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Michael Richards

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Immortalized as Cosmo Kramer on the classic American sitcom Seinfeld, 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, 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 and Transylvania 6-5000.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. 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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"Kramer's" Racist Tirade -- Has It Been a Year Already?

"Kramer's" Racist Tirade -- Has It Been a Year Already?

Where has the time gone?It's been 365 days since Michael Richards, previously best known playing Cosmo Kramer on the hit TV show "Seinfeld," unleashed a verbal assault on a heckler at the Laugh… READ MORE >

Kramer Won't Touch Anna Nicole

Kramer Won't Touch Anna Nicole

Move over crazy astronaut lady, there's another person who must be secretly celebrating the untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith -- Michael Richards!During a very rare public outing, the disgraced… READ MORE >

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"The Geek" Joins the N-Bomb Club

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- 3615 days ago
Laugh Factory "Ban" a Joke, Wayans to Perform

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- 3622 days ago
Celebrity Wish List: Michael Richards

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- 3636 days ago
Comedy Honcho Hates the Haters

Comedy Honcho Hates the Haters

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- 3643 days ago
Racism Alive and Well In L.A.

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The N-Word Is Always Welcome Here

The N-Word Is Always Welcome Here

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- 3648 days ago
Are All Racial Slurs Created Equal?

Are All Racial Slurs Created Equal?

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- 3650 days ago
Wayans Drops N-Bomb, Faces Fallout

Wayans
Drops N-Bomb, Faces Fallout

Damon Wayans became the first famous offender of the Laugh Factory's ban on the use of the n-word, and was fined and banned from the club for three months as a result, Wayans' publicist tells TMZ.… READ MORE >

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