Estelle Harris

Actor
Film and television actress Estelle Harris made a career out of treating her onscreen family members with loving contempt. As Estelle Costanza on the now iconic sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Harris was the ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1932 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Movin' In 2014 (Movie)

Arlene Taylor (Actor)

Promoted 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

CBGB 2013 (Movie)

Bertha Kristal (Actor)

The Exes 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Are You There, Chelsea? 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Retired at 35 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

So Random! 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Mrs. Potato Head (Voice)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1994 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Fanboy and Chum Chum 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

The Grand 2008 (Movie)

Ruth Melvin (Actor)

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 2005 - 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

iCarly 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mind of Mencia 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Bridge 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Dave the Barbarian 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Advice 1992 - 1993, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance 1992 - 1993, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the House 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Phil of the Future 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Providence 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Queer Duck: The Movie 2005 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Star Trek: Voyager 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Test the Nation 1992 - 1993, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Mrs Boogin (Actor)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Audrey, the Chicken (Actor)

Tarzan 2 2004 (Movie)

Mama Gunda (Voice)

Brother Bear 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Old Lady Bear (Actor)

Half & Half 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Regular Joe 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Second Chance: America's Most Talented Senior 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Queer Duck 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Playing Mona Lisa 2000 (Movie)

Aunt Velva (Actor)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Aunt Bea Seelig (Actor)

Conrad Bloom 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost and Found 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Stubblefield (Actor)

TV Moms at Home 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parkers 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Mrs Potato Head (Actor)

Addams Family Reunion 1998 (Movie)

Grandma Addams (Actor)

Chairman of the Board 1998 (Movie)

Ms Krubavitch (Actor)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

Aunt Pearl (Actor)

Seinfeld 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Flirtin Woman (Actor)

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

Bridget (Actor)

Downhill Willie 1996 (Movie)

Mother Saxer (Actor)

Perfect Alibi 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

Aunt Harriet (Actor)

Stand and Deliver 1988 (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

Peggy's Mother (Actor)

Looking Up 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summerdog 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The West Side Waltz (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Film and television actress Estelle Harris made a career out of treating her onscreen family members with loving contempt. As Estelle Costanza on the now iconic sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Harris was the tart-tongued mother of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) who hurled shrieks and insults at her aimless New Yorker son who never seemed to do anything right. She had a very distinct high-pitched voice that lent itself perfectly to portraying shrill relatives in films like "Playing Mona Lisa" (2000) and "Out to Sea" (1997), as well as bringing to life animated characters like the sassy Mrs. Potato Head in "Toy Story 2" (1999) and "Toy Story 3" (2010). While Harris had a late start in her career and played mostly nagging motherly figures, she still possessed an uncanny ability to give her characters depth and charm, and successfully endeared herself to audiences of all ages.

Relationships

Anna Nussbaum

Mother

Sy Harris

Husband
married c. 1953

Taryn Harris

Daughter
born c. 1964 retired on disability

Eric Harris

Son
born c. 1957

Glen Harris

Son
born c. 1961

Isaac Nussbaum

Father

EDUCATION

Tarentum High School

Tarentum , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1993

Played Shelley Long's receptionist on series "Good Advice" (CBS)

1992

Had recurring role as Mrs. Costanza, George's mother, on the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld"

1986

Early TV appearance on episode of "Night Court"

1984

Had small role in "Once Upon a Time in America"

1977

Had early film role in "Looking Up"

Raised in Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, NY

Worked in dinner theatre and TV commercials while raising three children

Bonus Trivia

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"What's frightening about Estelle is that there are so many similarities between her and my mom. They're both little ladies, they're both redheads, and they both have this fervor for life." --Jason Alexander on his "Seinfeld" mother to PEOPLE, August 28, 1995

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In the PEOPLE profile, Alexander further went on that off-camera, Harris was "frisky, liberal and pretty hip. She's not maternal in any other sense than she's very loving."

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"I love to make people happy. They're not going to remember you if you make them miserable, right?" --Estelle Harris in PEOPLE, August 28, 1995

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