Jason Alexander

Performer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

02:26

Tab

About
About this interview

In his three-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Jason Alexander talks about his early interest in magic, which led to a love of performing and acting on the stage. He describes his early acting career and his appearances in the sitcoms Everything's Relative and E/R, and recalls his big break on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play "Jerome Robbin's Broadway." He recounts being cast in The Seinfeld Chronicles, which turned out to be the pilot for Seinfeld, and details the show's long road to becoming a hit. Alexander chronicles the development of his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza," and discusses his personal and working relationships with Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards. He outlines Seinfeld's effect on popular culture, talks of the show's legacy, and speaks about the series finale. He then describes his more recent work as a director on such shows as Everybody Loves Chris and Mike and Molly, and talks about his stint on the series Criminal Minds. Amy Harrington conducted the interview on May 10th, 2013 in North Hollywood, CA.

"It's the last live taping. It's the four of us and we're holding hands. Jerry says, 'I want to say something. For the rest of our lives, when anyone thinks of one of us, they will think of all four of us. And I can't think of three people I'd rather have that be true of.'"

Highlights
Jason Alexander on being cast in The Seinfeld Chronicles, the pilot to Seinfeld
04:56
Jason Alexander on the catchphrases of his Seinfeld  character, "George Costanza"
02:14
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza," being based on Larry David
09:14
Jason Alexander on the reaction to the finale of Seinfeld
01:10
Jason Alexander on performing in "Jerome Robbin's Broadway"
10:07
Jason Alexander on the "Seinfeld curse"
03:09
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his early interest in performing; on his first feature film, "The Burning"
14:59
On performing on Broadway; on starring in the short-lived sitcom Everything's Relative; on acting on E/R
15:33
On performing in "Jerome Robbins Broadway"
10:07
On being cast in the Seinfeld pilot; on playing "George Costanza" as Larry David; on Julia Louis-Dreyfus joining the cast of Seinfeld
17:37

Chapter 2

On his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"; on the audience for Seinfeld; on the catchphrases of "George Costanza"
14:08
On a typical Seinfeld production week; on Seinfeld and Standards & Practices
17:50
On working with Larry David; on working with Jerry Seinfeld; on working with Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
13:09
On working with Heidi Swedberg ("Susan Ross"); on doing publicity for Seinfeld; on being nominated for Emmy Awards
14:07

Chapter 3

On his favorite Seinfeld episodes; on the end of Seinfeld; on the show's iconic status
13:05
On the legacy of Seinfeld; on hosting Saturday Night Live; on appearing on Dream On and in Bye Bye Birdie
17:55
On voicing the series Duckman; on guest-starring on Star Trek: Voyager; on his series Bob Patterson
15:38
On guest-starring on Curb Your Enthusiasm; on performing on stage in "The Producers"
13:22

Chapter 4

On performing with Martin Short in "The Producers"; on guest-starring and directing Everybody Hates Chris; on The Reprise Theater Company
13:52
On appearing on the series Criminal Minds and directing Mike and Molly; on how he is different from Seinfeld's George Costanza"; on advice to aspiring actors
23:39
Shows

Bob Patterson

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on starring on the series Bob Patterson
09:24

Bye Bye Birdie

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on appearing in the television adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie
03:16

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on appearing on the series Criminal Minds
05:39

Curb Your Enthusiasm

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on guest-starring on Curb Your Enthusiasm
09:53

Dream On

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on guest-starring on the series Dream On
00:59

E/R

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on appearing on the series E/R and living in Los Angeles
05:22

Mike & Molly

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on directing Mike and Molly
08:08

Saturday Night Live

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on hosting Saturday Night Live
04:13

Seinfeld

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on being cast in The Seinfeld Chronicles, the pilot to Seinfeld
04:57
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza," being based on Larry David
09:14
Jason Alexander on the post-pilot Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus joining the cast
03:26
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
03:20
Jason Alexander on the evolution of his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
01:36
Jason Alexander on "George Costanza's" name and how he is similar to the character
04:01
Jason Alexander on the audience of Seinfeld
02:57
Jason Alexander on the catchphrases of his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
02:14
Jason Alexander on a typical Seinfeld production week
09:35
Jason Alexander on the studio audience of Seinfeld
02:36
Jason Alexander on Standards & Practices and Seinfeld, and confronting Larry David with a problem
05:39
Jason Alexander on his relationship with Seinfeld's Larry David
03:22
Jason Alexander on working with Jerry Seinfeld on Seinfeld
03:07
Jason Alexander on working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as "Elaine Benes" on Seinfeld
01:51
Jason Alexander on working with Michael Richards as "Kramer" on Seinfeld
04:48
Jason Alexander on real life Jerry Seinfeld vs. television "Jerry Seinfeld"
00:51
Jason Alexander on Estelle Harris and Jerry Stiller as his parents on Seinfeld
04:02
Jason Alexander on Heidi Swedberg as "Susan Ross" on Seinfeld
04:39
Jason Alexander on doing publicity for Seinfeld and being nominated for Emmy Awards
04:35
Jason Alexander on his favorite Seinfeld episode and lines
02:46
Jason Alexander on the end of Seinfeld
03:51
Jason Alexander on shooting the finale of Seinfeld
04:03
Jason Alexander on the reaction to the finale of Seinfeld
01:10
Jason Alexander on the iconic status of Seinfeld
01:13
Jason Alexander on the legacy of Seinfeld
05:36
Jason Alexander on the "Seinfeld curse"
03:09
Jason Alexander on how he is different from Seinfeld's"George Costanza"
05:18

Seinfeld: "The Contest"

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on his favorite Seinfeld episode and lines
02:46

Seinfeld: "The Finale"

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on the end of Seinfeld
03:51
Jason Alexander on shooting the finale of Seinfeld
04:04
Jason Alexander on the reaction to the finale of Seinfeld
01:10

Star Trek: Voyager

View Show Page
Jason Alexander on guest-starring on Star Trek: Voyager
01:34
Topics

Advice

View Topic
Jason Alexander on advice to aspiring actors
04:34

Characters & Catchphrases

View Topic
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza," being based on Larry David
09:14
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
03:20
Jason Alexander on "George Costanza's" name and how he is similar to the character
04:01
Jason Alexander on the catchphrases of his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
02:14

Classic TV series episodes

View Topic
Jason Alexander on his favorite Seinfeld episode and lines
02:46

Comedy

View Topic
Jason Alexander on his favorite Seinfeld episode and lines
02:46

Emmy Awards

View Topic
Jason Alexander on being nominated for Emmy Awards
03:34

First Big Break

View Topic
Jason Alexander on performing in "Jerome Robbins Broadway"
10:07
Jason Alexander on being cast in The Seinfeld Chronicles, the pilot to Seinfeld
04:56

Memorable Moments on Television

View Topic
Jason Alexander on shooting the finale of Seinfeld
04:14

Pivotal Career Moments

View Topic
Jason Alexander on performing in "Jerome Robbins Broadway"
10:07
Jason Alexander on being cast in The Seinfeld Chronicles, the pilot to Seinfeld
04:56

Pop Culture

View Topic
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza," being based on Larry David
09:14
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
03:20
Jason Alexander on "George Costanza's" name and how he is similar to the character
04:01
Jason Alexander on the catchphrases of his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza"
02:14
Jason Alexander on his favorite Seinfeld episode and lines
02:46

Television Industry

View Topic
Jason Alexander on advice to aspiring actors
04:34

We Laughed

View Topic
Jason Alexander on shooting the finale of Seinfeld
04:14
Professions

Actor

View Profession
Jason Alexander on advice to aspiring actors
04:34

Performers

View Profession
Jason Alexander on advice to aspiring actors
04:34
Genres

Comedy Series

View Genre
Jason Alexander on playing "George Costanza" on Seinfeld
17:37
Jason Alexander on playing "George Costanza" on Seinfeld
59:16
Jason Alexander on playing "George Costanza" on Seinfeld
19:23

Commercials

View Genre
Jason Alexander on commercials he did when he was starting out
02:35
People

Larry David

View Person Page
Jason Alexander on his Seinfeld character, "George Costanza," being based on Larry David
09:14
Jason Alexander on his relationship with Larry David
03:22

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

View Interview Page
Jason Alexander on the post-pilot Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus joining the cast
03:26
Jason Alexander on working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as "Elaine Benes" on Seinfeld
01:51

Michael Richards

View Person Page
Jason Alexander on working with Michael Richards as "Kramer" on Seinfeld
04:48

Jerry Seinfeld

View Person Page
Jason Alexander on working with Jerry Seinfeld on Seinfeld
03:07

Martin Short

View Person Page
Jason Alexander on performing with Martin Short in "The Producers"
05:19

Jerry Stiller

View Interview Page
Jason Alexander on Estelle Harris and Jerry Stiller as his parents on Seinfeld
04:02

All Interviews

Q
S