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.