Michael Richards
Actor, comedian
Michael Richards
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.
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Revisiting Michael Richards’s Art in the Age of Black Lives Matter
NYTimes - 7 months
In the exhibition “Michael Richards: Winged,” his work exploring themes of aviation, flight and escape comes across in a new light.
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15 More Things 'Seinfeld' Can Reunite For
Huffington Post - about 3 years
1. The first sketch for Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, coming back to New York 2. Vegan campaign ad - "Forget Steaks, Have A Big Salad" 3. Commercial for the Uncle Leo Memorial Retirement Home 4. An intervention for Michael Richards 5. A series of toupee commercials 6. The next Superman movie: Batman vs. Superman vs. Joe Davola 7. Rochelle, Rochelle Live!, an NBC musical television special 8. A Christian anti-masturbating ad featuring everyone very regretful about the contest 9. The Chinese Theater's 20-year anniversary screening of The English Patient 10. An 8th birthday party for a very rich, very white, very cynical boy 11. Grand opening ceremony for a chinese restaurant 12. A Buzzfeed original video about the top 10 nit-picky reasons to break up with your girlfriend 13. Google's first employee appreciation function after they enslave the human race 14. A 13-episode season for Netflix, to be released all in the same day: December 23rd - the official d ...
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For 'Seinfeld' Star, Ocean Beckons
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Actor-comedian Michael Richards talks about his historic 1929 Los Angeles house by architect Paul R. Williams.
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Kirstie Alley Shows Off Slim Body in Tight Dress, Blonder Hair on Good Morning America
US Magazine - about 3 years
Back . . . and better than ever! Kirstie Alley is busy making the media rounds to promote her new sitcom Kirstie, and she couldn't look any better doing it. The 62-year-old actress, who has long struggled with her weight, showed off her slim figure in a tight dress while appearing on Good Morning America on Monday, Dec. 2. PHOTOS: Celebrity weight fluctuations Alley looked glam in a form-fitting royal purple dress that hit below her knee. She accessorized the dress with purple tights, jeweled pumps and gold bangles. The Look Who's Talking star also rocked a blonder, shoulder-length hairdo. When a fan asked on Twitter how she lost the weight, Alley directed the commenter to her website for Kirstie Alley's Organic Liaison, a weight loss program that uses organic and natural dietary supplements. PHOTOS: Stars who love kale The Emmy-winning actress is making her return to TV in her new TV Land sitcom, Kirstie, which also stars Seinfeld's Michael Richards and her former Chee ...
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Michael Richards goes for a drive
LATimes - about 3 years
The Sunday Conversation: Michael Richards, famous for playing Kramer on 'Seinfeld,' has a role as a medical-marijuana-smoking chauffeur on TV Land's 'Kirstie.' Three-time Emmy winner and "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards talks about his return to network television as eccentric chauffeur Frank Baxter in TV Land's "Kirstie" (premiering Wednesday), his first series since his infamous N-word rant at a black heckler at the Laugh Factory in 2006.
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Beyond Diversity Resource Center Responds to President’s Call for National Conversations on Race
California News Wire - over 3 years
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Sept. 18, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Beyond Diversity Resource Center announces the publication of a supplement to its book on racial dialogue in America, “The Anti-Racist Cookbook” (ISBN: 978-0971901766). “After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, President Obama asked Americans to have thoughtful conversations about race and its impact on our lives,” noted Robin Parker, the executive director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center. “In response, the Center thought it was important to offer supplemental questions to our 2005 publication, ‘The Anti-Racist Cookbook: A Recipe Guide for Conversations about Race That Goes beyond Covered Dishes and Kum-Bah-Ya.’ The questions in the Supplement focus on implicit bias and personal safety, two areas where racial dialogue is especially needed.” The introduction to the supplement states, “Today, people of color have less to fear from the overt actions of ...
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Urbana state representative won't run for 7th term
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A long-time state representative from Urbana says she won't run for a 7th term in office. The Champaign News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1fZiWnR ) Rep. Naomi Jakobsson made her announcement Tuesday evening in an email to supporters. The Democrat says the decision to not seek re-election wasn't easy, but says it's been an "honor" to serve the community. The 71-year-old was first elected in 2002. Her campaign manager, Michael Richards, sent an email to supporters after Jakobsson's announcement. He says he'll run for her seat. ___ Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com
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American Axle Co-Founder Dies
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Dauch, longtime automotive executive and co-founder of Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing has died. He was 71. Dauch died Friday of cancer at his Bloomfield Hills home, according to the Oakland County medical examiner's office. He co-founded American Axle in 1994 after teaming with two investors on the purchase of GM's axle, forge and driveshaft driveline assets. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Dick's family and friends. All of us have lost a great friend and leader," the auto supplier said in a statement. Dauch was known as an innovative manufacturing strategist and entrepreneur. His "Passion for Manufacturing" is used as textbook material at colleges and universities, according to his biography on the American Axle & Manufacturing website. He joined General Motors in 1964 after graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in industrial management and science, and later served as group ...
