List of Seinfeld minor characters

The television show Seinfeld was known for featuring many characters, each with their own special quirks.

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Secondary characters

Character frequency

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 at the cashier at Monk's in almost every episode that has Monk's cafe in it.
Newman 48 Wayne Knight Fellow tenant in Jerry and Kramer's apartment building. Overweight U.S. Postal Worker and Jerry's nemesis. Associate in many of Kramer's schemes. Likes Drake's Coffee Cake and Chunky Candy Bars. Jerry greets him with a disdainful "Hello, Newman" each time they meet. In The Raincoats, Helen Seinfeld speaks to Newman with the same tone. In "The Revenge", we hear only Newman's voice, 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").
Frank Costanza 29 Jerry Stiller (John Randolph) George's father. Eccentric and very quick to anger. Former cook in the Army and detests removing his shoes in other people's homes. Speaks Korean. Inventor of the holiday Festivus.
Estelle Costanza 29 Estelle Harris George's obnoxious and melodramatic mother. Constantly questions Frank and George's actions. Enjoys playing Mahjong. George claims that she has never laughed.
Susan Ross 29 Heidi Swedberg George's fiancee. Daughter of rich parents. 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 that George bought.
Morty Seinfeld 24 Barney Martin (Phil Bruns) Jerry's father. Has strong convictions. Fittingly, he spent some time as 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'. Hates velcro because of "that tearing sound".
Helen Seinfeld 24 Liz Sheridan Jerry's mother. Often needed to provide reason to Jerry's and Morty's eccentric lifestyle. The only Secondary Character to appear in all nine seasons.
Jacopo 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 due to a poppy seed muffin and again for her dislike for the film, The English Patient.
George Steinbrenner 16 Larry David (voice), 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.
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 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.
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.
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. He falls off a small dinghy whilst chasing a whaling ship. His crewmates (one of which played by Larry David) cannot find him in the dark waters, and he subsequently perishes at sea.
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".
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.
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. Wears a gold earring and is possibly gay (not that there's anything wrong with that).
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. Get's a 'sweetheart deal' from Jerry for Morty's Cadillac, then subsequently drives it into a marsh.

Other characters appearing in 5 or more episodes

  • Dr. Tim Whatley, played by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle): 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 her 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

  • Vanessa (played by Lynn Clark)[1]: An attractive woman that 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).
  • 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.
  • 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".

  • 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. Appears in "The Blood" and "The English Patient" (Season 9).
  • 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 a later episode, the Drake and Drakette (who have gotten back together) are seen watching Jerry's pilot program on a small, handheld black and white television.
  • 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 series finale as a testifying witness against Jerry and friends.
  • 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 a broad and obvious allusion to the O. J. Simpson trial. 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.
  • Joe Temple: A family man who George watches Breakfast at Tiffany's with in the episode "The Couch". Joe dislikes George after he spills grape juice on his couch. Joe also appears in "The Diplomat's Club", where George tries to watch another film with him.
  • 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 a later episode, 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."
  • Bob and Ray/Cedric (played by Yul Vazquez and John Paragon): Hostile effeminate Latino duo 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 that 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, directly 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 that 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 (played by Todd Bosley): 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.
  • 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 (Men In Black)): 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.
  • 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.
  • Rabbi Glickman: (played by Bruce Mahler): A rabbi who befriends Elaine (and actually makes a clumsy play for her at one point) and is a terrible secret keeper. He appears in "The Postponement", "The Serenity Now", and "The Finale".
  • 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. (Jiffy Dump Guy: "Where are the muffin tops?" Kramer: "This is a garbage dump. Just let me dump it." Jiffy Dump Guy: "Can't do it." Kramer: "Is this a joke?" Jiffy Dump Guy: "That's what I'd like to know about it.") In both episodes, he suggests that George and Kramer resolve their issues with "Consumer Affairs".

Unseen characters

  • 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 policewoman/horse episode on the season DVD.
  • 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 provided a bag of defective condoms to Kramer in "The Fix-Up", which George used with Elaine's friend, whom he briefly believed he had impregnated. 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.
  • 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's 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 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 neighbour'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 neighbour's circuit, Lomez caused the automatic cat feeder to stop functioning, resulting in incessant meowing from the neighbour'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").

Imaginary characters and aliases

  • Eduardo Corrochio, Elaine Benes's imaginary matador boyfriend in "The Good Samaritan". Not to be confused with the Spanish-born tap-dancing champion.
  • 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, 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 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 a name Jerry makes up for himself in "The Limo". George poses as Colin O'Brien in the same episode.
  • 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".
  • 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.

