Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Jason Alexander stars in NBC's new miniseries "Meteor" as Dr. Chetwyn, a military scientist who discounts the warnings from fellow scientist Dr. Lehman (Emmy Award winner Christopher Lloyd, "Back to the Future") about the impending doom posed by the meteor Kassandra.
The character of George Costanza, created by versatile actor/writer/director Jason Alexander, has been dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "Best Television Sidekicks of All Time" (#3 actually, behind Robin and Tonto). The hapless, thoughtless, neurotic everyman that Alexander played for nine seasons on NBC's "Seinfeld" garnered him six Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations, an American Television Award and two American Comedy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series. The Screen Actors Guild went one step higher and knighted Alexander Best Actor in a Comedy Series, despite his role as a supporting actor, and a TV Guide Readers and Critics Poll named George one of the top 10 characters in TV history.
But there is more to this man than one iconic role.
Fifteen years before "Seinfeld," Alexander was building a career that included performing Tony Award-winning Broadway roles, as well as appearing in major film and television projects, producing, directing and writing, making him one of the most consistently coveted stars in the country. After studying at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, he moved to New York to pursue a theater career. Over a decade, he racked up hit after hit. After winning the Tony Award in 1989, Alexander was cast in two projects that would change the direction of his career and his life. The first was his role as Richard Gere's wily and misogynistic lawyer in "Pretty Woman." The role made him a nationally recognized face, albeit one that women wanted very much to slap. The second was winning the role of George in "Seinfeld," which made him recognizable throughout the world as a figure that some would slap, some would cuddle, but all would love.
Since moving to Los Angeles, film and television have been the focus of his work. His film credits include "The Burning" (notable as the first film by Harvey and Bob Weinstein), "Mosquito Coast," "White Palace," "Jacob's Ladder," "Coneheads," "The Paper," "North," "Blankman," "Dunston Checks In," "Love," "Valor," "Compassion," "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," "Shallow Hal" and "Ira and Abby." In 1996 Alexander formed his production company, AngelArk Entertainment, and has gone on to direct the features "For Better or Worse" with Lolita Davidovich and James Woods, as well as "Just Looking" with Gretchen Mol.
Alexander has been a television staple far beyond his years on "Seinfeld." He starred on the series "Everything's Relative," "ER," "Bob Patterson" and "Listen Up." He has guested on "Newhart," "Dream On," "The Nanny," "Remember WENN," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Friends," "The Twilight Zone," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Monk," and "Everybody Hates Chris."
When Alexander is not appearing as a character, he is often being asked to appear as some version of himself. He's been a frequent guest on every major daytime and late-night talk show. He has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and The 47th Annual Emmy Awards. He has played himself on "The Larry Sanders Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Muppet Show," "Sesame Street," "Comic Relief," "The Aristocrats," game shows, celebrity poker showdowns, celebrity roasts, improvisations and charity telethons. He is most proud and most often commended for his seven appearances with host Bill Maher on the HBO series "Real Time," in which he has been an outspoken, articulate, insightful and satirical advocate for progressive issues.
Unlike George Costanza, who could never seem to find true love, Alexander has been happily married for over 25 years to his wife, Daena Title. Daena is a painter whose work has appeared in galleries throughout Los Angeles and across the country and can be found at her website, daenatitle.com. Together they have two sons, Gabriel and Noah. The boys have inspired much in Alexander, not the least of which is his acclaimed children's book, "Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy?" published by Scholastic Books.