Jason Alexander

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Alexander in 2009
Born
Jay Scott Greenspan

(1959-09-23) September 23, 1959 (age 59)
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian, singer, director
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)
Daena Title(m. 1982)
Children2

Jay Scott Greenspan [1] [2] [3] (born September 23, 1959), [2] known by his stage name Jason Alexander, is an American actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, and director. Alexander is best known for his role as George Costanza in the television series Seinfeld , for which he was nominated for six consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Other well-known roles include Phillip Stuckey in the film Pretty Woman (1990) and the title character in the animated series Duckman (1994–1997).

Stage name Pseudonym used by performing artist

A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers, such as actors, comedians, singers and musicians. Such titles are adopted for a wide variety of reasons and may be similar or nearly identical to an individual's birth name. In some situations, a performer will eventually adopt their title as a legal name, although this is often not the case. Nicknames are sometimes used as part of a person's professional name.

George Costanza main character on the TV show Seinfeld

George Louis Costanza is a character in the American television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Jason Alexander. He has variously been described as a "short, stocky, slow-witted, bald man", "weak, spineless, man of temptations", and "Lord of the Idiots". George and Jerry were junior high school friends and remained friends afterwards. He is friends with Jerry Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer, and Elaine Benes. George appears in every episode except "The Pen".

<i>Seinfeld</i> American sitcom

Seinfeld is an American live-action sitcom created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld for NBC. The show stars Seinfeld as a fictionalized version of himself, and mostly focuses on his personal life with a handful of friends and acquaintances, including best friend George Costanza, friend and former girlfriend Elaine Benes, and neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer. Seinfeld is set predominantly in an apartment building in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City. It is often described as being "a show about nothing", as many of its episodes are about the minutiae of daily life.

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Alexander has had an active career on stage, appearing in several Broadway musicals including Jerome Robbins' Broadway in 1989, for which he won the Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He appeared in the Los Angeles production of The Producers . He was the Artistic Director of "Reprise! Broadway's Best in Los Angeles", where he has directed several musicals.

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, also known simply as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

Musical theatre Stage work that combines songs, music, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals.

<i>Jerome Robbins Broadway</i> 1989 Broadway show

Jerome Robbins' Broadway is an anthology comprising musical numbers from shows that were either directed or choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The shows represented include, for example, The King and I, On the Town and West Side Story. Robbins won his fifth Tony Award for direction.

Early life

Alexander was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Jewish parents Ruth Minnie (née Simon), a nurse and health care administrator, and Alexander B. Greenspan, an accounting manager whose first name Jay later borrowed to create his stage name. [1] He has a half-sister, Karen Van Horne, and a half-brother, Michael Greenspan. [4] Alexander grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and is a 1977 graduate of Livingston High School. [5] He attended Boston University but left the summer before his senior year, after getting work in the city of New York. At Boston University, Alexander wanted to pursue classical acting, but a professor redirected him toward comedy after noticing his physique, remarking, "I know your heart and soul are Hamlet, but you will never play Hamlet." [6] He was awarded an honorary degree in 1995. He is a practicing magician, and switched to acting as a career only after deciding that he was unlikely to succeed professionally in a magic career. [7]

Newark, New Jersey City in Essex County, New Jersey, U.S.

Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. As one of the nation's major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 282,090 in 2018, making it the nation's 73rd-most populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000.

American Jews Ethnic group

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Health care Prevention of disease and promotion of wellbeing

Health care, health-care, or healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people. Health care is delivered by health professionals in allied health fields. Physicians and physician associates are a part of these health professionals. Dentistry, midwifery, nursing, medicine, optometry, audiology, pharmacy, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and other health professions are all part of health care. It includes work done in providing primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care, as well as in public health.

