Unlike in other sitcoms about singles in New York City, such as Friends or How I Met Your Mother, the protagonists of Seinfeld are of wildly varying ages.
When the first season of Seinfeld aired in 1989, Elaine was the youngest of the four main characters, at age 27; her Emmy-winning actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was one year older. George Costanza, the second youngest main character in Seinfeld, is estimated to be 31 years old at the start of the series.
Kramer is the oldest member of the gang, which is not unexpected given his good relationships with everyone’s parents.
As the performers’ real-life birth years vary by only a year or two, we may safely assume that Michael Richards, who played Kramer on the show, was 40 when the series began.
Seinfeld Never Reveals Jerry’s Real Age
The most natural age for Jerry’s Seinfeld character, a fictitious version of himself, to begin the program would be 35, as that was Jerry’s actual age when the show debuted. But, this does call into question the age that George has always been given.
If the show is serious about making it seem like George and Jerry went to high school together and then graduated at the same time, then they must be around 35 or 36 years old when the series begins.
They probably hadn’t decided how they intended to develop the characters’ backstories and relationships when George initially reveals that he’s 33 in season 2 of Seinfeld.
George’s actor Jason Alexander would have been roughly 32 years old when that season 2 episode appeared, so it appears the first few seasons of Seinfeld were mostly basing their ages on the genuine ages of the actors.
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What was Julia Louis-age Dreyfus’s When The First Season Of “Seinfeld” Aired?
Seinfeld premiered on July 5, 1989; Louis-Dreyfus was 28 years old. She was born Julia Elizabeth Scarlett Louis-Dreyfus in New York City on January 13, 1961.
Louis-Dreyfus made her film debut in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, which was released three years before the start of the sitcom. She made cameos in Day by Day and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in the same year that Seinfeld debuted.
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Can You Guess How Old Michael Richards Was When The First “Seinfeld” Episode Ran?
When Seinfeld first aired, Michael Richards, who was born on July 24, 1949, was 39 years old. He was Cosmo Kramer, Seinfeld’s eccentric next-door neighbor.
Richards had a steady career in both film and television before he became known for his performance as Kramer.
He made $1 million per episode by the final season of Seinfeld, Season 9, just like Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Once the show aired, he continued working but avoided the spotlight for a period due to the racial remarks he made onstage at The Laugh Factory in 2006.
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When The First Season Of “Seinfeld” Aired, How Old Was Jason Alexander?
The actor changed his name in high school from Jason Greenspan (born September 23, 1959 in Newark, New Jersey) to Jason Alexander.
He began appearing in shows like “E/R” and “Beautiful Woman” in 1981 and never stopped working since.
Alexander, who has a history in theater, performed on Broadway and co-starred with Brandy and Whitney Houston in Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein the year before Seinfeld ended its run in 1997.
Alexander has been outspoken about the pay disparity between his and Louis-Dreyfus’ and Richards’ salaries on the show and those of the cast of Seinfeld.