Lawrence Gene "Larry" David (born 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 TheBeatles, and the U.S. Secretary of State). David also played Larry Fine on ''Fridays''' take on 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 ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where he plays himself as a selfish, annoying, neurotic JerkAss. As of 2012, ''Curb'' had eight 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 ''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''.

!!Provides examples of:
* AdamWesting
* AuthorAvatar: George Costanza on ''Seinfeld''. On ''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
* 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 ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' without cringing.
* 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''.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: He guest-starred in an episode of ''Series/HannahMontana'' along with his daughters, because they're fans of the show.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: In ''Seinfeld'', apart from George, Kramer was based on David's neighbor Kenny Kramer, and Elaine is a CompositeCharacter, partially based on women who David and Jerry Seinfeld dated. Several ''Seinfeld'' plots were based on David's real-life experiences, such as George quitting his job and trying to return as if nothing had happened (David did that when he was a writer at SNL).
** Even worse was when Jason Alexander wanted to change an element of what George did, basically saying that ''no one'' could be that selfish. David replied out that he had done exactly what George was written as doing in real life.