episode "The Stock Tip".
  • Aunt Sylvia, Jerry refers to his Aunt Sylvia during a conversation with Elaine on her front stoop in the episode "The Soup".
  • Sharon Besser, a woman from Jerry's past who in 1973 played a part in either the "greatest moment" or "worst moment" of his life. Mentioned in "The Pony Remark".
  • Jerry "Pachyderm" Persheck, also known as "The Derm" is referenced by all four major characters in the episode The Stand-In. One evening Pachyderm exclaimed that he was going to approach a woman; however, before approaching her he grabbed two pieces of pizza that were much too hot with his bare hands. Pachyderm, determined to approach the woman, held the two burning pieces of pizza in his hands until he resorted to juggling them which ultimately resulted in him throwing the pizza in the air. According to Elaine, the whole place "went crazy" when one piece landed on Pachyderm's face and the other landed on the woman's face. At the end of the episode George's girlfriend leaves him for Pachyderm who has apparently resorted to repeating the pizza event as a way to pick up women.
  • Ed Roidlick, a Seinfeld family connection in the advertising industry that Morty and Helen Seinfeld want Jerry to contact (and give up comedy) when they learn he has bounced a check ("The Little Jerry").
  • Dr. Bison, Jackie Chiles' doctor, who is mentioned by Jackie Chiles in numerous episodes.
  • Suzy, Jackie Chiles' receptionist/secretary who usually sets up appointments with Dr. Bison, but seems to appear in the series finale with Jackie Chiles.
  • Harry Fleming, Morty Seinfeld's employer as mentioned while in a meeting with J Peterman as he refers to 5:15 as "all hours of the night."
  • Mr. Wilkinson, Simons' friend who invested millions into Sendrax ("The Stock Tip").
  • Paco, A cook at Monk's Café, known for leaving rubber bands in the soup ("The Strike").
  • Aunt Baby, George's aunt who died at age seven ("The Money").
  • Uncle Mo, George's paternal uncle who died a young man of internal problems ("The Money").
  • Hennie, George's maternal cousin, once removed ("The Money"), who, according to Frank Costanza was "sickly from the day I met her."
  • Patty Lawrence, Jerry's ex-girlfriend who assures him by phone that she had orgasms while they were dating ("The Mango").

Imaginary characters and pseudonyms[edit]

  • Eduardo Corrochio, Elaine Benes's imaginary matador boyfriend in "The Good Samaritan". Not to be confused with the Spanish-born tap-dancing champion whom she may or may not have met at either Zabars or Ray's Pizza.
  • Whitey Fisk, George's imaginary friend. George tells Jerry and Elaine that he saw Last Tango in Paris with him. Jerry claims Whitey is the "Summer Jerry," due to the fact that they were supposedly best friends when Jerry was away at camp.
  • Art Vandelay, George's imaginary alter-ego, which is referenced in many episodes. In "The Finale," the name of the judge is, coincidentally, Arthur Vandelay.
  • Kel Varnsen is an alias used by Jerry in "The Boyfriend," in order to help George with his Vandelay Industries. He also uses this alias in "The Puerto Rican Day".
  • H.E. Pennypacker. Kramer appears as H. E. Pennypacker, "a wealthy industrialist". In order to help Elaine get revenge on Putumayo in "The Millennium," Kramer (as "Pennypacker") attempts to use his pricing gun to greatly reduce the prices of the store's clothing. When Kramer inadvertently crushes the pricing gun, he removes the desiccants from some of the clothes (which will make clothes noticeably musty in five years), and tells Gladys Mayo, "I think I'm going to build a roller coaster instead." He also uses the alias in "The Puerto Rican Day" where he poses as a buyer interested in an apartment in order to use its bathroom.
  • Martin van Nostrand or Peter von Nostrand. As Dr. Martin von Nostrand, Kramer tried to get Elaine's medical chart in "The Package". He also used the von Nostrand alias in "The Slicer," posing as a Juilliard-trained dermatologist, and is recognized as Dr. von Nostrand in "The Strike". Kramer used the name Martin von Nostrand (without the "doctor" prefix) while auditioning for the role of himself on the show Jerry in "The Pilot, Part 1". Kramer posed as Professor Peter von Nostrand in "The Nose Job" in order to retrieve a jacket from another man's apartment.
  • Wanda Pepper is an alias used by Elaine in "The Nose Job" in order to pick up Kramer's jacket.
  • Dylan Murphy is an alias used by Jerry in "The Limo".
  • Colin O'Brien is an alias used by George in "The Limo".
  • Susie, an alter ego created by Elaine in "The Susie," who Peggy believes is real and with whom J. Peterman claims to have had an affair while he is speaking at her funeral. Susie hates when people refer to her as "Suze", which she considers to be the name of a "pom-pom-wavin', backseat bimbo".
  • Paloma. Elaine's alias as Uncle Leo's nurse in "The Package" in order to get cream for her rash and eyebrows for Uncle Leo.
  • Steven Snell. Kramer's character on Murphy Brown during a short stint as an actor in Los Angeles.
  • Slappy White. Jerry's alias he claims to have used in Atlantic City during "The Money," to cover up for the fact that he bought his parents back the Cadillac that they sold. The real Slappy White was a comedian who died a year before the episode.
  • Snoopy and Prickly Pete. George's imaginary horses, conjured up in "The Wizard" as part of his attempt to convince Susan's parents that he had a lavish home in The Hamptons that included a stable.
  • Pepe. George's made up chef in the play "La Cocina" during a meeting with NBC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adventurer: Seinfeld's J. Peterman. Forbes.com Video Network. Retrieved Jun 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Seinfeld" The Stakeout (TV Episode 1990) - IMDb
  3. ^ Somer, Jared; Somer, Adam. "Cousin Jeffrey: He Works for the Parks Department". Unofficial Seinfeld Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 

External links[edit]

Seinfeld at the Internet Movie Database