25 Things Even the Most Die-Hard 'Seinfeld' Fan Doesn't Know About 'Seinfeld'
Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer in 'Seinfeld'
Whether you're a fan who only recently caught Seinfeld fever or a Seinfeld devotee, a fan who's seen each episode at least a dozen times, who quotes Seinfeld dialogue liberally, and who describes everyday life occurrences as "it's like that Seinfeld episode…" we feel confident that you'll find something surprising in this round-up of show facts. So happy 25th anniversary, Seinfeld… we celebrate your greatness with a whole lot of somethings about the "show about nothing."
1. British actor Norman Brenner was the stand-in for Michael Richards for all nine seasons of Seinfeld, but he also played an extra in more than two dozen episodes. One of his most memorable extra spots (that is, one where his character had a name and was not referred to as "Man in Store," "Man on Sidewalk," or "Man on Bus"): as Ian, a friend of Elaine's shady clothing salesman boyfriend in Season 7's "The Wig Master." Brenner was such a beloved member of the show's staff that he also had a role in the 2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "Seinfeld" that featured the Seinfeld reunion (he played a customer at Mocha Joe's coffee cart).
Norman Brenner in the 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' episode, 'Seinfeld'
2. In Season 8's "The Pothole," Jerry's girlfriend's toothbrush falls into the toilet, and she uses it before he can tell her. Like so many Seinfeld plots, the toothbrush debacle was inspired by the real-life experience of the episode's writer, in this case, Dan O'Keefe. O'Keefe's then girlfriend, now wife, used her toothbrush before he could tell her it had fallen into the toilet, too. And when asked if she had yet forgiven him for it, he revealed: She still doesn't know the truth about the episode's origins. Well, until now.
3. Jerry Seinfeld's fascination with the number nine factored into his decision to end Seinfeld after — yes — nine seasons. From a 1998 Vanity Fair cover story that coincided with the series finale: