Michael Richards

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Michael Richards
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Birth name Michael Anthony Richards
Born July 24, 1949 in Culver City, California, USA
Notable Roles Seinfeld: Cosmo Kramer
Notable Episodes
Awards 3 Primetime Emmy Awards
2 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Michael Richards is an American actor, problably best known for portraying Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld, a role which delivered him 3 Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Biography

Michael Richards was born Michael Anthony Richards on July 24, 1949, to William Richards and Phyllis Nardozzi. He was born in Culver City, California, United States where he was raised with no specific religious tradition. He developed an early interest in acting while in high school. After attending at the California Institute of Arts he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from The Evergreen State College in 1975. During the Vietnam war in 1973 Richards spent two years in the U.S. Army developing educational skits. After this Richards started a small improv company with Ed Begley, Jr. which unfortunately didn't last very long. He wasn't noticed for a while until comedian Billy Crystal gave him a part in one of his TV specials. In 1980 (at the age of 30) he became a regular cast member on ABC's Fridays (together with Larry David whom he would later work with for Seinfeld). Richards' most famous appearance on Fridays was the skit in which he was thrown water on by Andy Kaufman which now a days is referred to as the "Andy Kaufman Incident" because it wasn't very clear if this was a joke or an incident. In 1987 Richards auditioned for the role of Al Bundy on the popular FOX Sitcom Married... with Children but this part eventually went to Ed O'Neill. Richards made some guest appearances on various TV shows such as: Cheers, Miami Vice, Night Court, Hill Street Blues and It's a Living and had small recurring roles on St. Elsewhere and Marblehead Manor. His real television breakthrough came in 1989 when Richards was cast to portray the convulsive, frizzy-mopped neighbour Cosmo Kramer on the hit sitcom Seinfeld a role that earned him 3 Primetime Emmy Awards. After Seinfeld Richards was popular enough to pursue his big dream, which was portraying a private detective, which led to The Michael Richards Show in 2000. The only problem was that when the series ended in 1998 Richards was so strongly identified with the Kramer character that he wasn't known as Michael Richards but as Cosmo Kramer, which caused the series to be cancelled after only 9 episodes. Richards was considered to portray Adrian Monk on Monk but this part went to Tony Shalhoub. Richards has a small film career thanks to playing in films such as UHF, Trial and Error and Unstrung Heroes, in 2007 he voiced But Ditchwater in the animated film Bee Movie.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Fridays Cast Member 1980–1982 1 2 3
Seinfeld Cosmo Kramer 1989–1998 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The Michael Richards Show Vic Nardozza 2000 1
Kirstie Frank Baxter 2013–2014 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Faerie Tale Theatre King Geoffrey 1x01 - The Tale of the Frog Prince September 11, 1982
St. Elsewhere Bill Wolf 2x14 - Drama Center February 15, 1984
St. Elsewhere Bill Wolf 2x17 - Vanity March 7, 1984
Faerie Tale Theatre Vince 3x03 - Pinocchio May 14, 1984
St. Elsewhere Bill Wolf 3x07 - Fade to White November 7, 1984
Night Court Eugene Sleighbough 2x11 - Take My Wife, Please December 13, 1984
St. Elsewhere Bill Wolf 3x13 - Dr. Wyler, I Presume December 19, 1984
Tall Tales and Legends Sneaky Pete  ?x?? - My Darlin' Clementine 1985
St. Elsewhere Bill Wolf 3x17 - Give the Boy a Hand January 23, 1985
Cheers Eddie Gordon 3x18 - Bar Bet February 14, 1985
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Petronus 2x18 - Car Wars March 11, 1985
It's a Living (1985) Hager 1x04 - Desperate Hours October 19, 1985
Hill Street Blues Special Agent Dupre 6x07 - An Oy for an Oy November 14, 1985
Miami Vice Pagone 2x18 - The Fix March 7, 1986
Marblehead Manor Rick the Gardener 1x07 - Full Dress October 25, 1987
Marblehead Manor Rick the Gardener 1x15 - The Lady's Not for Spurning February 7, 1988
Marblehead Manor Rick the Gardener 1x18 - Chinny Chin Chum February 28, 1988
Dinosaurs Surly Photographer 2x24 - WESAYSO Knows Best May 8, 1992
The Larry Sanders Show Himself 1x16 - The Flirt Episode September 19, 1992
Mad About You Cosmo Kramer 1x08 - The Apartment November 11, 1992
No Opportunity Wasted Himself 1x04 - America's Heroes October 21, 2004

Specials

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Ratings Game Sal December 15, 1984
Slickers Mike Blade July 11, 1985
On the Ledge Various 1987
Camp MTV Stanley Spadowski August 6, 1989
Behind the Scenes: 'UHF' Himself 1989
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame Himself 1993 Comedian Hall of Fame
40 Years of Television Magic Himself December 10, 1994 The Wonderful World of Disney
A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman Himself March 29, 1995
London Suite Mark Ferris September 15, 1996
Trial & Error Himself 1997 Reel Comedy
Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show Himself December 21, 1999
David Copperfield (2000) Mr. Wilkins Micawber December 10, 2000
The Eleventh Annual British Comedy Awards Himself December 15, 2001 British Comedy Awards
The Seinfeld Story Himself November 25, 2004
50 Most Shocking Celebrity Scandals Himself May 21, 2007

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Rosie O'Donnell Show May 29, 1997
Late Show with David Letterman Show 809 June 3, 1997
The Rosie O'Donnell Show November 6, 2000
V Graham Norton November 8, 2002
V Graham Norton January 30, 2003
Rove Live October 12, 2004
Good Morning Australia October 14, 2004
The Oprah Winfrey Show November 29, 2004
Live with Regis and Kelly November 23, 2005
Late Show with David Letterman Show 2659 November 20, 2006

Notable Film Roles

Film Role Released
Trial and Error Richard 'Ricky' Rietti May 30, 1997
Bee Movie Bud Ditchwater December 12, 2007

Producer

Series Produced

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
The Michael Richards Show 2000 Executive Producer 1

Writer

Series Created

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
The Michael Richards Show October 24, 2000 Co-Creator

Episodes Written

Series Episode Airdate Credit
The Michael Richards Show 1x09 - Pilot UNAIRED (2000)

Awards and Accolades

American Comedy Awards

  • Nominated: Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (1996)
Unstrung Heroes
  • Nominated: Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1996)
Seinfeld
  • Nominated: Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1999)
Seinfeld

Primetime Emmy Awards

(3 Wins in 5 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1993)
Seinfeld
  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1994)
Seinfeld
  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1995)
Seinfeld
  • Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1996)
Seinfeld
  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1997)
Seinfeld

Satellite Awards

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (1997)
Seinfeld

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(3 Individual Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1996)
Seinfeld
  • Won: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1997)
Seinfeld
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1997)
Seinfeld
  • Won: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998)
Seinfeld
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1998)
Seinfeld

Trivia