Notable one-time characters

Character Actor Character description Episode
Steve Pocitillo Michael Chiklis The annoying suburbanite who tells Jerry he will visit him when he's in the city. He gets drunk and calls a hooker to Jerry's apartment while Jerry is out and then leaves her with Jerry when his ride shows up, forcing Seinfeld to pay for her services. "The Stranded"
Sid Fields Bill Erwin The cantankerous old man Jerry is assigned to. Kramer and Newman take his old records, and Sid kicks Kramer in the butt when they are leaving. Bill Erwin was nominated for an Emmy for his guest appearance. "The Old Man" cameo appearance in "The Pilot"
Marlene Tracy Kolis The annoying cashier girlfriend of George whom she gets dumped by. she then asks out Jerry and begins to leave bizarre messages on his machine, she later dumps him after seeing his act. She also sometimes jumps in pools clothed. "The Ex-Girlfriend"
Alton Benes Lawrence Tierney Elaine's hard-nosed father and famous novelist. "The Jacket"
Artie Levine Ron Steelman Jerry's cousin who prefers his last name be pronounced Le-vine not Le-veen "The Stake Out"
Ben Cantwell Robert Donley The old man George is assigned to visit. "The Old Man"
Ron Tobin Bell A record store owner "The Old Man"
Betsy Megan Mullally One of George's dates. He attempts to advance their relationship by accompanying her to her aunt's funeral in Detroit. "The Implant"
Brody Neil Giuntoli Kramer's movie pirater friend, who packs a gun and eats too much candy. "The Little Kicks"
Meryl Courteney Cox Jerry's girlfriend who pretends to be his wife to take advantage of Jerry's discount at the dry cleaners. "The Wife"
Magnus aka Vegetable Lasagna Frank Van Keeken Norwegian guy who sits in the plane seat next to Elaine and Puddy and has to put up with incessant fighting. Named after his meal selection on the plane, even though he insists on being called by his real name. All three later end up (ironically) in the same taxicab due to a shortage. "The Butter Shave"
Miss Rhode Island (Karen Ann Hanson) Marguerite MacIntyre Jerry dates her and accidentally kills her doves, forcing her to sing for the talent contest under Kramer's tutelage, which she does horribly. "The Chaperone"
Hal Kitzmiller Vince Grant Elaine dates him and Kramer is obsessed with his last name. Hal doesn't sit on park benches because they're bad for your back. He buys his furniture at "The Lumbar Yard." He enjoys "the walking date," swimming in the East River, and estimates Elaine's height and weight at 5-8, 110 pounds. He accidentally offended Elaine by sending her a customized mattress, which she gave to Kramer, who proceeded to "funk it up" by swimming in the East River and then sleeping on it. "The Nap"
Henry Atkins, Postmaster General Wilford Brimley He makes it clear to Kramer that he cannot refuse postal mail. He sits on the desk and interrogates Kramer in a parody of his role as Assistant Attorney General Jim Wells in Absence of Malice, in which he did the same to Paul Newman. "The Junk Mail"
John Grossbard Allan Wasserman Kramer runs into this old debtor — a former roommate to whom he lent money — at an airport and tries to collect the money owed. When Kramer realizes that Jerry's flight has been redirected providing the opportunity to again confront his former roommate, he says, "listen to the bell Grossbard. It tolls for thee." "The Airport"
Joel Horneck Kevin Dunn Jerry's childhood friend, with whom he has nothing in common but keeps insisting on keeping in touch. Joel is self-centered and socially awkward, which also makes him impossible to avoid. At some point, Jerry tried to honestly "break up" with Joel, but made him weep and wallow in self-pity instead. "Male Unbonding"
Gladys Mayo Victoria Mahoney Owner of Putumayo and Cinco de Mayo, two retail shops selling southwestern clothing and shoes. Irked by Gladys' inattentiveness when trying to make a purchase at Putumayo, Elaine then marched over to Cinco de Mayo and spent hundreds of dollars on colorful garb, then paraded around in front of Putumayo to show Gladys how much business she had lost. When Elaine learned that Gladys owns both stores, it really stuck in her craw. "The Millennium"
John Germaine Jeff Yagher A jazz musician Elaine dates who eventually loses his saxophone playing prowess after having done "everything" with Elaine. "The Rye"
Milos Mark Harelik A tennis equipment store owner, who sells Jerry a $200 tennis racket but is later revealed as an utterly incompetent player. Afraid of having his reputation ruined, Milos offers his wife to Jerry, and later asks Jerry to take a dive in a tennis game. "The Comeback"
Donna Chang Angela Dohrmann White woman who people think is Chinese, originally named Changstein. "The Chinese Woman"