Acting career

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Alexander in 2006

Stage career

Alexander began his acting career on the New York stage and is an accomplished singer and dancer. On Broadway he appeared in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, Kander & Ebb's The Rink , Neil Simon's Broadway Bound , Accomplice, and Jerome Robbins' Broadway , for which he garnered the 1989 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Returning to the stage in 2003, Alexander was cast in a successful run, opposite Martin Short, in the Los Angeles production of Mel Brooks' The Producers . [8] Alexander also appeared with Kelsey Grammer in the 2004 musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol , playing Jacob Marley to Grammer's Ebenezer Scrooge. He continues to appear in live stage shows, including Barbra Streisand's memorable birthday party for Stephen Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl, in which he appeared with Angela Lansbury, performing selections from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street . Alexander was recently named the Artistic Director of Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he previously directed Sunday in the Park with George . He is scheduled to direct the upcoming revival of Damn Yankees at Reprise. In 2015, he replaced Larry David as the lead in David's Broadway play Fish in the Dark. Alexander co-starred opposite Sherie Rene Scott in the September 2017 world premiere of John Patrick Shanley's The Portuguese Kid at the Manhattan Theatre Club. [9]

Stephen Sondheim American composer and lyricist

Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for more than a half-century of contributions to musical theatre. Sondheim has received an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

<i>Merrily We Roll Along</i> (musical) 1981 musical

Merrily We Roll Along is a musical with a book by George Furth and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim. It is based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

John Kander American composer

John Harold Kander is the American composer of a number of musicals as part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. His best-known stage musicals as composer are Cabaret and Chicago, both of which were later adapted into films.

Television

Alexander is best known as one of the key cast members of the award-winning television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), in which he played the bumbling-but-lovable George Costanza (Seinfeld's character's best friend since childhood). Alexander was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards for his performance as Costanza, but did not win any, mainly due to his co-star Michael Richards being nominated and winning for his role as Cosmo Kramer. He did, however, win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his work.[ citation needed ]

Golden Globe Awards Award of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

Michael Richards American actor

Michael Anthony Richards is an American actor, writer, television producer and comedian, widely known for his portrayal of Cosmo Kramer on the television sitcom Seinfeld, for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series three times.

Cosmo Kramer main character on the TV show, Seinfeld

Cosmo Kramer, usually referred to as simply "Kramer", is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Michael Richards.

Before Seinfeld, he starred in a commercial for John Deere and in a short-lived CBS sitcom called Everything's Relative in 1987 that lasted ten episodes. Concurrently with his Seinfeld role, Alexander provided the voice of the lead character in the cult animated series Duckman (1994–1997). Alexander voiced Catbert, the evil director of human resources, in the short-lived Dilbert animated series based on the popular comic strip.[ citation needed ]

CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.

<i>Everythings Relative</i> (1987 TV series)

Everything's Relative is an American sitcom starring Jason Alexander, John Bolger, Gina Hecht, Tony Deacon Nittoli and Anne Jackson which aired on CBS from October 3 to November 7, 1987.

A cult following comprises a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a work of culture, often referred to as a cult classic. A film, book, musical artist, television series or video game, among other things, is said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fanbase. A common component of cult followings is the emotional attachment the fans have to the object of the cult following, often identifying themselves and other fans as members of a community. Cult followings are also commonly associated with niche markets. Cult media are often associated with underground culture, and are considered too eccentric or subversive to be appreciated by the general public or to be commercially successful.

Alexander made cameo appearances in the second season of Curb Your Enthusiasm , playing himself, and appeared in the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm along with the other three principal Seinfeld cast members. [10] He had a part in the ABC sitcom Dinosaurs , as Al "Sexual" Harris (who frequently engaged in sexual harassment) as well as other voices. Despite a successful career in film and stage, Alexander never managed to repeat his Seinfeld-level of success in television. 2001 marked his first post-Seinfeld return to prime-time television: the heavily promoted but short-lived ABC sitcom Bob Patterson (which was canceled after five episodes). Alexander partially blames the lack of success on the mood of the country after 9/11. [11]

His second chance as a TV series lead, the CBS sitcom Listen Up! (September 20, 2004 to April 25, 2005), also fell short of a second season. Alexander was the principal executive producer of the series, based very loosely on the life of the popular sports-media personality Tony Kornheiser. Alexander appeared on the Family Guy: Live in Vegas CD and sang a verse in a song. He was featured in the Friends episode "The One Where Rosita Dies" as a suicidal supply manager named Earl. Phoebe calls him trying to sell him toner and she learns about his problem and tries to persuade him not to commit suicide. This is referred to in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle where Alexander appears as a neurotic and critical loner called Leonard. He describes himself as free and mentions that he makes money with a job "selling toner over the phone". Later in the episode, he is repeatedly harassed by a man named George – his character's name on Seinfeld. Alexander appeared in the 1995 TV version of the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie , as Conrad Birdie's agent, Albert Peterson. He guest-starred in episode 8 of the 1996 variety show Muppets Tonight .[ citation needed ]

