Lawrence Gene "Larry" David (born July 2, 1947) is an actor, writer, comedian and producer. He's most famous for being the co-creator and {{Showrunner}} of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', and the creator of ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where he stars AsHimself.

He began his career as a [[StandUpComedy stand-up comedian]], and was a writer for ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' between 1984-85, without much success. Most of the sketches he wrote were either aired after Weekend Update (which is where a lot of mildly funny and/or experimental sketches [i.e., the short films -- at least until Andy Samberg's Digital Shorts broke that rule] go), left to rot in the dress rehearsal tapings, or not even considered for broadcast. Prior to his unhappy stint on ''SNL'', Larry David was a cast member on the ABC knock-off of ''Saturday Night Live'', ''Fridays'' (which was where he first met Michael Richards -- the actor who would later be known as Cosmo Kramer), where Larry David was more involved in the sketches (he was one of the repertory players, along with Richards). His recurring characters on ''Fridays'' include Rabbi Feinberg of the Matzoi Rabbis (along with Bruce Mahler)[[note]]the Matzoi Rabbis were a pair of rabbis who taught people self-defense, often breaking stacks of matzo bread and were depicted as kung-fu masters and James Bond-style secret agents in two separate movie parodies[[/note]] and Sully Muller (a temp worker who covers jobs that don't normally call for a temp worker, like a speaker for The National Organization for Women, a lawyer during a high-profile murder trial, a member of Music/TheBeatles, and the U.S. Secretary of State). David also played Larry Fine on ''Fridays''' take on Film/TheThreeStooges (Moe was played by Bruce Mahler and John Roarke was Curly), which have the trio as bumbling burnouts trying to get high off everything from marijuana to cocaine.

In 1989, along with comedian Jerry Seinfeld, he created the revolutionary {{sitcom}} ''Seinfeld'', which went on to became one of the most popular shows of TheNineties. ''Seinfeld'' was so successful, that pretty much everything about it [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny was copied]]. David based the character George Costanza, probably the biggest jerk in [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist a show about jerks]], on himself. He [[DescendedCreator had many bit parts on the show]] (usually offscreen voices), the most memorable being the voice of [[TheFaceless George Steinbrenner]]. He left ''Seinfeld'' after the seventh season, but [[BackForTheFinale returned to write the finale]].

In 1998, he wrote and directed a movie called ''Sour Grapes'', which was a failure. In 1999, he made a one-hour long special for {{Creator/HBO}}, called ''Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm''. The special was a FauxDocumentary about him preparing for an HBO special, and eventually weaseling out of it. It was originally envisioned as a one-time project, but it was so successful, that in 2000, David created ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where he plays himself as a selfish, annoying, neurotic JerkAss. As of 2017, ''Curb'' had nine seasons, with [[BritishBrevity ten episodes each]], due to David writing all the episodes. In 2009, he played the main role, a misantrophic LemonyNarrator, in the Creator/WoodyAllen film ''Film/WhateverWorks''. In 2012, he appeared in the ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' movie, playing a nun. In 2013, he wrote and starred in the HBO film ''Film/ClearHistory''.

In 2015, he returned to SNL for guest appearances, playing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and hosted on February 6, 2016, becoming the first cast member from ''Fridays'' to host ''SNL''[[note]]originally, Michael Richards was supposed to host back in 1994, but was replaced with Nancy Kerrigan[[/note]] and the second ''SNL'' writer after Creator/ConanOBrien[[note]]who was only hired as a writer and, despite appearing as a background character in most sketches, was never hired as a cast member[[/note]] to come back and host.

!!Provides examples of:
* AdamWesting: David has made a second career out of lampooning himself as a neurotic and prickly jerk.
* AuthorAvatar: George Costanza on ''Seinfeld''. On ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', Larry tries to play George in the episode "Seinfeld", when he organizes a ''Seinfeld'' reunion show, but Creator/JasonAlexander (who played him) quits.
* BaldOfAwesome: David makes a lot of jokes about his bald head.
* ButtMonkey: Often portrays himself as one, both in George on ''Seinfeld'' and his own portrayal. Partly based on reality. He once described becoming extremely rich and becoming allergic to caviar as a perfect metaphor for his life.
* CringeComedy: See if you can get through even a single episode of ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' without cringing.
* KavorkaMan: His romantic interests are usually much younger and more attractive than him.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Jason Alexander once famously told him how ridiculous the situations were and how no-one would ever get in situations like that or act in that way. Larry answered that those things did happen to him and that was exactly how he reacted.
* SitComic
* SelfDeprecation: His AuthorAvatar is an annoying {{Jerkass}}, and he portrays himself as one on ''Curb''.
* SlidingScaleofIdealismvsCynicism: Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm are heavily cynical, sticking to the "No Hugging, No Learning" rule.