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JERRY SEINFELD (Barry B. Benson) was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Massapequa, Long Island. He graduated from Queens College in 1976. Seinfeld went straight from his college graduation to an amateur night try-out at New York's "Catch a Rising Star.” He continued to perform in local clubs until his career took off after his first successful spot on Johnny Carson's ”The Tonight Show” in 1981 at age 27.

Appearances on David Letterman's and Merv Griffin's shows followed, and he became a headline stand-up comedian.

In 1989, Seinfeld teamed up with fellow stand-up Larry David and created "The Seinfeld Chronicles” for Castle Rock Entertainment. The show became the hit NBC television series "Seinfeld.” In 1998, after nine extraordinarily successful years, the last episode aired to a national audience of 75 million people. In its 12th year in syndication, "Seinfeld” is still a frontrunner in the ratings. In the TV Guide listing of the Greatest Shows of All Time, "Seinfeld” was voted #1.

After retiring from his hit series, Seinfeld immediately returned to what he loved most, stand-up comedy. He performed in a sold-out, week-long engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. The last show was telecast live as an HBO special, "I'm Telling You for the Last Time” in August 1998.

In 2001, Seinfeld began creating a new stand-up act, which was chronicled in the documentary "Comedian,” a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy. After its run in theatres, the film developed a cult following and was highlighted and screened at The Comedy Festival presented by HBO and AEG Live in Las Vegas. Seinfeld was presented with the festival's first annual Comedian Award in recognition of his influential role in furthering the art of stand-up comedy.

In 2003, Seinfeld penned a best-selling children's book entitled Halloween, which has become a household perennial for both kids and adults alike. Since his departure from "Seinfeld,” Seinfeld has been performing stand-up across the country. He can be seen at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas on a regular basis.

He lives in his hometown of New York City with his wife, Jessica, and their three children.

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