Jean-Paul Jean-Paul Jeremiah Birkett A New York City Marathon runner from Trinidad and Tobago whose life is made miserable by Jerry. "The Hot Tub"
Frank Costanza's lawyer Larry David He doesn't follow trends and wears a cape. He stops Noreen from committing suicide. Introduces himself as "Frank Costanza's lawyer". "The Chinese Woman"
Pam Kim Myers Jerry's girlfriend whom Kramer falls in love with. "The Soul Mate"
The Doorman Larry Miller An arrogant doorman at Mr. Pitt's apartment building tricks Jerry into watching the door for him. He berates Jerry for looking down at him because he was a doorman, even though Jerry wasn't. "The Doorman"
Stan, the Caddy Armin Shimerman Kramer's Senior Tour golf trainer who missed the cut in the trial of Sue Ellen Mischke. "The Caddy"
Fragile Frankie Merman Dana Gould Jerry's friend from summer camp, a.k.a. the "summer George". He is known for running into the woods whenever he's upset. "The Junk Mail"
Luis Miguel Perez Cuban Diplomat who trades several boxes of Cuban cigars for Kramer's "lucky" jacket. Later. Luis, Kramer and two other Cubans go golfing. "The Cheever Letters"
Lorraine Catalano Judy Kain Works in Jerry's uncle's office. Jerry bumps into her at the Chinese restaurant but cannot remember who she is, until Elaine tricks her into introducing herself. "The Chinese Restaurant"
Ned Isakoff Todd Kimsey Elaine's well-read communist boyfriend, whom she got blacklisted from the Chinese restaurant Hop Sing's by "naming names". He is also indirectly responsible for causing George to date a woman who posted an ad in the Daily Worker (a communist newspaper), and for nearly turning Kramer into a communist and encouraging him to quit his department store Santa job with Mickey Abbott. "The Race"
Sharon Paula Marshall The New York University reporter who writes a story about Jerry and George being gay. "The Outing"
Kevin, Gene, Feldman and Vargas Tim DeKay (Kevin, 2 episodes), Kyle T. Heffner (Gene), Pat Kilbane (Feldman), Mark S. Larson (Vargas) The Bizarro Jerry, George, Kramer and Newman[1] "The Bizarro Jerry"
Geoffrey Harhaarwood Eric Christmas The assistant wardrobe man on Spartacus. He assists in the revitalization of the Alex Theatre and has an unusual fascination with buttons. "The Gum"
Sheila Alexandra Wentworth Jerry's girlfriend who calls him "Shmoopie" as a term of endearment (as he does with her) and is overly affectionate in public. "The Soup Nazi"
The Pig Man Uncredited cameo While in the hospital, Kramer snoops around and comes across what he thinks is the result of a government experiment: a half pig, half man. In reality, just a "fat little mental patient". "The Bris"
Members of the Houston Astros front office Leon Russom ("Clayton"), Ernie Lively ("Zeke"), Charles Cyphers ("Gardner") George has a meeting with the Astros about the possibility of inter-league play. They always call everyone a "bastard" or "son of a bitch". George and Jean-Paul start using the terms and get in trouble. "The Hot Tub"
Members of the New York Mets front office Michael Laskin ("Minkler"), Bruce Jarchow ("Mooney") The Mets make an offer to George for a vacant front office position at Shea Stadium. But in order for the Mets to hire George, they allude to the catch: He has to get fired from the Yankees first. In the end, however, despite George's valiant attempts to make Steinbrenner fire him, Wilhelm walks in and takes the blame. Wilhelm is trying to get fired to get the Mets job as well, which he does. "The Millennium"
Dr Cooperman aka The Assman Lou Cutell A proctologist who has his 'Assman' vanity license plates issued to Kramer by mistake. It is discovered, when Jerry and Kramer visit the doctor's office, that the real Assman has a practice there. When asked by Kramer if the doctor is indeed the Assman, the doctor gives a 'knowing' wink. "The Fusilli Jerry"
Denim Vest Kevin McDonald A character named after his questionable taste in fashion. Elaine's network of fake phone numbers (one of them H&H Bagels) comes undone because of him. "The Strike"
Shaky the Mohel Charles Levin After circumcising Jerry's finger during a bris, he blames Jerry, claiming he flinched. Jerry later derisively refers to him as "Shakey the Mohel" and claims that the mohel got his license from a matchbook. "The Bris"
Manya Rozsika Halmos A relative of Jerry's who dies shortly after Jerry makes a disparaging comment about people who owned ponies as a child. She had stated that she owned a pony in Poland before immigrating to America. "The Pony Remark"
Uncle Mac Joe George Jerry's uncle who was writing an autobiography. "The Stake Out"
The Mechanic Uncredited George accuses a mechanic at David Puddy's Saab dealership of stealing his Twix. He says he probably has a short, mono-syllabic name like Kip or Ned. "The Dealership"
Tor Eckman Stephen Tobolowsky A holistic healer who turns George's complexion purple instead of healing his tonsillitis. "The Heart Attack"
