About Jason Alexander
Though best known for his award-winning, nine-year stint as the now iconic George Costanza of television's Seinfeld, Jason Alexander has achieved international recognition for a career noted for its extraordinary diversity. Aside from his performances on stage, screen and television, he has worked extensively as a writer, composer, director, producer and teacher of acting. In between all that, he has also become an award-winning magician, a notorious poker player and a respected advocate on social and political issues.
For his depiction of "George" on Seinfeld, Jason garnered six Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, an American Television Award and two American Comedy Awards. He won two Screen Actor Guild Awards as the best actor in a television comedy despite playing a supporting role, and in 2012, he was honored to receive the "Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement" from the Actor's Fund.
Aside from Seinfeld, Jason has starred and guested in shows as The Grinder, Drunk History, Friends, Two and a Half Men, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Criminal Minds, Monk, Franklin and Bash, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bob Patterson, Listen Up, Hit the Road, Orville, Young Sheldon and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He also starred in the television films of Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, A Christmas Carol and The Man Who Saved Xmas. Additionally, his voice has been heard most notably in Duckman, The Cleveland Show, American Dad, Tom and Jerry and Kody Kapow. He can also be heard in the upcoming animated series Harley Quinn.
His many films include: Pretty Woman, Jacob's Ladder, Love Valor Compassion, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dunston Checks In, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Shallow Hal. In addition, he directed the feature films For Better or Worse and Just Looking. He is also a distinguished television director, overseeing episodes of Seinfeld, Til Death, Everybody Hates Chris, Mike and Molly, Criminal Minds and Franklin and Bash. He won the American Country Music Award for his direction of Brad Paisley's video "Cooler Online."
While still in college, his desire to work as a stage actor in New York came to be with his debut in the original Broadway cast of the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along. He continued starring on Broadway in the original casts of Kander and Ebb's The Rink, Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, Rupert Holmes' Accomplice and his Tony Award winning performance in Jerome Robbin's Broadway. Jason also authored the libretto for that show which went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. After moving to LA, Jason continued working in the theater, notably serving as the artistic director for the Reprise Theatre Company and for the hit West Coast production of Mel Brook's The Producers in which he starred along with Martin Short. Jason returned to Broadway to star in the Larry David comedy Fish in the Dark at the Cort Theater and in John Patrick Shanley's The Portuguese Kid at Manhattan Theatre Club.
He has also helmed a number of stage productions including: The God of Hellat the Geffen Playhouse; Broadway Bound at the Odyssey; an updated revival of Damn Yankees and The Fantasticks, as well as Sunday in the Park with George for Reprise, the world premiere of Windfall by Scooter Pietsch for the Arkansas Repertory Theater, Native Gardens at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Joy Wheel at The Ruskin Group Theatre and directed the musical The Last Five Years at Syracuse Stage.
Jason has long been an advocate and activist for various causes and organizations. He has headlined fundraisers for both Sheba Medical Center and Friends of the IDF. He served for several years as the celebrity spokesman for One Voice, a joint Israeli-Palestinian Peace Initiative. Jason served as a celebrity surrogate for President Barack Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, campaigning all over America. He continues to be a vital participant in Democratic politics, serving as host and fundraiser for the entire California team of Democratic Representatives to the House. He is currently hosting and emcee-ing campaign events for several leading Senate candidates including Amy McGrath and Mark Kelly. He has publically participated in events on behalf of NARAL, the CDC Foundation, GLAAD and is a frequent centerpiece in fundraising events for JCC's across America, as well as the JEA.
He has taught free master classes in theater arts at universities across America. He and his wife, Daena are avid supporters of leading environmental organizations including Greenpeace, World Wildlife Foundation, Nature Conservancy and Tree People. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jason competed in a charity poker tournament and won $250K for the United Way of New Orleans. He hosts a yearly poker tournament in his own name for WeSpark, a cancer support organization based in Los Angeles. And he served for 7 years as the national spokesperson for the Scleroderma Foundation, advocating for research and patient care as well as awareness for this little known and devastating disease that affects nearly half a million people in the US, alone.
Mr. Alexander tours the country and the world performing his one-man show, "As Long As You're Asking, a Conversation with Jason Alexander," which contains music, comedy and conversation. He can also be seen in his whimsical salute to Broadway musicals with some of the finest symphony orchestras throughout the United States. You can stay in touch with Jason via Twitter (@IJasonAlexander).