Michael Richards

Actor, Comic
For some actors, creating a timeless character who ends up so universally beloved; so undeniably unique, that no one can imagine another actor in that part, would be a dream realized. For other actors, becoming too ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1949 in Culver City, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Kirstie 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Jock of the Bushveld 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diamonds 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Bud Ditchwater (Actor)

The Seinfeld Story 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

David Copperfield 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Michael Richards Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1990 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seinfeld: The Chronicle 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Trial and Error 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon's "London Suite" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

Richard Rietti (Actor)

Good Money 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Unstrung Heroes 1995 (Movie)

Danny Lidz (Actor)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

Doug Beech (Actor)

Aspen Comedy Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1994 MTV Movie Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Motel Clerk (Actor)

Montreal International Comedy Festival '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

So I Married An Axe Murderer 1993 (Movie)

Obituary Employee (Actor)

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Problem Child 1990 (Movie)

Martin Beck (Actor)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

Stanley Spadowski (Actor)

Marblehead Manor 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Whoops Apocalypse 1988 (Movie)

Lacrobat (Actor)

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Slickers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Transylvania 6-5000 1985 (Movie)

Fejos (Actor)

At Your Service 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Herndon and Me 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Fridays 1979 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

Malamud (Actor)

Darlin' Clementine (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

For some actors, creating a timeless character who ends up so universally beloved; so undeniably unique, that no one can imagine another actor in that part, would be a dream realized. For other actors, becoming too connected in the public conscience with said character and having that formidable shadow loom over every future project, could be a frustrating battle with the past and the fans who simply can not let it go. Few television actors - save Carroll O'Connor, Lucille Ball, Henry Winkler, et al - have experienced this type of blessing-turned-curse career arc more than comedian Michael Richards. As Cosmo Kramer, the gangly, perpetually amped, mooch of a neighbor to stand-up Jerry Seinfeld on the legendary sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1990-98), Richards so inhabited his loony alter-ego, that when the show famously wrapped, he - more than any of his co-stars - found it the most difficult to start anew. After adding fuel to the fire of a supposed "Seinfeld" curse, following the cancellation of his post-"Seinfeld" sitcom, "The Michael Richards Show" (NBC, 2000-01), a resigned Richards quietly left the scene to focus on his stand-up and other pursuits. Unfortunately, he was suddenly and shockingly thrust back into the spotlight after letting fly a stream of racial slurs during a 2006 comedy club appearance, resulting in charges of racism after the meltdown was leaked onto the internet.

Relationships

Cathleen Lyons

Wife
Married for 18 years from 1974-1992

William Richards

Father
Died when Richards was two years old

Phyllis Richards

Mother

Sophia Richards

Daughter
Born c. 1975 mother, Cathleen Richards

Beth Skipp Actor

Companion
Were engaged in 2007

Ann Talman

Companion
Appeared on "Seinfeld" (NBC) in 1992 no longer together

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1973

The Evergreen State College

Olympia , Washington 1975

Thousand Oaks High School

Thousand Oaks , California 1967

Milestones

2009

Re-teamed with "Seinfeld" co-creator, Larry David, and the other three principal "Seinfeld" cast members, to appear as himself on several episodes of David's HBO series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

2007

Voiced the character Bud Ditchwater in the animated film, "Bee Movie"; film was produced, written by and starred Jerry Seinfeld

2003

Played mobster Jonathan Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Strand Theatre in London

2000

Returned to series TV headlining the short-lived NBC sitcom, "The Michael Richards Show"; also penned episodes

1997

Starred as a bumbling lawyer in the comedy feature "Trial and Error"

1995

Offered a semi-dramatic turn as an eccentric in "Unstrung Heroes"

1993

Acted in the comedy feature "Coneheads"

1989

Played Cosmo Kramer on the hit NBC sitcom, "Seinfeld"; re-teamed with Larry David, who co-created the show with Jerry Seinfeld; earned Emmy (1995) and SAG (1996, 1997, 1998) nominations for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

1982

Made feature debut in Garry Marshall's "Young Doctors in Love"

1980

Was a regular on the late-night variety series "Fridays" (ABC); also starred Larry David

1979

Started performing as a stand-up comic

1979

Made TV debut in Billy Crystal's first cable TV special

Bonus Trivia

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On Nov. 17, 2006, Richards stunned a comedy club audience during a performance at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, a cell phone video captured Richards shouting "Shut up" to a heckler in the audience, followed by repeated shouts of "He's a nigger!" to the rest of the audience (using the word six times altogether), and also making a reference to lynching. Richards made a public apology for his remarks, during a satellite appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman," when Jerry Seinfeld was the guest.

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