Jimmy Anthony Starke Constantly refers to himself in the third person. Holds a grudge against Kramer for spilling water on the floor, causing him to slip and hurt himself. "Jimmy's down!" George starts to refer to himself in the third person due to Jimmy's speaking. "The Jimmy"
Jason "Stanky" Hanke James Spader A recovering substance abuser who refuses to apologize to George as part of his Alcoholics Anonymous ninth step. Hanke had refused to loan George a sweater because he said George would have stretched out the neckhole. "The Apology"
Melissa Kathleen McClellan Jerry's girlfriend who likes always to be naked while in his apartment, until he does the same and proposes to do some nude belt-sanding ("This isn't good naked"). "The Apology"
Joel Rifkin Anthony Cistaro Elaine's boyfriend who has the same name as infamous serial killer (in real life) Joel Rifkin. Elaine tries to get him to change his name. "The Masseuse"
Raymond Jeff Lester A male masseur who causes George to become extremely uncomfortable and to question his own sexuality. (George: "I think it moved.") "The Note"
Roy the Dentist Ralph Bruneau A friend of Jerry's who agrees to write notes stating that Jerry, George and Elaine need massages so they can be reimbursed for treatment. He is later charged with insurance fraud, but remains friendly to Jerry. "The Note"
The Maître d' James Hong In a Chinese restaurant, the maître d' keeps Jerry, Elaine and George waiting for a table for the whole episode. After the three finally leave in disgust, he looks up, grins, and cries out, "Seinfeld...four!" He also inadvertently complicates George's relationship with Tatiana after mistakenly asking for Cartwright when she phones. "The Chinese Restaurant"
Darryl Samuel Bliss Cooper Elaine's "interracial" boyfriend who ultimately turns out to be white; (Darryl to Elaine: "So, we're just a couple of white people?") "The Wizard"
Evie Bridget Sienna The cleaning lady that George has sex with in his office. "The Red Dot"
Sylvio Jon Polito The superintendent of Jerry, Kramer and Newman's building. He tries to evict Newman from the building for reversing his peephole, but Kramer persuades him not to. Later in that episode it is found out that Newman is having an affair with his wife. "The Reverse Peephole"
Marcelino Miguel Sandoval A bodega owner who posts a check Jerry bounced, offering to take it down if the rooster Little Jerry Seinfeld wins a cockfight. In "The Millennium," Kramer mentions that Marcelino is 1/64th Mayan. "The Little Jerry"
Phil Louis Mustillo Jerry and Kramer's neighbor who dislikes Jerry because Jerry wouldn't let him into the apartment building for fear of robberies. Phil blames Jerry for the death of his parrot. "The Strongbox"
Claire the Waitress Lee Garlington In the pilot episode, Claire was cast as the female regular character; however, she was replaced by Elaine in all subsequent episodes. "The Seinfeld Chronicles"
Carl Farbman Dave Pierce Furniture designer who Elaine wishes would design shoes. "The Checks"
Jack The Wiz Toby Huss The spokesman for Nobody Beats the Wiz who wears a crown and chants "Nobody beats me, because I'm the Wiz! I'm the Wiz!" "The Junk Mail"
Eddie Sherman Ned Bellamy A J. Peterman mail room employee whom Elaine promotes rather than fires because she is intimidated by his threatening manner. "The Fatigues"
Alex Melinda Clarke One of Jerry's girlfriends who loves hairless dogs "The Muffin Tops"
Victoria Dedee Pfeiffer The woman in Monk's who orders the same lunch as George, and introduces George to her Uncle so that he can get his job with The New York Yankees. "The Opposite"
Gavin Joseph Maher An apparently inebriated airplane seatmate of Jerry's who has a medical emergency and asks Jerry to watch his dog, Farfel, then doesn't show up to reclaim the maddening animal for days. "The Dog"
Mary Anne Rena Sofer Works for the New York Visitors Center. Engages George Costanza in discussion assuming he is a tourist. "The Muffin Tops"
Lola Donna Evans Woman in a wheelchair with whom Kramer falls in love after visiting her in the hospital. Lola later breaks up with him after he and George buy her a used wheelchair. She is later seen screaming and rolling down a hill in her wheelchair, which she cannot stop due to bad brakes. "The Handicap Spot"
Phil Titola Mark Tymchyshyn After being set up on a blind date with him, Elaine reported that during the date he "took IT out." "The Stand-In"
Lou Brent Hinkley The "sidler", works in Elaine's office and appears behind her, sharing credit for her efforts. "The Merv Griffin Show"
Todd Gack John D'Aquino Goes out with Elaine without actually asking her. He sells Jerry cigars which turn out to be Peruvian. Kramer attempts to pay him back in spare change. "The Calzone"