Alexander appeared on Star Trek: Voyager on the episode "Think Tank" playing a genius alien named Kurros who was trying to get Seven of Nine to serve on his ship. He appeared in "One Night at Mercy", the first episode of the short-lived 2002 revival of The Twilight Zone, playing Death. He featured in the 2005 Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective" as Monk's rival, Marty Eels. On the June 26, 2006 episode of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! talk show, Alexander demonstrated several self-defense techniques. He was the Host of the 230th July 4, 2006 of the PBS July 4 "A Capitol Fourth" Celebrations in Washington, D.C. in which he sang, danced, and played tuned drums. In 2006, Alexander signed on to feature as a regular cast member in the second season of Everybody Hates Chris . Alexander was the host of the Comedy Central Roast of actor William Shatner on August 13, 2006 (first airdate: August 20, 2006). In 2007, Alexander was a guest star in the third episode of the improv comedy series Thank God You're Here . He is a frequent guest and panelist on: Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect and Real Time shows; Hollywood Squares ; the Late Late Show , with both Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson; and the Late Show with David Letterman .[ citation needed ]

In 2008, Alexander guest-starred on the CBS show Criminal Minds in the season four episode "Masterpiece" as Prof. Rothschild, [12] [13] a well-educated serial killer obsessed with the Fibonacci sequence who sends the team into a race against time to save his last victims. He returned in the same season to direct the episode "Conflicted", featuring the actor Jackson Rathbone. In 2011, Alexander was the guest star in an episode of Harry's Law , playing a high school teacher bringing a wrongful dismissal suit. [14]

In 2018, Alexander played Olix the bartender in The Orville . [15]

Movies

In addition to his roles as an insensitive, money-hungry lawyer in Pretty Woman , co-starring with Richard Gere, and as inept womanizer Mauricio in Shallow Hal , with Jack Black, Alexander has appeared in Love! Valour! Compassion! , Dunston Checks In , Love and Action in Chicago , The Last Supper and the psychological horror film Jacob's Ladder . He voiced the gargoyle Hugo in Disney's 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II . His other Disney voice work includes House of Mouse and the video game Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance . [16] He has dabbled in directing, starting with 1996's For Better or Worse and 1999's Just Looking . He also played the toymaker A.C. Gilbert in the 2002 movie The Man Who Saved Christmas . In 2009, Alexander had a small role in the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale as a train station manager, alongside his Pretty Woman costar Richard Gere. Alexander starred in A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! as Cosmo.

Other work

Alexander is featured in country music star Brad Paisley's music videos "Celebrity" and "Online", the latter of which he directed and won the 2007 Country Music Association's Video of the Year Award for. In August 2012, he co-starred in the music video "Trying Not to Love You" by Nickelback with former Baywatch star Brooke Burns. In January 1995, Alexander did a commercial for Rold Gold pretzels to be broadcast during the Super Bowl. The commercial depicts him with Frasier dog "Eddie" jumping out of an airplane with a parachute over the stadium. After the commercial, the audience is brought back to a supposedly "live feed" of the playing field hearing startled sports commentators as Alexander and the dog land in the field to wild applause. In the summer of 2005, he appeared with Lee Iacocca in ads for DaimlerChrysler. Iacocca did the ads as part of a way to raise money for Dr. Denise Faustman's research to cure autoimmunity. [17] Both Lee Iacocca and Jason Alexander have had loved ones whose lives have been adversely affected by autoimmunity. One of Alexander's earliest television roles was in a McDonald's commercial advertising the McDLT, in which he sings. He has appeared in Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) commercials, including one with baseball superstar Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants and another one opposite Trista Rehn of The Bachelorette . It was rumored that he no longer appears in these commercials due to the alleged cruelty to animals by KFC suppliers and slaughterhouses, but he refuted that in the August 2, 2006 issue of Adweek . Alexander said, "That's PETA bullcrap. I loved working for KFC. I was targeted by PETA to broker something between them. I think KFC really stepped up to the plate; unfortunately PETA did not."