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Kirstie Alley And John Travolta's Small Screen Reunion
Huffington Post - over 3 years
John Travolta will reunite with "Look Who's Talking" co-star Kirstie Alley on Alley's new TV Land sitcom, "Kirstie," according to Deadline. Travolta will film his guest spot early next month, and will play a stagehand on Maddie’s (Alley) Broadway show. After a one-night stand together, Maddie is surprised to find that her fling refuses to be flung. Alley tweeted her enthusiasm for Travolta's casting on Tuesday afternoon: John Travolta is gonna be on our new show KIRSTIE!!!!!! SOOO excited to work together again!!! We are gonna have a BALL!! @tvland !! — Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) July 23, 2013 “Kirstie” premieres on TV Land on Wednesday, December 4, and Travolta’s episode will air later in the season. “I’m excited about working with Kirstie again, in addition to such terrific talent on the show. It’s always a treat to be surrounded by people you respect so much both personally and professionally," Travolta said in a statement. The show centers around Br ...
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E. R. Shipp: Parsing the N-Word
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Nigger. That's what we're talking about," Don Lemon, a CNN anchor, said at the start of a remarkable hour of television about what many people -- myself included -- consider just about the most indefensible term in the English language, a word in the news lately because a whole lot of people are making a big deal over the fact that Paula Deen may have uttered it within the past 30 years. As if she is the only 66-year-old Southern white woman who has done so. As if she is the only public figure who has done so. As if many black people don't blithely utter it every day. Not just Samuel L. Jackson in a Quentin Tarantino film, mind you. But black folks in politics, in civil rights, in entertainment, in academe. "If the word is offensive and evil, it is offensive and evil no matter who is using it," a friend said in a Facebook posting. I agree with him, but many blacks do not. Every day the word blares from radios and rolls off the tongues of black people in rap songs and ...
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Gillian Clark: The N-Word and Other Stones
Huffington Post - over 3 years
To most of us black people, Paula Deen's "Well, I do declare" brand of racism isn't news. Even for those of us from up north we are neither stunned nor surprised. Growing up black in New York in the 1970s shielded me from the violence faced by Medgar Evers and Emmett Till, but the simmering bigotry that gets under my skin is probably the same brand of insensitive name calling and characterizations faced by the cooks working for Paula Deen. Like these black folk, I learned to shrug it off and count it as one more thing we have to deal with living in white America. Certainly there were things that were unacceptable -- my grandmother being beaten by a band of white cops who turned on her when she raised her hands to shield her husband from the swinging batons. And then there are the incidents that we grow to live with. From the kids at school marveling at how my hair stands up in an afro or being the only black kid in the suddenly quiet room when pictures from summer ca ...
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El Guapo: Fox News Hires Paula Deen to Host Plantation-Themed Morning Show
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a press release yesterday, Fox News confirmed that they will be introducing a new plantation-themed morning show hosted by former Food Network star, NAACP award recipient and plantation enthusiast Paula Deen. While the network is keeping a tight lid on the details, top executives who requested they not be named admit Fox is trying to cement its standing in a coveted demographic: conservative Southern whites who wish it was still 1852. Some close to the network say that the program will have a plantation theme. As Paula and her co-host Michael Richards chat about current events and sip mint juleps, black men will reportedly till a field in the background and refill their drinks. "It's going to be great. It's a lot like what they have going on with NBC's Today Show and enthusiastic audience members gathering in Rockefeller Center. However, we found that in our target demo, our audiences prefer that blacks avert eye-contact and engage in some non-threatening behavior, like ...
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Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Johnston, Cloris Leachman Head to Kirstie
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Johnston, Cloris Leachman Head to Kirstie Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:00 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 On the show, which was initially titled Giant Baby, Alley plays Broadway star Madison Banks, whose life turns upside down when the son she gave up at birth (Eric Petersen) shows up and wants to reconnect. Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, Michael Richards to reunite on Kirstie Leachman (Raising Hope) will play Shirley Kluszewski, Madison's outspoken, hard-living, show business-hating mother who is estranged from her daughter. Add new fall shows to your Watchlist Johnston (The Exes) will play the other Madison Banks, a one-time aspiring actress who is now a broken-down waitress in a dive coffee shop.
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Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, Michael Richards to Reunite on Kirstie
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, Michael Richards to Reunite on Kirstie Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:00 pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Jason Alexander has booked a guest-starring role on Kirstie Alley's new sitcom Kirstie, which will reunite him with his former Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards, who plays Alley's driver on the show. On the show, which was initially titled Giant Baby, Alley plays Broadway star Madison Banks, whose life turns upside down when the son she gave up at birth (Eric Petersen) shows up and wants to reconnect.
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ArtsBeat: Michael Richards Lands a Job in TV Land
NYTimes - about 4 years
The former "Seinfeld' actor will co-star in a pilot for TV Land.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Richards
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 64
    In 2014, Richards appeared as the president of Crackle in a trailer for Season 5.