Notable multiple role-player

Actor Description
Norman Brenner Appeared in speaking roles in 5 episodes, including "Ian" in "The Wig Master" and "Man at Airport" in "The Limo". He appears in the background in more than 30 episodes, which can all be seen at wheresnorman.com.[2]

'"Kim'" Appeared as Frank Costanza's Korean mistress during the Korean War

Actual people played by others

Portrayal Actor Character description Episode
José Carreras John Lizzi Referred to as "the other guy" (a member of The Three Tenors, along with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti), as well as "Mr. Camaro" and "Mr. Casea" "The Doll"
Fidel Castro Michael Sorich Offers one of his players to the Yankees through George, who calls him "El Presidente" and "El Comandante" "The Race"
Saddam Hussein Amjad J. Qaisen,[3] voice by Larry David Suspected to be the Iraqi dictator by George and Kramer. Spoke with a British accent. "The Dinner Party"
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Voice only, by Larry David Elaine's would-be heartthrob who ends up having sex with the virgin. "The Contest, "The Finale"
Calvin Klein Nicholas Hormann Hires Kramer to be an underwear model. (Only referred to as "Calvin", never stating his last name or official company position) "The Pick", "The Pilot, Part 2"
Monica Seles Uncredited Run over by Kramer volunteering as a "ball man" "The Lip Reader"
George Steinbrenner Lee Bear, voice by Larry David Owner of the NY Yankees, and George's boss Many

Notable animals

Character Owner Description Episode
Barry The Zoo Barry, a chimpanzee, throws a banana peel at Kramer, but Kramer throws it back. As a result, Barry curtails his auto-erotic behavior, so Kramer is asked to apologize to the monkey. "The Face Painter"
Farfel Gavin, an airplane passenger (played by Joseph Maher) Jerry is stuck taking care of the incessantly barking dog (bark by Tom Williams) when Gavin has to be rushed to the hospital. "The Dog"
Little Jerry Seinfeld Kramer A rooster that Kramer enters into a cockfight at Marcelino's bodega. "The Little Jerry"
Pequita Antonio the Busboy A cat that escapes the busboy's apartment during a visit from George and Kramer. She later returns, and George is forced to feed her while Antonio recovers from injuries sustained during a brawl. "The Busboy"
Ralph[4] Kessler (Kramer) A dog owned by Kramer (who was called Kessler in the first episode), he was used to justify a stand-up routine about dogs that ultimately was cut. "The Seinfeld Chronicles"
Rusty Dennis, a hansom cab driver (played by Don Amendolia) Horse that Kramer feeds Beef-A-Reeno to shortly before taking Susan's parents for a ride. The horse's extreme flatulence causes the ride to be cut short. "The Rye"
Smuckers Man in the park (played by Brian Blondell) Kramer's distrust of doctors leads him to use this dog to get medication from a veterinarian for his own cough. "The Andrea Doria"
Fredo Phil After not letting Phil into his building due to a number of recent break-ins, Jerry learns that he lives on the same floor as the owner of Fredo, the bird. Later in the episode Kramer and Jerry must dig up the feathered animal to reclaim Kramer's spare key which Fredo has accidentally eaten. "The Strong Box"
Roxy Elaine's neighbor The incessantly barking dog who lives in a courtyard right outside Elaine's window, keeping her awake and consequently making her harm her vocal cords by yelling at him. Desperate, she hires a hitman to eliminate Rodsy; however, the hitman turns out to be Newman, whose visible disdain for dogs makes Elaine reconsider the deal. Finally, Elaine, along with Newman and Kramer, drives the dog upstate to drop it off next to a house. Surprisingly, Rodsy finds its way back, resulting in its owner pressing charges against the three. "The Engagement"

Guest appearances

Many actual people have made appearances on Seinfeld, often playing themselves.

