Jason Alexander, whose real name is Jason Scott Greenspan, is an American actor, director and movie producer. He was born on Sept. 23, 1959, in Newark, N.J., to Ruth, a nurse and health care administrator and Alex Greenspan, an accounting manager.
The bar mitzvah was his alibi, the stage his true intention. Since then, Jason Alexander has been popular on stage, on the screen and on TV. But before he entered into the movie world he wanted to become a magician. When he realized that he wouldn’t be a successful magician he switched to acting.
He once made his parents believe that he needed voice lessons to prepare for his bar mitzvah. In truth, Jason Alexander pursued his stage career. Nowadays, he neither needs a pretext nor lessons any more; he is a well-known actor, director, film producer and screenwriter.
After having stood on the stage as an amateur, he appeared in front of the camera in “Mosquito Coast” (1986) next to the Hollywood stars Harrison Ford and River Phoenix. Roles in the movies “Pretty Woman” (1990), “Coneheads” (1993) and “North” (1994) strengthened Alexander’s standing in Hollywood.
But the actor also appeared on TV. In the sitcom “Seinfeld” he played Jerry Seinfeld’s best friend since childhood, George Constanza, a very neurotic, esteem-deprived and often cheap man, from 1989 to 1998. Although this role had many unappealing attributes, Jason Alexander didn’t only gain many fans but was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award and the Emmy. Many television viewers still see Alexander as George Constanza.
Apart from leading roles he also appeared in supporting roles and guest roles. In 1999 he played the antagonist Kurros in Star Trek: Voyager on the episode “Think Tank”. He had also a guest role in the Monk episode “Mr. Monk and the Other Detective” in 2005 as Monk’s rival Marty Eels.
Theater performances also belong to Alexander’s biography. Early, in his career, he appeared in numerous stage plays on the Broadway as a singer and dancer and worked occasionally in movies and television. In 1989 he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in the musical “Broadway”. In 2007 he played the leading role of Max Bialystock in Mel Brook’s musical “The Producers” in a theater in Los Angeles.
Besides acting he expanded his portfolio of works with direction, film production and screen writing. Thus, Alexander didn’t only play a leading role in the movie “For Better or Worse” (1995) but also directed the movie.
He also appeared in several commercials, including DaimlerChrysler and MCDonald’s, and played the voice of many animated characters like in Duckman (1994 -1997) and Dilbert (1999 – 2000)
In his personal life Alexander is an avid poker player, having appeared on many TV poker shows and tournaments. Furthermore, he has been supporting many charities like the OneVoice initiative which amplifies the opinions from mainstream Israelis and Palestinians who want to achieve a peace agreement on both sides.
He has been married to screenwriter Daena E. Title since 1981. They have two sons, Gabriel and Noah.