    More Details Hide Details Seinfeld has said that the storyline of the trailer will be expanded upon in one of the episodes.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    Richards played the role of Frank in the sitcom Kirstie, costarring Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman, premiering on TV Land on December 4, 2013.
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    In 2013, Richards returned to television when he played the role of Frank in the sitcom Kirstie, co-starring Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman.
    More Details Hide Details Richards was born in Culver City, California, the son of Phyllis (née Nardozzi), a medical records librarian, and William Richards, an electrical engineer. His father died in a car crash when Michael was two and his mother never remarried.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    In 2012, Richards appeared in comedy web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld.
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  • 2010
    Age 60
    In 2010, Richards married longtime girlfriend Beth Skipp.
    More Details Hide Details They have been together since 2002. They have a son, Antonio Baz (b. 2011).
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    In 2009, Richards and the other main Seinfeld cast members appeared in the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    In 2007, Richards voiced character Bud Ditchwater in the animated film Bee Movie, which starred, and was produced by, Jerry Seinfeld.
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  • 2006
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kyle Doss, a member of the group Richards addressed, said that the group had arrived in the middle of the performance, explaining: Here's what happened. As we walked in, we sat down and started ordering drinks. And, as we ordered drinks, I guess we're being a little loud, because there was 20 of us ordering drinks. And he said, "Look at the stupid Mexicans and blacks being loud up there." That's the first thing he said. And then he kept on with his bit. And, then, after a while, I told him, "My friend doesn't think you're funny." And then when I told him that, that's when he flipped me off and said, "F-you N-word." Richards made a public apology on the Late Show with David Letterman, when Jerry Seinfeld was the guest, saying, "For me to be at a comedy club and to flip out and say this crap, I'm deeply, deeply sorry. I'm not a racist, that's what's so insane about this." The audience initially laughed at Richards saying the term "Afromerican/Afro americans" and during uncomfortable pauses in Richards' explanation and apology, unable to decide if the interview was a bit; at one point Seinfeld chided the audience, "Stop laughing, it's not funny." Richards said that he had been trying to defuse heckling by being even more outrageous, but that it had backfired.
  • 2000
    Age 50
    In 2000, after the end of Seinfeld, Richards began work on a new series for NBC, his first major project since Seinfelds finale.
    More Details Hide Details The Michael Richards Show, for which the actor received co-writer and co-executive producer credits, was originally conceived as a comedy/mystery starring Richards as a bumbling private investigator. However, after the first pilot failed with test audiences, NBC ordered that the show be retooled into a more conventional, office-based sitcom before its premiere. After a few weeks of poor ratings and negative reviews, it was cancelled.
  • FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Starting in 2004, he and his fellow Seinfeld cast members provided interviews and audio commentaries for the Seinfeld DVDs, but Richards stopped providing audio commentary after Season 5 though he continued to provide interviews.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    Richards and Lyons separated in 1992 and officially divorced a year later.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    In 1989, he was cast as Cosmo Kramer in the NBC television series Seinfeld, which was created by fellow Fridays cast member Larry David and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
    More Details Hide Details Although it got off to a slow start, by the mid-1990s, the show had become one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. The series ended its nine-year run in 1998 at #1 in the Nielsen ratings. In the setting of Seinfeld, Kramer is usually referred to by his last name only and is the neighbor of the show's eponymous character. Kramer's first name, Cosmo, was revealed in the sixth-season episode "The Switch".
    In 1989, Richards had a supporting role in "Weird Al" Yankovic's comedy film UHF as janitor Stanley Spadowski.
    More Details Hide Details On television, Richards also appeared in Miami Vice (as an unscrupulous bookie), Cheers (as a character trying to collect on an old bet with Sam Malone), and made several guest appearances with Jay Leno as an accident-prone fitness expert. According to an interview with executive producer David Hoberman, ABC first conceived the series Monk as a procedural police comedy with an Inspector Clouseau-like character suffering from obsessive–compulsive disorder. Hoberman said that ABC wanted Richards to play Adrian Monk, but he turned it down.
  • 1980
    Age 30
    In 1980, he began as one of the cast members on ABC's Fridays television show, where Larry David was a writer.
    More Details Hide Details This included a famous instance in which guest Andy Kaufman refused to deliver his scripted lines, leading Richards to bring the cue cards on screen to Kaufman, causing him to throw his drink into Richards's face before a small riot ensued (Richards later claimed he was in on the joke). The film Man on the Moon featured a re-enactment of the Andy Kaufman incident in which Richards was portrayed by actor Norm Macdonald (although he is never referred to by name so he could be seen as a composite character taking the place of Richards).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    Richards got his big TV break in 1979, appearing in Billy Crystal's first cable TV special.
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  • 1975
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a short-lived improv act with Ed Begley, Jr. during this period. Enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, he continued to appear in student productions.
  • 1970
    Age 20
    Richards graduated from Thousand Oaks High School. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details He trained as a medic and was stationed in West Germany.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on July 24, 1949.
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