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Michael Anthony Richards (born July 24, 1949 in Culver City, California) is an American actor, writer, television producer, and comedian best known for his role as Kramer in the sitcom Seinfeld, which offered a pretty good idea of the types of characters he plays.

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  • I Am Not Spock: He will forever be known as Cosmo Kramer.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Richards claims his racist rant at a heckler at one of his stand-up shows was an attempt to shock him into silence by being that over-the-top, but instead Richards crossed the line into Dude, Not Funny! territory instead.
  • Old Shame:
    • UHF is a touchy subject for him, though he was a good enough sport to do the commentary for (part of) the film.
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    • In a 2012 episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee", Richards said that the Laugh Factory incident was still haunting him. To this day he has never returned to performing stand-up.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: His infamous "Laugh Factory" racist rant more or less destroyed his career.
    • To elaborate: It was November 17, 2006. Richards was being repeatedly interrupted and teased by a small group of black people in his audience. After awhile, he had enough. He went on an utterly racist rant, complete with N-Word Privileges and various references to the Jim Crow Laws. When confronted by Kyle Doss, Richards snapped at him as well. Three days later, Richards publicly apologized, but many audience members laughed at him. Jerry Seinfeld defended Richards, saying that it's not funny at all. Furthermore, Kyle Doss also did not accept Richards' apology. Richards retired from stand-up comedy the following year.
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    • Fast-forward a few years, and Richards still feels awful about it.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Michael Richards's first post-Seinfeld role in The Michael Richards Show flopped so hard is established the "Seinfeld curse". Since then, he's only done voice-over work until 2006, when he launched into a racist rant at a heckler.

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