"The greatest part of the job was... that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work."Jay Scott Greenspan, otherwise known as Jason Alexander (born September 23, 1959) is an American actor known to the world as the one and only George Costanza from Seinfeld.In actuality, the man is an accomplished performer on the stage, having won a Tony Award for his singing contributions. However, it would be his role as George Costanza, Jerkass extraordinaire and best friend to main character Jerry Seinfeld that would make Alexander a true household name. Being named "the greatest sitcom character of all time" by none other than Ricky Gervais, Alexander's accolades for the role included Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, as well as a win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. One could say that, along with Michael Richards as Kramer, he became a Breakout Character on the show.His son Gabriel Greenspan is also an accomplished actor.He's also an expert poker player.
—Jason Alexander, summing up his time on Seinfeld
His Credits include:
- The Mosquito Coast (1986) as a Clerk
- Pretty Woman (1990) as Philip Stuckey
- Jacob's Ladder (1990) as Geary
- Coneheads (1993) as Larry Farber
- Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994) as the voice of Abis Mal
- North (1994) as North's father
- Dunston Checks In (1996) as the dad and hotel manager
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) as the voice of Hugo
- Shallow Hal (2001) as Mauricio Wilson
- Seinfeld (1990-1998) as George Costanza
- Aladdin: The Series (1994-1995) as the voice of Abis Mal
- Duckman (1994-1997) as the voice of Duckman
- Dilbert (1999-2000) as the voice of Catbert
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (2001, 2009) as himself
- Listen Up (2004-2005) as Tony Kleinman
- Everybody Hates Chris (2006-2007) as Principal Edwards
Tropes associated with Jason include:
- The Cast Showoff: Inverted. If you'd only watched Seinfeld, You'd never guess he was a trained singer from George's flat, monotone vocals. He would later play it straight when he guest-starred in the Musical Episode of Community.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Compared to George Costanza, the man is quite considerate. They really couldn't be more different except in similar appearance.
- Nice Guy: This story as told by Mark Evanier describes Jason visiting an amateur musical and going out of his way to personally compliment everyone in the cast — making sure to do it while their friends and family were around.
- Star-Making Role: Again, while he was more than a respectable actor beforehand, Seinfeld offered him his greatest exposure. He's grateful for it too, because he's remarked that, otherwise, "he'd be remembered as that guy who tried to rape Julia Roberts".
- Two First Names: His Stage Name, Jason Alexander.