In addition, Seinfeld makes allusions in dialogue to real people, most notably Mickey Mantle.

Celebrities who played themselves

Actor Description Episode
Jodi Baskerville A reporter on Hard Copy, waiting at the Paramount adjacent to Madison Square Garden reporting on the first public appearance of Donald O'Brien, the leader of the Aryan Union. "The Limo"
Candice Bergen Playing Murphy Brown meeting her new secretary, Steven Snell (played by Kramer). "The Keys"
Corbin Bernsen George made a trip with Jerry to appear on The Tonight Show and he ran into Bernsen there. George tells him his idea for the perfect L.A. Law episode, and Bernsen berates him on the air. "The Trip, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Pat Cooper The comedian and entertainer who sponsored Jerry's membership at the Friar's Club and who readily dismisses George as not "being in show business". "The Friars Club"
Jim Fowler The animal expert and frequent talk show guest brings a hawk to the Merv Griffin Show set in Kramer's apartment. Calls George an 'idiot' for bringing a squirrel on the set and riling up his hawk. "The Merv Griffin show"
Rudy Giuliani Campaigns for Mayor of New York City with a platform that includes cracking down on frozen yogurt shops that falsely claim their yogurt is nonfat. "The Non-Fat Yogurt"
Bryant Gumbel Jerry wears the puffy shirt onto the Today show, and host Gumbel says, "I'm sorry, it is just a very unusual shirt. It could be kind of a whole new look for you...you know, you could be kind of like the pirate comedian." "The Puffy Shirt"
Keith Hernandez Jerry and George met the New York Mets player in the locker room of their health club. He is a big fan of Jerry's comedy and he becomes awkwardly entangled with Elaine and Jerry. Kramer and Newman hate him, though, and they accuse him of spitting on them after a game (Newman recalls that it was June 14, 1987, Mets/Phillies, in which the Mets blew a ninth-inning lead and caused the Phillies to rally for the win). Jerry meticulously proves their theory is false, JFK style (with Wayne Knight (Newman) assuming the position occupied by Texas governor John Connally, the same position Knight occupied in the scene from the movie). They later find out that it was Hernandez' teammate, relief pitcher Roger McDowell, who had spit on them instead as revenge for Newman & Kramer pouring beer on his head throughout the game. Kramer and Newman apologize to Hernandez, and they help him with his moving. "The Boyfriend, Part 1" and "Part 2", "The Finale"
Russ Leatherman The Moviefone man. He shows up at Kramer's door and busts Kramer for stealing his business. "The Pool Guy"
Jay Leno Jerry appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "The Shower Head"
David Letterman Talking on the phone to Jerry, telling him he has been bumped from the show, due to Jerry's bad review of his performance at a junior high school assembly. "The Abstinence"
Roger McDowell Appeared alongside Keith Hernandez, and was revealed to be the "second spitter" that spat on Kramer and Newman. "The Boyfriend, Part 2"
Bette Midler While playing catcher for the softball team from her Broadway show, Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical, Midler is run down by George on a decisive play at the plate. While she recuperates, Kramer becomes her personal handler and gushes, "You are so freaking talented!" "The Understudy"
Keith Morrison From 1986 to 1992 Morrison was the anchor for KNBC-TV news. In 1992 he returned to Canada to host Canada AM on CTV. He appears as a TV news anchor who Jerry and George see on a television monitor backstage at The Tonight Show, but the on-screen caption says he is reporting for "Action News." "The Trip, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Paul O'Neill Kramer tells him he has promised a sick boy that O'Neill will hit two home runs in that day's game. O'Neill gets one home run and an "inside-the-park home run", which was ruled to actually be a triple with an error. Despite this, Kramer insists, "Come on, Bobby, that's just as good!" "The Wink"
Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford Kramer appears on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee to promote his coffee table book about coffee tables. The show was abruptly stopped due to Kramer spitting coffee on Kathie Lee's dress ("All over my Kathie Lee Casuals!"). "The Opposite"
Geraldo Rivera Hosts his own show which features the news story about the trial of the four (Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer) who were arrested for not assisting a man involved in a carjacking in Latham, Massachusetts. "The Finale"
Al Roker Swipes Jerry's gyro on the subway while Elaine is holding a TV Guide with his picture on the cover. "The Cigar Store Indian"
Fred Savage Kramer runs into the former The Wonder Years star at a cafe in Los Angeles, and tries to pitch his script. Savage pegs Kramer as a psycho and runs out of the cafe. "The Trip, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Buck Showalter and Danny Tartabull After giving Tartabull some tips on his swings, George convinces Yankees manager Showalter to switch from polyester to cotton uniforms ("The Chaperone"); George, on his way to a public television fund raiser with Danny Tartabull, delays Tartabull's promised appearance in order to take a detour to chase down a driver that he (wrongly) believes gave them the finger. "The Pledge Drive"
Marisa Tomei Had a major crush on George while he was engaged to Susan Ross, because she's attracted to "short, quirky and bald" men. "The Cadillac, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Mel Tormé The "Velvet Fog" himself sings at an AMCA charity fundraiser, when Kramer is mistaken for a mentally challenged person. "The Jimmy"
Alex Trebek (archive footage) George is watching an episode of Jeopardy! "The Abstinence"
Jon Voight Bit Kramer's arm; George thinks he bought a Chrysler LeBaron convertible formerly owned by the famous actor, but it was in fact previously owned by John Voight, a local dentist. "The Mom & Pop Store"
Raquel Welch Gets fired by Kramer from the Scarsdale Surprise play for not moving her arms when she tapdances ("She's like a gorilla up there"). Welch subsequently beats Kramer up and later cat-fights with Elaine. "The Summer of George"
Jane Wells The CNBC business reporter appears as a reporter on Geraldo Rivera's show. "The Finale"
George Wendt George also runs into him at The Tonight Show. He suggests they change the setting of Cheers because "it's enough with the bar already." Wendt and Corbin Bernsen make George the butt of their jokes on The Tonight Show, much to George's chagrin. "The Trip, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter During his tenure as assistant to the Yankees' traveling secretary, George is temporarily brilliant from lack of sex and teaches them how to hit. "The Abstinence"

