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    • Michael has won the most Emmys out of any actor on Seinfeld with 3.

    • Michael makes a cameo appearance as a caveman who discovers fire in the Disney World movie-and-ride attraction Ellen's Energy Adventure.

    • He is Is the only cast member on Seinfeld who has never hosted Saturday Night Live.

    • His big dream when he started acting was to play a detective.

    • He auditioned for the role of Al Bundy on Married with Children .

    • He has dated the following:

      Ann Talman, an actress, played Robin in Seinfeld episode #37, dated 1992-1993
      Beth Skipp, anactress, dated in 2007

    • He attended the following university: Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen, California
      California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California
      BFA Drama at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington

    • While starring in Seinfeld, Michael appeared in a public service announcement for NBC's The More You Know. His topic was a teacher tribute.

    • Michael attended Thousand Oaks High School, in Thousand Oaks, California.

    • Michael is banned from performing at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles.

    • Michael took his first drama class while he was in the eighth grade.

    • Michael married Cathleen Richards, a family therapist, in 1974. They divorced in 1992. They have one daughter, Sophia Richards.

    • Michael's parents are William Richards, an electrical engineer and Phyllis Nardozzi, a medical records librarian.

    • Michael shocked audience members at the Los Angeles comedy club, The Laugh Factory, in November 2006 when he was heckled by two black audience members. Michael unleashed a three-minute string of swear words at the hecklers, culminating in use of the word "ni**er".

    • Michael was offered the part for Adrian Monk as the OCD detective in the hit show Monk but he turned them down.

    • Michael's first major success was in the TV show Fridays.

    • Michael made a guest appearance on Mad About You as his same character as on Seinfeld.

    • In 1979, Michael decided to pursue standup comedy.

    • Michael was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Seinfeld in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

    • Michael won the 1997 and 1998 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Seinfeld along with Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

    • Michael was nominated for the 1995 and 1996 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Seinfeld.

    • Michael won the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Seinfeld.

    • Michael won the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Seinfeld.

    • Michael won the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Seinfeld.

    • Michael was nominated in 1996 and 1999 for the Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series Award for his role in Seinfeld in the American Comedy Awards.

    • Michael was nominated in 1996 for the Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Award for his role in Unstrung Heroes in the American Comedy Awards.

    • Michael is a 33-degree Scottish Rite Freemason.

    • Michael was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam era and served two years in West Germany.

    • Michael graduated from Evergreen State College in Washington with his BFA in drama.

    • Michael attended the California Institute of the Arts.

    • Michael was born in Culver City, known as "The Heart of Screenland" due to the MGM Studios being located there. MGM has since relocated to Santa Monica, but Culver City is now home to Sony Studios.

    • Michael auditioned for the role of Al Bundy in Married... With Children.

    • Michael's character Kramer on Seinfeld always wore clothes one size too big to make him appear to be laid back and loose.

    • Michael is 6'3" tall.

    • Michael's eccentric entrance into Jerry's apartment on Seinfeld was created by accident. In an early episode, Michael was about to miss his cue and had to hurry through which caused him to open the door and enter the way he did.

  • Quotes

    • Michael: You could watch Laurel and Hardy for three minutes trying to get into a berth in a train. And that's what made Lucille Ball so popular. She's always doing funny rather than saying funny. The shows today say funny, but I don't see anybody doing funny.

    • Michael: When you perform in front of an audience after only two days of rehearsal, you're flying by the seat of your pants - particularly when they're rewriting the show right up to the moment the camera goes on.

    • Michael: It's strange how parts come along, how life lives us, and what we get to do with the abilities that are given us.

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