Todd Kimsey

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Todd Kimsey
Todd Grant Kimsey

(1962-06-06)June 6, 1962
DiedSeptember 16, 2016(2016-09-16) (aged 54)
Alma materFlorida State University
Spouse(s)Lisa (née Ardizzoni) Kimsey

Todd Grant Kimsey (June 6, 1962 – September 16, 2016) was an American film, stage and television actor. He appeared in more than forty television roles throughout his career, as well as film roles including The Perfect Storm in 2000, Planet of the Apes in 2001, and Hidalgo in 2004. However, Kimsey may be best known for guest-starring as Ned Isakoff, Elaine Benes's communist boyfriend, in The Race, a 1994 episode of Seinfeld.[1] Kimsey's character was later included in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Best Seinfeld Characters" in 2014.[2]


Kimsey, one of four siblings, was born to Dr. William and Linda (Grant) Kimsey on June 6, 1962, in Athens, Georgia.[1] He graduated from Clarke Central High School in Athens in the 1980s.[1] Kimsey initially enrolled in Davidson College for two years, before transferring to Florida State University (FSU), where he earned a bachelor's degree in theater.[1] He then interned at Burt Reynolds Celebrity Dinner Theater, which was owned by Burt Reynolds, in Jupiter, Florida, following his graduation from FSU.[1] Kimsey moved to New York, where he acted off-Broadway and television commercials, followed by a year with the touring production of Biloxi Blues.[1]

Kimsey relocated to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. He appeared in more than forty television roles, including Doogie Howser, M.D. and Growing Pains.[1]

Kimsey was perhaps best known for his guest starring role in the December 1994 episode of Seinfeld, The Race, during the sixth season.[2] He plays Ned Isakoff, Elaine Benes' (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) new boyfriend, whom she discovers is a communist.[2] In the episode, Ned, who wears olive-color clothes and reads the Daily Worker, influences Kramer (Michael Richards) with his communist ideology, leading Kramer to be fired from his job as a department store Santa Claus.[2] Rolling Stone magazine named Kimsey's Ned to its "100 Best Seinfeld Characters" in 2014.[2]

Todd Kimsey died on September 16, 2016, in Westwood, California at the age of 54 following a three-and-a-half-year battle with lymphoma. [1] He was survived by his wife, Lisa (Ardizzoni); three sons, Jackson, Judah and Kellen; his parents; and siblings, Terri Langford, Tracey Evans and Troy Kimsey.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Galactic Gigolo Big Peter Dick
1997 Macon County Jail Hobie
1997 Dead Inn Johnny Burns
2000 Rules of Engagement Officer #1
2000 The Perfect Storm Lt. Rob Pettit
2001 Planet of the Apes Friend At Leo's Party #7
2002 Defining Maggie Tom
2004 Hidalgo Corporal at Wounded Knee
2013 Attila


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Todd Grant Kimsey obituary". Athens Banner-Herald. 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e "From Soup Nazis to Nuts: 100 Best 'Seinfeld' Characters: Ned Isakoff". Rolling Stone. 2016-09-23. Retrieved 2016-10-08.

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