He performed a mentalism and magic act at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California from April 24 to 30, 2006, and was later named The Academy of Magical Arts Parlor Magician of the Year for this act. Alexander had previously been given the Academy's Junior Achievement Award in 1989. [18] Alexander was the national spokesman for the Scleroderma Foundation, a leading organization dedicated to raising awareness of the disease and assisting those who are afflicted. Alexander voiced the character Abis Mal in The Return of Jafar and the television series based on Disney's 1992 animated film, Aladdin . Jason Alexander guest starred in Malcolm in the Middle as an intelligent but unpleasant individual (Lenard) who Malcolm meets in the park. He makes money as a telephone salesman and spends his time playing chess in the park. Malcolm, afraid of ending up like Lenard, tries to get him to change his ways and get a full-time job. In 2007, Alexander appeared in a commercial for the ASPCA, which has aired on cable TV stations. [19] In 1987, Alexander appeared in a commercial for Miller Lite, with Yogi Berra as the celebrity, speaking about Miller Lite using his unique malapropism eloquence, sitting at a bar with many others including a young Jason Alexander standing behind Berra's left shoulder.

In 2009, Alexander lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, Alexander played the character of Joseph. The project featured a large ensemble of well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, Lou Gossett Jr., John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Christopher McDonald, Marisa Tomei and John Schneider. [20] [21]

Poker career

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Alexander with Alan F. Horn in May 2010

In later years, Alexander has also competed on televised poker shows and in various tournaments. He has appeared twice on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown , winning the final table of the 8th season. Alexander won the $500,000 prize for the charity of his choice, The United Way of America, to help benefit the New Orleans Area. Alexander played in the 2007 World Series of Poker main event, but he was eliminated on the second day. He returned to play in 2009. He made it to Day 3 of the event, finishing in the top 30% of the field. Alexander has appeared on NBC's Poker After Dark in the "Celebrities and Mentors" episode, finishing in 6th place after being eliminated by professional poker player Gavin Smith. Alexander signed with PokerStars where he plays under the screen name "J. Alexander".

Miscellaneous appearances

Alexander was host of the LOL Sudbury opening night gala in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada on May 29, 2008, which was simulcast throughout Canada at 60 Cineplex theaters, a first for any comedy festival. He has loaned his voice to several episodes of the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas .

In 2008 and again in 2009, Alexander fronted Jason Alexander's Comedy Spectacular, a routine exclusive to Australia. The show consists of stand-up and improvisation and incorporates Alexander's musical talent. He is backed up by a number of well-known Australian comedians. His first time performing a similar show of this nature was in 2006 for Jason Alexander's Comedy Christmas. In February/March 2010, Alexander starred in his own show, The Donny Clay Experience, at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Donny Clay character, which he has performed in a tour of the United States, is a self-help guru in a similar mold to his Bob Patterson character.

It was announced in July 2010 that Alexander would be joining the cast of the Nickelodeon films based on their series The Fairly OddParents , A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! and A Fairly Odd Christmas . He played Cosmo, one of Timmy Turner's fairies. [22]

On January 6, 2010, it was announced that Alexander would be the new face of the weight loss company Jenny Craig. [23]

Alexander stars in the music video for Nickelback's "Trying Not to Love You" as a coffee foam artist. [24]

On January 6, 2015, Alexander made an appearance in a YouTube video with one of his son's popular YouTuber friends, Videogamedunkey. [25]

In August 2018, Alexander became one of several celebrities to play Colonel Sanders in commercials for the famed chicken restaurant chain KFC, reprising his role from a 2002 ad campaign for the chain. [26]

Personal life

Alexander has been married to Daena E. Title, cousin of director Stacy Title, since May 31, 1982. [27] [28] [2] They have two sons, Gabriel [28] [29] and Noah. [28]