Celebrities or significant TV actors not playing themselves

Actor Known from Character Episode
Drake Bell Drake and Josh;The Amanda Show Boy in the pizza shop "The Frogger"
Lloyd Bridges Sea Hunt, Airplane! Izzy Mandelbaum "The Blood", "The English Patient"
Michael Chiklis The Shield; The Commish; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Steve Pocatillo "The Stranded"
Melinda Clarke The O.C. Alex "The Muffin Tops"
Jennifer Coolidge American Pie primary series (Stifler's mom), Best in Show Jodi, Jerry's masseuse girlfriend who refused to give him a massage "The Masseuse"
Courteney Cox Friends, Cougar Town Meryl "The Wife"
Marcia Cross Desperate Housewives Dr. Sara Sitarides ("Pimple Popper M.D.") "The Slicer"
Suzanne Cryer Two Guys and a Girl Marcy, George's girlfriend who was big on the phrase "Yada Yada" "The Yada Yada"
Kristin Davis Sex and the City Jenna "The Pothole", "The Butter Shave"
Bruce Davison Longtime Companion, Apt Pupil, Six Degrees of Separation Wyck Thayer "The Foundation", "The Soul Mate", "The Van Buren Boys"
Brian Doyle-Murray Saturday Night Live, Yes, Dear, "Caddyshack" Mel Sanger, the Bubble Boy's father "The Bubble Boy"
Lisa Edelstein House M.D. Karen "The Mango" and "The Masseuse"
David James Elliott JAG Carl, a pro-life furniture mover who dates Elaine "The Couch"
Cary Elwes The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights David "The Wait Out"
Jon Favreau Swingers Eric the Clown "The Fire"
Neil Flynn Scrubs Cop #1 "The Summer of George"
Michelle Forbes Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica, True Blood Julie "The Big Salad"
Kyle Gass Tenacious D Smoker "The Abstinence"
Janeane Garofalo 24, comedienne, political activist Jeannie Steinman, the woman Jerry is briefly engaged to. "The Invitations", "The Foundation"
Brad Garrett Everybody Loves Raymond Tony Abato "The Bottle Deposit, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Brian George Employee of the Month, Big Bang Theory Babu Bhatt "The Cafe", "The Visa", "The Finale"
Jami Gertz Square Pegs, Twister, Still Standing Jane "The Stall"
Lauren Graham Gilmore Girls Valerie "The Millennium"
Teri Hatcher Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Desperate Housewives Sidra "The Implant", "The Pilot, Part 1" and "Part 2", "The Finale"
Mariska Hargitay Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Melissa Shannon "The Pilot, Part 1" and "The Pilot, Part 2"
Carol Kane Taxi, Hester Street Corinne (the woman hit on the head with Elaine's organizer) "The Marine Biologist"
Catherine Keener Capote, Being John Malkovich, The 40-Year-Old Virgin Nina "the Artist" "The Letter"
Daniel Dae Kim Lost Student #1 "The Burning"
Kathy Kinney The Drew Carey Show Angry Woman "The Handicap Spot"
Peter Krause Six Feet Under, Sports Night, Parenthood Tim "The Limo"
Lori Loughlin Full House Patty "The Serenity Now"
Jon Lovitz Saturday Night Live Gary Fogel "The Scofflaw"
