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Michael Richards

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Immortalized as Cosmo Kramer on the classic American sitcom Seinfeld (1989), L.A. comedy star Michael Richards was born and raised in South Los Angeles, California, to Phyllis (Nardozza) Richards, a medical records librarian. He is of Italian descent. Michael displayed an early talent for performance as a top Forensic League competitor during grade school. He went on to star in multiple high school and college productions while working as an ambulance attendant and hospital orderly. Michael trained as a medic in the US Army during the Vietnam War, was appointed writer and director of plays on drug abuse and race relations for the Army's V-Corp Training Roadshow. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and was mentored by famed performance art guru Allan Kaprow. He graduated from Evergreen State College in Washington with his BFA in drama. After first performing with the San Diego Repertory Company, he subsequently returned to L.A. where he was discovered by Budd Friedman, founder of the Improv comedy club and talent manager Charles Joffe. Michael performed regularly in comedy clubs during the late 1970s and 1980s while driving a school bus by day. Inspired by the physical comedy of such legends as Charles Chaplin and Jacques Tati, he paid his dues on the comedy circuit until comedian Billy Crystal noticed him and gave him a break on one of his comedy specials. Michael earned a regular spot on the sketch comedy series Fridays (1980), where he created the character of Battle Boy who liked to blow up army soldiers. He also appeared in such minor slapstick films as Young Doctors in Love (1982) and Transylvania 6-5000 (1985). Everything finally came together for the elastic-faced comedian in 1989, after being cast as Cosmo Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld's convulsive, frizzy-mopped neighbor and pal on Seinfeld (1989). The frenzied character earned him three Emmy awards, SAG awards, and instant cult status. Also a trained theater actor under the tutelage of Stella Adler, Michael starred in regional productions, Off-Broadway, and in London's West End. In addition to his comedic roles, Michael worked regularly as a dramatic "heavy" in television throughout the 1980s in shows such as Miami Vice, St. Elsewhere, and Hill Street Blues. His film credits include Unstrung Heroes, Trial and Error, and the cult classic UHF among others. In 2013, Michael starred in TVLand's ensemble comedy series Kirstie with fellow TV comedy veterans Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Michael Richards to Jerry Seinfeld -- I Learned My Lesson After 'Laugh Factory' Meltdown

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I Learned My Lesson After N-Word Meltdown

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Michael Richards Pap Confrontation -- The Pics

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Harvey and Mike took your questions on everything today -- including Carrie Prejean's war against that wants to release her solo sex tape ... and Shauna Sand's XXX advice to the "biblically… READ MORE >

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Kramer Turns Racist Rant Into a Joke

Kramer Turns Racist Rant Into a Joke

Three years ago today, Michael Richards took the stage at the Laugh Factory and unleashed the racist tirade that would change his life forever -- but now he's turning the whole thing into a joke… READ MORE >

- 2950 days ago
Kramer's Coming Back Atcha -- You Ready?

Kramer's Coming Back Atcha -- You Ready?

It's been almost three years since his infamous n-bomb tirade at the Laugh Factory -- but it seems Michael Richards is finally gearing up for his big comeback ... that is, if you'll let him.Kramer… READ MORE >

- 3017 days ago
Michael Richards -- Forgive and Forget?

Michael Richards -- Forgive and Forget?

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- 3266 days ago
Kramer Resurfaces

Kramer Resurfaces

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