David at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
|Birth name||Lawrence Gene David|
July 2, 1947 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, theatre|
|Genres||Observational comedy, satire, improvisational comedy, black comedy|
|Influences||Phil Silvers, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, John Cleese|
|Influenced||Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, Jack Dee, Sean Lock, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Garlin, Casper Christensen, Graham Linehan, Armando Iannucci, Dave Byrd|
|Spouse||Laurie Lennard (m. 1993; div. 2007)|
Lawrence Gene "Larry" David (born July 2, 1947) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and television producer. He and Jerry Seinfeld created the television series Seinfeld, and he served as its head writer and executive producer from 1989 to 1996. David has subsequently gained further recognition for the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, which he also created, in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
David's work won him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1993. Formerly a stand-up comedian, David went into television comedy, writing and starring in ABC's Fridays, as well as writing briefly for Saturday Night Live. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards as well as being voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders as number 23 of the greatest comedy stars ever in a 2004 British poll to select "The Comedian's Comedian".
David was born in the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Rose (née Ratner) and Morty David, who was a men's clothing manufacturer. His family is Jewish. He graduated from Sheepshead Bay High School, and then from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in History, before graduating in Business Administration from Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. After college, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve.
While a stand-up comedian, David also worked as a store clerk, limousine driver, and historian. He lived in Manhattan Plaza, a federally subsidized housing complex in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, across the hall from Kenny Kramer, the inspiration for the Cosmo Kramer character in Seinfeld. David then became a writer for and cast member of ABC's Fridays from 1980 to 1982, and a writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) from 1984 to 1985. During his time at SNL, he was able to get only one sketch on the show, which aired at 12:50 AM, the last time slot on the show.
David quit his writing job at SNL in the first season, only to show up to work a few days later acting as though nothing had happened. That event inspired a second-season episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Revenge". David met his future Seinfeld stars during that early stage of his career: he worked with Michael Richards (Kramer) on Fridays and with Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) on SNL. He can be heard heckling Michael McKean when McKean hosted SNL in 1984, and he can be seen in the sketch "The Run, Throw, and Catch Like a Girl Olympics" when Howard Cosell hosted the season finale in 1985.
In 1989, David teamed up with comedian Jerry Seinfeld to create a pilot for NBC called The Seinfeld Chronicles, which became the basis for Seinfeld, one of the most successful shows in history, reaching the top of TV Guide's list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time. Entertainment Weekly ranked it the third-best TV show of all time. David made occasional uncredited appearances on the show, playing such roles as Frank Costanza's cape-wearing lawyer and the voice of George Steinbrenner. He was also the primary inspiration for the show's character George Costanza. David left Seinfeld on friendly terms after the seventh season but returned to write the series finale in 1998, two years later. He also continued to provide the voice for the Steinbrenner character.
David wrote 62 of the episodes of Seinfeld, including 1992's "The Contest", for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award and which TV Guide ranked the episode No. 1 on its list of "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time". Syndication of Seinfeld earned David an estimated US$250 million in 1998 alone. This amount has been steadily decreasing each year, but payments will continue until the full $1.7 billion from the original deal has been paid. In 2008 David made $55 million from Seinfeld syndication, DVD sales, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was nominated for an Emmy award 19 times for Seinfeld, winning twice – once for best comedy and once for writing.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The HBO cable television channel aired David's 1-hour special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, on October 17, 1999. This was followed by Curb Your Enthusiasm, a television series on HBO that aired its first episode on October 15, 2000. The show revisits many of the themes of Seinfeld, and is improvised from a story outline only several pages long that David writes (as of the 5th season, additional writers were hired).
The actors improvise their dialogue based on the story outline, direction, and their own creativity. David has said that his character in the show, a fictionalized version of himself, is what he would be like in real life if he lacked social awareness and sensitivity. The character's numerous and frequent social faux pas, misunderstandings, and ironic coincidences are the basis of much of the show's comedy and have led to the entry into the American pop culture lexicon of the expression "Larry David moment", meaning an inadvertently created socially awkward situation.
The basis of the show is the events in David's life following the fortune he earned from the Seinfeld series; David, semi-retired, strives to live a fulfilled life. Alongside David is his wife Cheryl (played by Cheryl Hines), his manager and best friend Jeff (played by Jeff Garlin), and Jeff's wife Susie (played by Susie Essman). Celebrities, including comedians Bob Einstein, Wanda Sykes, and Richard Lewis, appear on the show regularly. Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have had recurring roles as themselves.
The show is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for 30 Primetime Emmy Awards, with one win, as well as one Golden Globe win. In the first six seasons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander appeared in several episodes, and Jerry Seinfeld made a cameo. In season 7, the cast of Seinfeld, including Michael Richards, returned in a story arc involving David's attempt to organize a Seinfeld reunion special.