Alexander has been a prominent public supporter of the OneVoice initiative, which seeks out opinions from moderate Israelis and Palestinians who want to achieve a mutual peace agreement between their societies. He explained on Real Time with Bill Maher (July 17, 2009) that he has visited Israel many times. On his appearance, he spoke about progress toward peace that he had observed. In 2012, Alexander announced his support for the re-election of President Barack Obama. [30]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981 The Burning Dave
1986 The Mosquito Coast Clerk
1986 Brighton Beach Memoirs Pool Player
1990 Pretty Woman Philip Stuckey
1990 White Palace Neil
1990 Jacob's Ladder Mr. Geary, the lawyer
1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Bernie Fishbine
1993 Sexual Healing Frank
1993 Coneheads Neighbor Larry Farber
1993 For Goodness Sake VCR Customer Short film
1994 The Paper Marion Sandusky
1994 North North's Father
1994 The Return of Jafar Abis Mal (voice) Direct-to-video
1994 Blankman Mr. Stone
1995 For Better or Worse Michael MakeshiftAlso director
1995 The Last Supper The Anti-Environmentalist
1996 Dunston Checks In Robert Grant
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hugo (voice)
1997 Love! Valour! Compassion! Buzz Hauser
1998 Denial Art Witz
1999 Madeline: Lost in Paris Henri / Uncle Horst (voices)Direct-to-video
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Frank Bonner
1999 Just Looking Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)Director
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Boris Badenov Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2000Let's Rap Fire SafetySmoke Detector (voice)Short film
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Father (voice)
2001On EdgeZamboni Phil
2001 Shallow Hal Mauricio Wilson
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Hugo (voice)Direct-to-video
2003 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Lil' Lightning (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2006 Ira and Abby Dr. Morris Saperstein
2006 Hood of Horror British Record Mogul
2006How to Go Out on a Date in QueensJohnny
2006 Farce of the Penguins Penguin on Belly (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2007 The Grand Dr. Yakov Achmed
2009 Rock Slyde Mailman Stan
2009 Hachi: A Dog's Tale Carl
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Moronic (voice)
2011 The Voyages of Young Doctor Dolittle Eugene (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2012 Stars in Shorts Sid Rosenthal
2015 Wild Card Pinky
2015 Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Larry's Dad
2016 Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz Mr. Bibb / The Nome King (voice)Direct-to-DVD
TBA The Gettysburg Address Noah Brooks (voice)Documentary

