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"The greatest part of the job was... that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work."
Jason Alexander, summing up his time on Seinfeld

Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), otherwise known as Jason Alexander, 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.





  • Merrily We Roll Along (1981) as Joe
  • Jerome Robbins' Broadway (1989) as the narrator - Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
  • The Producers (2003 Los Angeles production) as Max Bialystock

Tropes associated with Jason Alexander include:

  • The Cast Show Off: He's a former Tony-winning Broadway actor with a great singing voice and occasionally shows it off. Inverted in Seinfeld, where for George's answering machine message where he was told to sing offkey and had to do some retakes before properly singing the song crappily enough.
  • Two First Names: His Stage Name, Jason Alexander.


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George's answering machine

In "The Susie", George Costanza is avoiding his girlfriend Allison so she cannot break up with him before he can make a grand entrance at George Steinbrenner's ball. His methods of avoiding her include staying at home and not answering the phone when she calls. His answering machine message is a parody of "Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)" as performed by George Constanza himself.

"Believe it or not, George isn't at home
Please leave a message at the beep
I must be out or I'd pick up the phone
Where could I be?
Believe it or not, I'm not home"

Fun fact: George's performer, Jason Alexander, is actually a good singer; he was told after the first take to sing as poorly as he possibly could so the song could sound funnier.

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