16 Secrets Seinfeld Producers Hid From Fans
If you enjoy watching reruns of Seinfeld, you are not alone. Even though the show ended nearly 20 years ago, it remains extremely popular among viewers. However, though they can reference Kramerica and the Soup Nazi all they want, many of these viewers don’t know all about some of the interesting things that went on while the show was being made. Here are 16 of them.
1. Frank Costanza was initially played by a different actor.
This character eventually became extremely popular on the show, due in part to the way that he was portrayed by Jerry Stiller. Frank was played by John Randolph for one episode, but producer Larry David requested that his original scenes be reshot with Jerry Stiller so that these could be shown when the show went into syndication.
2. Morty Seinfeld was originally played by someone else too.
The original actor who played Jerry’s father, Phil Bruns, was thought by the producers to be too laid-back for the part. As a result, they brought in Barney Martin, who played Morty Seinfeld in all but one episode of the series. They couldn’t reshoot the scenes played by Bruns for syndication because by the time they cast Barney Martin, all the other actors had noticeably aged.
3. Larry David was Newman at the beginning.
Larry David is known to have provided the voice for many characters on the show. However, many do not know that he was the original voice of Newman’s character in season two.
4. There was one episode that was too dark to be made.
There was actually an episode that Julia Louis-Dreyfus found so disturbing that she refused to participate in its making. It involved Elaine purchasing a handgun, and in one scene putting the gun to her head and asking Jerry where he wanted it.
5. The show was filmed entirely in California.
All of the main locations of the show, such as Jerry’s apartment and Monk’s Cafe, were actually in California. When New York landmarks were shown in scenes with the characters, extras were used to portray the actors.
6. Jason Alexander got his role thanks to Woody Allen.
On his audition tape, Jason Alexander gave an impression of Woody Allen that impressed Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David and eventually ended up getting in the part of George Costanza.
7. Elaine was not originally a character.
The early episodes are noticeably devoid of the Elaine character. Originally, there was no Elaine Benes; adding her was a decision that was made later.
8. Claire the Waitress was the original Elaine.
Instead of Elaine Benes, the female foil for Jerry, George, and Kramer was originally supposed to be Claire the waitress, played by Lee Garlington. However, her character never ended up being on the show.
9. The Soup Nazi was real.
Al Yeganeh, who owned the restaurant Soup Kitchen International, was not a Seinfeld fan. In fact, when Jerry Seinfeld himself and members of the production team went into the restaurant, the stuff exploded and blamed them for ruining his business and his reputation.
10. The Kramer is available for sale.
Fans can buy a replica of the painting that was done by Jerry’s girlfriend in The Letter, a season 3 episode.
11. The cat oven mitt on Jerry’s fridge is also available.
The oven mitt that was stuck to Jerry’s fridge in a lot of the later season episodes is also available for sale.
12. The show has generated over 3 billion dollars since it ended.
This show can be seen every day on a variety of channels, and syndication has made it even more money after it went off the air.
13. Jerry’s girlfriends often became famous after the show.
After short stints as Jerry’s girlfriend on the show, there were few actresses who cheap big success later on. Courteney Cox started as Monica on Friends the same year she posed as Jerry’s wife on the show. Lauren Graham, who also played Jerry’s girlfriend in an episode, ended up starring in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.
14. Some actors with small roles on this show stayed in obscurity for a while, though.
Anna Gunn, who played the girlfriend of Jerry that George thought was cheating on him with his cousin, only got her big break 15 years later as Skyler White on Breaking Bad. Peter Dinklage, who voiced the wake up call man who flirted with Elaine, was only really recognized for this role when he made it big on Game of Thrones.
15. Newman’s name was never given.
The viewers are given a reason to believe that Newman only has one name and no first name. No first name is ever given for him.
16. The OJ reference was a complete coincidence.
When Elaine was dating the man who unfortunately had the same name as a known serial killer, she suggested that he change his name to OJ. OJ Simpson was arrested for murder seven months later – the reference on the show came before any of that ever happened.