Television

As actor

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981 Senior Trip Pete Television film
1984–1985 E/R Harold Stickley15 episodes
1986 Rockabye Lt. Ernest FoyTelevision film
1987 Everything's Relative Julian BeebyMain role
1988 Newhart RammingEpisode: "Courtin' Disaster"
1989–1998 Seinfeld George Costanza Main role
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1992–93)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995, 1997–98)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series (1996, 1999)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1993–95, 1998)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1992–98)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1989–98)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1993–95)
1992–1993 Dinosaurs Additional voicesRecurring role
1993 Dream On Randall TownsendEpisode: "Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1994–1997 Duckman Eric Duckman (voice)Main role
1994, 1998 The Larry Sanders Show Himself2 episodes
1994 Aladdin Abis Mal (voice)Recurring role
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Albert PetersonTelevision film
1996 Muppets Tonight HimselfEpisode: "Jason Alexander"
1996 The Nanny JackEpisode: "The Tart with Heart"
1997 Remember WENN Alan BallingerEpisode: "Nothing Up My Sleeve"
1997 Cinderella LionelTelevision film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1998 Hercules Poseidon (voice)4 episodes
1999Jingle BellsElf (voice)Television film
1999 Star Trek: Voyager KurrosEpisode: "Think Tank"
1999–2000 Dilbert Catbert (voice)Main role
2001, 2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself5 episodes
2001 Friends EarlEpisode: "The One Where Rosita Dies"
2001 Bob Patterson Bob PattersonMain role; also executive producer
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Zutho (voice)Episode: "Tarzan and the Face from the Past"
2002 Son of the Beach Tex FinklesteinEpisode: "Penetration Island"
2002 House of Mouse Hugo (voice)Episode: "Donald Wants to Fly"
2002 The Twilight Zone Death Episode: "One Night at Mercy"
2002 The Man Who Saved Christmas A.C. GilbertTelevision film
2003 Malcolm in the Middle LeonardEpisode: "Future Malcolm"
2004–2005 Listen Up! Tony KleinmanMain role; also producer
2004 A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley Television film
2005 Monk Marty Eels Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Other Detective"
2006 Odd Job Jack Don (voice)Episode: "Twenty-One You're Dead"
2006–2007 Everybody Hates Chris Principal Edwards2 episodes
2006 Campus Ladies ProfessorEpisode: "A Very Special Episode"
2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine Dr. PalmerEpisode: "One and a Half Men"
2008 Criminal Minds Prof. RothchildEpisode: "Masterpiece"
2009 Meteor Dr. Chetwyn2 episodes
2010–2013 Fish Hooks Mr. Nibbles (voice)3 episodes
2010 The Cleveland Show Saul Friedman (voice)3 episodes
2010 American Dad! Sal (voice)Episode: "White Rice"
2011 Glenn Martin DDS Brandon (voice)Episode: "GlenHog Day"
2011 Franklin & Bash Carter LangEpisode: "Big Fish"
2011 Harry's Law Richard CrossEpisode: "Bad to Worse"
2011 China, IL Harold (voice)2 episodes
2011 A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Human CosmoTelevision film
2011 Dora the Explorer Owl (voice)3 episodes
2012 Two and a Half Men Dr. GoodmanEpisode: "The Straw in My Donut Hole"
2012ClipaholicsNarrator (voice)8 episodes
2013 Community Mountain ManEpisode: "Intro to Felt Surrogacy"
2014 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee George CostanzaEpisode: "George Costanza: The Over-Cheer"
2014 Kirstie Stanford TempleEpisode: "Maddie's Agent"
2014 The Tom and Jerry Show Rick (voice)Main role (season 1)
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Inspector GantletEpisode: "Jenna Fischer Wears a Floral Blouse & Black Heels"
2014 How Murray Saved Christmas Doc Holiday (voice)Television film
2015 Big Time in Hollywood, FL HimselfEpisode: "The Hand That Feeds"
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Coach Wallace (voice)Episode: "Ultrahyperball"
2015 Drunk History William "Boss" Tweed Episode: "Journalism"
2015–2016 The Grinder Cliff Bemis4 episodes
2016 The Mark Lembeck Technique Mark LembeckPilot
2017 Animals. Algae (voice)Episode: "Rats"
2017 The Simpsons Bourbon Verlander (voice)Episode: "The Caper Chase"
2017 Hit the Road Ken SwallowMain role; also co-creator, writer and executive producer
2017–present Kody Kapow Goji (voice)
2017 Robot Chicken Krampus (voice)Episode: "Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition"
2018 Young Sheldon Gene Lundy2 episodes
2018–2019 The Orville Olix2 episodes
2019The Bug DiariesCicada (voice)Episode: "Worm's New Digs"
2019Richard LovelyMr. Mouse (voice)Pilot
2019 Pinky Malinky Mayor Hop
2019 Harley Quinn Syd Borgman (voice)

As director

YearTitleNotes
1992 Seinfeld Episode: "The Good Samaritan"
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series
2006 Campus Ladies Episode: "A Very Special Episode"
2007–2008 Everybody Hates Chris 2 episodes
2009 Criminal Minds Episode: "Conflicted"
2010 'Til Death Episode: "Snore Loser"
2012 Franklin & Bash Episode: "Last Dance"
2012 Mike & Molly Episode: "Vince Takes a Bath"

Video games

YearTitleVoice role
1996 Disney's Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hugo
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy Games Hugo
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Hugo

Stage

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981 Merrily We Roll Along Joe Neil Simon Theatre
1982 Forbidden Broadway Stage 72
1984 The Rink Lino/Lenny/Punk/Uncle Fausto Al Hirschfeld Theatre
1985–1986PersonalsMinetta Lane Theatre
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
1986–1988 Broadway Bound Stanley Broadhurst Theatre
1989–1990 Jerome Robbins' Broadway Narrator Imperial Theatre
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
1990AccomplicePerformer Richard Rodgers Theater
2003–2004 The Producers Max BialystockNational Tour
2013 Broadway Bound Director
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
2015 Fish in the Dark Norman Drexel Cort Theatre
2017The Portuguese KidBarry Dragonetti Manhattan Theatre Club
2019 The Last Five Years Director
Syracuse Stage [31]

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