Michael Richards

Actor + Comedian
Born Jul 24, 1949

Michael Anthony Richards is an American actor, comedian, writer and television producer, best known for his portrayal of the eccentric Cosmo Kramer on the television sitcom Seinfeld. Richards began his career as a stand up comedian, first stepping into a national spotlight when he was featured on Billy Crystal's first cable TV special. He went on to become a series regular on ABC's Fridays.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on July 24, 1949.


1970 20 Years Old Richards graduated from Thousand Oaks High School. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1970. … Read More
1975 25 Years Old After being honorably discharged he used the benefits of the G.I. Bill to enroll in the California Institute of the Arts, and received a BA degree in drama from The Evergreen State College in 1975. … Read More
1979 29 Years Old Richards got his big TV break in 1979, appearing in Billy Crystal's first cable TV special.


1980 30 Years Old In 1980, he began as one of the cast members on ABC's Fridays television show, where Larry David was a writer. … Read More
1989 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Richards had a supporting role in "Weird Al" Yankovic's comedy film UHF as janitor Stanley Spadowski. … Read More


1992 42 Years Old …  Richards and Lyons separated in 1992 and officially divorced a year later.
1993 43 Years Old Richards won more Emmys than any other cast member on Seinfeld. He took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1993, 1994 and 1997. … Read More


2000 50 Years Old In 2000, after the end of Seinfeld, Richards began work on a new series for NBC, his first major project since Seinfelds finale. … Read More
2006 56 Years Old During a performance of November 17, 2006 at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, California, Richards shouted a racially charged response to noise from black audience members, shouting "He's a nigger!" several times, and referring to lynching, and the Jim Crow era. … Read More
2007 57 Years Old …  In 2007, Richards voiced character Bud Ditchwater in the animated film Bee Movie, which starred, and was produced by, Jerry Seinfeld.
2009 59 Years Old In 2009, Richards and the other main Seinfeld cast members appeared in the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.


2010 60 Years Old In 2010, Richards married longtime girlfriend Beth Skipp. … Read More
2012 62 Years Old In 2012, Richards appeared in comedy web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld.
2013 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Richards returned to television when he played the role of Frank in the sitcom Kirstie, co-starring Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman. … Read More
2014 64 Years Old In 2014, Richards appeared as the president of Crackle in a trailer for Season 5. … Read More
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