Seinfeld: Where are they now?

Last updated 05:00 08/07/2014
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YOU DON'T SAY: Jerry Seinfeld, with his fellow Seinfeld cast members Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards.

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It's been an astonishing 25 years since the show about nothing - Seinfeld - first hit screens and forever changed how we felt about soup kitchens, pretzels and white sneakers.

And believe it or not, 16 years have passed since Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer farewelled us with the perennial graduation song Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).

But what are they up to now? How have they fared over the years?

For a while, their inability to shed their TV alter-egos and find new work was called The Seinfeld Curse. But in recent years, they've gone onto varying degrees of success.

Well, except Michael Richards.

JERRY SEINFELD

After Seinfeld ended, the show's star and co-creator, now ridonkulously wealthy and probably with no need to work again, returned to the world of stand-up comedy and adding to his Porsche collection (he reportedly owns 47).

He's appeared in animated flick Bee Movie, Tina Fey's series 30 Rock and his Seinfeld co-creator Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, but remained relatively out of the spotlight until 2012, when he launched his now Emmy-nominated web series.

Called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he basically takes famous friends such as Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jay Leno and Chris out for coffee and has amusing conversations over a cup of joe - kind of like a low-key, relaxed talk-show. With no Letterman.

Oh no, wait, he's in an episode.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS

Perhaps the most successful at driving her career onward and upward post-Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus "broke" the Seinfeld curse with her Emmy win for sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, saying in her acceptance speech "I'm not somebody who really believes in curses, but curse this, baby!".

She has since gone on to win a further two Emmys for her starring role in political comedy Veep, stole the show at the Golden Globes via Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's jibes (one where she refused a selfie with Reese Witherspoon), and turned heads with her naked Rolling Stone cover in April.

"In my defense, I was in a drunken stupor ," she tweeted alongside the bare-all portrait.

MICHAEL RICHARDS

In 2000, the funnyman best known as Cosmo Kramer launched The Michael Richards Show, which was cancelled after just a few weeks, but really fell into hot water in 2006 when during a gig at The Laugh Factory spewed a tirade of racist comments, repeatedly telling some hecklers they were "n**gers" and referring to lynching.

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Richards made a cringey public apology on Late Show With David Letterman during an interview with Jerry Seinfeld.

Things got awkward when the audience started laughing, until Seinfeld told them "it's not funny" and let Richards' continue, who said he was "deeply, deeply sorry."

In 2007, he announced his retirement from stand-up comedy and has addressed the incident on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

He recently appeared in the first season of a new TV show - Kirstie, starring Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman.

JASON ALEXANDER

The guy who brought George Costanza to life was in the spotlight post-Seinfeld as one of the key players in The Seinfeld Curse, when his show Bob Patterson was cancelled after five episodes in 2001.

Aside from movies such as Shallow Hal and a variety of TV spots, Alexander has spent a lot of time getting back to his theatre roots - he actually won a Tony in 1989 for Jerome Robbins' Broadway before he moved to LA for Seinfeld.

In 2003, he appeared opposite Martin Short in a Los Angeles production of The Producers and served as the creative director for the Reprise Theatre Company until its demise last year.

In August, Alexander will direct Broadway Bound - a play in which he once starred during his pre-Seinfeld days.

Like his Seinfeld cast-mates, he's appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and he's also a frequent tournament poker player.

WAYNE KNIGHT

As much as Jerry would have hated it, we feel compelled to see what Newman is up to these days.

Aside from playing Jerry's on-screen nemesis, he's best known for roles in Jurassic Park, Space Jam, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Rat Race and the voice of the toy collector in Toy Story 2.

Knight has continued working steadily over the years, mainly in television, but in March this year - oh, the humanity! - he had to prove he was still alive when several websites falsely reported the 58-year-old was involved in a fatal car crash.

"Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but... I am alive and well!" he tweeted.

When his name started trending, he added, "Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody. I didn't know you cared. Glad to be breathing!"

- AAP

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