Jason Alexander is best known for portraying George Costanza on the superhit comedy series “Seinfeld”. This role earned Jason worldwide popularity and multiple awards and nominations. Other than Seinfeld, Jason has appeared in many other movies and TV shows, however, in very small roles. Jason Alexander is a man of multiple talents who has also worked as a director, television presenter, and podcast host. Jason Alexander’s net worth in 2023 stands close to approximately $50 million. For more interesting details about the actor, keep reading this article.
Jason Alexander Net Worth 2023
|Profession||Actor, comedian, director|
|Net worth (2023)||$50 million (est.)|
Jason Alexander’s Personal Biography
Jason Alexander was born on September 23, 1959, in Newark, New Jersey to Ruth Minnie and Alexander B. Greenspan. His father was an accounting manager while his mother was a nurse and health care administrator. Jason was interested in magic from an early age and wanted to become a magician. However, while attending a magic camp he was told that his hands were too small for card magic and therefore dropped the idea.
After his dream of becoming a magician faded, Jason later became interested in theater and decided to pursue a career there. He even studied theater at Boston University and wished to pursue classical acting. While in the university, a professor redirected him toward comedy after noticing his physique. Alexander left the university without a degree to take a full-time acting job in New York City. However, he was awarded an honorary degree by the university in 1995.
Since 1982, Alexander has been married to Daena E. Title. Daena is the cousin of Academy Award nominee director Stacy Title. The couple has two sons together.
|Full name||Jay Scott Greenspan|
|Profession||Actor, comedian, director, television presenter, podcast host|
|Years active||1981 – present|
|Age||Born on September 23, 1959|
|Place of birth||Newark, New Jersey, US|
|Education||Livingston High School|
|Spouse||Daena Title (1982 – present)|
|Parents||Ruth Minnie (mother) Alexander B. Greenspan (father)|
Jason Alexander’s Professional Career
Stage & Television
Alexander began his acting career as a stage artist and appeared in multiple plays on Broadway including “The Rink”, “Broadway Bound”, “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”, etc. For the play “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”, Jason earned the 1989 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He has continued his work on stage appearing in live shows such as “The Producers”, “A Christmas Carol”, and many others. Jason is also an accomplished singer and dancer.
Jason’s breakthrough role came with the popular sitcom “Seinfeld” where he played the role of George Costanza, the best friend of the series’ main lead Jerry Seinfeld. Alexander earned seven Primetime Emmy Awards nominations and four Golden Globe Awards nominations for his performance. He also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995. Jason also made a cameo as himself on the show “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, created by Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld. Other than this, Jason appeared in small roles in series like “Dinosaurs”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Monk”, “Criminal Minds”, “Young Sheldon”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, etc. As a lead, he was cast in a show called “Bob Patterson” which got canceled after five episodes, and in another show “Listen Up!” that also got canceled after the second season.
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Film Career & Direction
In movies, Jason landed his first role in the 1981 slasher film “The Burning” as Dave. In 1990, he appeared in a small role in the hit film “Pretty Woman” and in 1996, he became the voice of gargoyle Hugo in Disney’s animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame and its direct-to-video sequel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. Jason has worked in other popular Disney projects as a voice actor including the movies “House of Mouse” and “The Return of Jafar”, the series “Aladdin” and the video game “Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance”. His other notable works include the movies “The Man Who Saved Christmas”, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale” and “A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!”.
Jason has been the artistic director of “Reprise! Broadway’s Best in Los Angeles”, where he directed musicals. He would be making his Broadway directing debut with Sandy Rustin’s comedy “The Cottage” in July 2023. Other than this, Alexander has directed episodes of many popular series that he has worked in including Seinfeld, Criminal Minds, Young Sheldon, etc.
Stand-up Comedy & Commercials
Alexander was the host of the LOL Sudbury opening night gala in 2008, which was the first comedy festival to be broadcast throughout Canada. In 2008 and 2009, Jason was the host of a comedy routine “Jason Alexander’s Comedy Spectacular” which comprised stand-ups and improvisations. In 2020, he hosted the “Saturday Night Seder” featuring many celebrities that aimed at raising benefits for the CDC Foundation (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). From February 2023, Jason is co-presenting a weekly podcast ‘Really? No, Really?’, along with co-host Peter Tilden.
During the 1980s, Alexander starred in several commercials including those for Hershey’s Kiss, Sony Watchman TV, Delta Gold potato chips, Miller Lite beer, Levi’s 501 jeans, McDonald’s McDLT hamburger, etc. He also did a commercial for Rold Gold pretzels that was broadcast during the Super Bowl in 1995 and appeared in KFC commercials in 2002.
Charity Work & Philanthropy
Alexander was the national spokesman for the Scleroderma Foundation. It was a leading organization that raised awareness of the Scleroderma disease and helped those who were afflicted by it. He also helped raise money for Denise Faustman’s research on autoimmunity and on another occasion to help benefit the New Orleans area. In 2021, Jason participated in a virtual National Poker Tournament to raise money for Neurofibromatosis research.
Top Movies & TV Shows of Jason Alexander
Check out the list of some of the popular movies & television shows that Jason Alexander has appeared in.
- Seinfeld (1989)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
- Friends (1994)
- Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
- Pretty Woman (1990)
- Shallow Hal (2001)
- Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
- The Paper (1994)
- The Mosquito Coast (1986)
- The Burning (1981)
- Star Trek: Voyager (1999)
- Malcolm in the Middle (2003)
- American Dad! (2010)
- Hood of Horror (2006)
- Wild Card (2015)
Awards Won By Jason Alexander
Here is a complete list of awards won by Jason Alexander in his acting career.
- 1989 Best Actor in a Musical for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway
Daytime Emmy Awards
- 2020 Outstanding Original Song for Brainwashed By Toon
Screen Actors Guild Award
- 1995 Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Seinfeld
- 1995 Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Seinfeld
- 1997 Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Seinfeld
- 1998 Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Seinfeld
- Jason started losing his hair when he was only 16 years old.
- Always a fan of magic, Jason got the chance to perform a magic act at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California in 2006.
- In high school, he borrowed his father’s first name to create his stage name, Jason Alexander.
- To make his character look funnier and uncool, he used to be fitted with a small-sized suit on Seinfeld.
- For the role of George Costanza on Seinfeld, Alexander beat popular comedians such as Danny DeVito and Nathan Lane.
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Frequently Asked Questions
$50 million (approx.)
By the end of the show, every star on Seinfeld including Jason was getting paid $1 million per episode.
No. Despite being nominated 7 times consecutively fro Seinfeld, Jason didn’t win any Primetime Emmy Award.