On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, the series premiered on the TV Guide Network, making its network television debut. TV Guide Network also produced a series of related discussions with high-profile guest stars, media pundits, and prominent social figures called "Curb: The Discussion" debating the moral implications depicted in each episode. David is quoted as saying "Finally, thanks to the TV Guide Network, I'll get a chance to watch actual, intelligent people discuss and debate the issues addressed on 'Curb'. Now if only someone could tell me where this alleged 'Network' is, I might even watch it."
David has also been involved in other films and television series. David wrote and directed the 1998 film Sour Grapes, about two cousins who feud over a casino jackpot. It was neither a commercial nor a critical success. He appeared in minor parts in two Woody Allen films – Radio Days and New York Stories – before taking the leading role in Allen's New York-based comedy film Whatever Works (2009). Because his daughters were Hannah Montana fans, David, along with his daughters, guest-starred, as themselves, in the episode "My Best Friend's Boyfriend," in which they were waiting for a table at a fancy restaurant. David had a cameo appearance on the HBO series Entourage as a client of Ari Gold, and also appeared as a panelist on the NBC series The Marriage Ref. During the 2008 U.S Presidential Election, David supported and actively campaigned for Barack Obama. In December 2010, David penned an op-ed piece for The New York Times, a sardonic critique of the extension of Bush-era tax cuts headlined "Thanks for the Tax Cut!" David played Sister Mary-Mengele in the 2012 reboot of The Three Stooges. David co-wrote and starred in the 2013 HBO television film Clear History.
David stars in the Broadway play Fish In The Dark, which he also wrote, alongside Rita Wilson, Jayne Houdyshell and Rosie Perez. The play centers on the death of a family patriarch and opened March 5, 2015. As of February 1, 2015, its advance sale of $13.5 million had broken records for a Broadway show.
In 2015 and 2016, David had multiple guest appearances portraying 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live; he also hosted the show on February 6, 2016, with musical guest The 1975 and a cameo from Sanders himself.
David married Laurie Lennard on March 31, 1993. They have two daughters, and lived in Pacific Palisades, California. David and his wife became contributing bloggers at The Huffington Post in May 2005. On June 5, 2007, the couple announced their intention to separate amicably. Laurie David filed for divorce on July 13, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody of the couple's two daughters. As of 2013, David's estimated net worth was $900 million. However, the estimate according to a former Reuters reporter does not take into account the divorce. David also disputes the figure, saying he has nowhere near that amount.
The results of a DNA test shown live on Lopez Tonight in 2009 revealed that 37% of David's ethnic lineage might be Native American, though some criticism was shared about the method of testing that the show used. Specifically: "The best known quirk of the test Lopez Tonight is using is its problem distinguishing between Iberian, Italian, and Ashkenazi heritage. Many people of Iberian, Italian and Ashkenazi heritage are assigned Native American ancestry - and Larry David is Ashkenazi."
Awards and nominations
- Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for various episodes of Seinfeld from 1991–1994.
- Won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the Seinfeld episode, The Contest, in 1993.
- Shared an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for Seinfeld with co-creator, Jerry Seinfeld.
- Nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his role in Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2002, 2004, & 2005.
- Voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders as number 23 of the greatest comedy stars ever in a poll to select The Comedian's Comedian.
- Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012.
- Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2010.
|1983||Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?||Mort's Friend|
|1983||Second Thoughts||Monroe Clark|
|1987||Radio Days||Communist Neighbor|
|1989||New York Stories||Theater Manager|
|1998||Sour Grapes||Studio Executive/ Annoying Doctor/ Singing Bum||Also writer and director|
|2009||Whatever Works||Boris Yelnikoff|
|2012||The Three Stooges||Sister Mary-Mengele|
|2013||Clear History||Nathan Flomm/Rolly DaVore|
|1984–1985||Saturday Night Live||Various||Also writer|
|1989–1998||Seinfeld||Various||Also co-creator, writer and producer|
|1993||Love & War||Himself||Episode: "Let's Not Call It Love"|
|2000–2011, 2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Larry David||Also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2004||Entourage||Himself||Episode: "New York"|
|2005||Earth to America||Himself||Television special|
|2007||Hannah Montana||Himself||Episode: "My Best Friend's Boyfriend"|
|2010||Totally Tracked Down||Himself||Episode: "Master of Her Domain"|
|2010||Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education||Himself||Television special|
|2011||The Paul Reiser Show||Himself||Episode: "The Father's Occupation"|
|2013||Clear History||Nathan Flomm||Television film; also writer and producer|
|2014||TripTank||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Roy & Ben's Day Off"|
|2015||The League||Future Ruxin||Episode: "The Great Night of Shiva"|
|2015–2016||Saturday Night Live||Bernie Sanders||5 episodes|
|2016||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Larry David/The 1975"|
|2015||Fish in the Dark||Norman Drexel||Also writer
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