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SEINFELD, JERRY (1954–   ), U.S. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Seinfeld grew up in the Long Island town of Massapequa. He graduated from Queens College, Flushing, New York, in 1976, with a double major in theater and communications, Seinfeld worked at a variety of odd jobs while trying to break into the field of stand-up comedy.

His big break as a came when he was talent-spotted for Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in 1981. His first appearance was a success and the prelude to dozens more on the same program. He also became a regular on David Letterman’s Late Night show after that program debuted in 1982. In 1987 he enjoyed his first solo television credit with Jerry Seinfeld: Stand-Up Confidential, while in 1988 he earned an American Comedy Award as funniest male stand-up comic.

In 1988 Seinfeld and his friend Larry David developed the idea for the Seinfeld show, based upon the daily life of a stand-up comedian and his group of friends. It premiered on NBC in July 1989 and maintained its status as one of the most popular and successful of American television sitcoms.

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