Wendie Malick Just Shoot Me Wendy "The Kiss Hello"
Mike Malin Big Brother Ball boy (uncredited) "The Lip Reader"
Marlee Matlin Children of a Lesser God Laura "The Lip Reader"
Debra Messing Will & Grace Beth "The Wait Out", "The Yada Yada"
Christa Miller The Drew Carey Show, Scrubs Ellen, Paula "The Sniffing Accountant" (Ellen), "The Doodle" (Paula)
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Betsy "The Implant"
Bob Odenkirk Mr. Show, Breaking Bad Ben "The Abstinence"
Patton Oswalt The King of Queens Barry, a video store clerk "The Couch"
Chris Parnell Saturday Night Live Jay Crespi "The Butter Shave"
Scott Patterson Gilmore Girls, Saw IV, Saw V Billy "The Sponge"
Amanda Peet The Whole Nine Yards Linette "The Summer of George"
Jonathan Penner Survivor Zach "The Bookstore"
Jeremy Piven Entourage Michael Barth, playing George "The Pilot, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Brian Posehn Mr. Show, Just Shoot Me, The Sarah Silverman Program Artie, a medical student "The Burning"
Judge Reinhold Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Beverly Hills Cop Aaron, the close-talker "The Raincoats, Part 1" and "Part 2"
Denise Richards Wild Things Molly (Russell Dalrymple's daughter) "The Shoes"
Stephen Root Office Space, Newsradio a bank manager "The Invitations"
Debra Jo Rupp That '70s Show Katie, Jerry's agent "The Diplomat's Club" and "The Abstinence"
Rob Schneider Saturday Night Live, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Bob Grossberg from J. Peterman's business affairs department who has hearing problems "The Friars Club"
Molly Shannon Saturday Night Live Sam from J. Peterman's accounting department who doesn't swing her arms when she walks "The Summer of George"
Armin Shimerman Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kramer's caddy "The Caddy"
Sarah Silverman Mr. Show, The Sarah Silverman Program Kramer's girlfriend, Emily, who has the "jimmy legs" "The Money"
Helen Slater Supergirl Becky Gelke "The Good Samaritan"
James Spader Boston Legal , The Office Jason "Stanky" Hanky "The Apology"
Jill St. John Diamonds Are Forever Mickey's mother, Mrs. Abbott "The Yada Yada"
Ben Stein Win Ben Stein's Money lawyer Shellbach "The Comeback"
French Stewart 3rd Rock from the Sun Manager (at movie theater) "The Opposite"
Peter Stormare Prison Break, Fargo, Armageddon, Constantine Slippery Pete "The Frogger"
Christine Taylor Hey Dude, The Wedding Singer Ellen "The Van Buren Boys"
Robert Wagner Hart To Hart Mickey's father, Dr. Abbott "The Yada Yada"
Maggie Wheeler Friends, Ellen Cynthia "The Fix-Up"
Anna Gunn Breaking Bad Amy (Jerry's girlfriend, who George thinks he sees kissing Jerry's cousin Jeffrey) "The Glasses"
Thom Barry Cold Case Manager/Super "The Hot Tub" and "The Soup Nazi"
Mark Christopher Lawrence Chuck Skycap/Boss "The Airport and The Race"

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