15 Larry David Cameos on Seinfeld

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Comedic writer Larry David co-created Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld for NBC during the late 1980s. While Jerry was front-and-center on the groundbreaking sitcom, David also appeared from time to time in numerous uncredited, yet memorable, roles. Here are 15 of them.

1. CAR THIEF // “THE ALTERNATE SIDE”

Jerry’s car is stolen at the beginning of “The Alternate Side.” When he calls his car phone, Larry David is the car thief who answers the phone.

2. MAN WITH CAPE // "The Chinese Woman"

At the beginning of “The Chinese Woman,” Jerry and Elaine spot Frank Costanza in the city with a mysterious man, wearing sunglasses and a cape, played by David. It’s revealed later in the episode that the man in the cape is Frank’s lawyer, who is helping him with his divorce from his wife, Estelle. At the very end, the mystery man saves Elaine’s friend Noreen from jumping off the Queensboro Bridge. When Noreen asks him who he is, the man in the cape responds, "I'm Frank Costanza's lawyer."

3. SCREAMING B-MOVIE ACTOR // “THE HEART ATTACK”

Jerry is watching the fake B-movie Flaming Globes of Sigmund on late night TV in “The Heart Attack.” David plays the B-movie actor who is wrapped in a gray space suit and raving about a planet being engulfed in flames.

4. KOSHER MEAL PASSENGER // "THE AIRPORT"

During “The Airport,” Jerry and Elaine are forced to sit separately on an airplane back to New York City. While Jerry is having a fabulous time in first class, Elaine is miserable and annoyed in coach. She gets up to go to the bathroom during the food service and when she returns to her seat, the flight attendant has given her meal away to another passenger, who is voiced by David.

5. SPORTS COMMENTATOR // “THE LIP READER”

While Jerry and George are at the U.S. Open in “The Lip Reader,” George sloppily pounds down an ice cream sundae at the concession stand. The TV broadcast catches George with ice cream and chocolate sauce all over his face, as two tennis sportscasters—one played by David—make fun of him on national television.

6. POLICE OFFICER // “THE WIG MASTER”

Kramer gets falsely arrested for being a pimp at the end of “The Wig Master.” While he’s having his mug shot taken, David voices the police officer who books him. He spouts the hilarious line, “I said turn, pimp!” To which, Kramer responds, “I’m not a pimp.”

7. MAN ON RAFT // “THE PILOT”

At the very end of the second part of the season four finale, “The Pilot,” Russell (Bob Balaban)—the head of NBC—quits his job to join Greenpeace after Elaine breaks up with him. David plays one of the people from Greenpeace with Russell in an escaping lifeboat.

8. NEWSSTAND OWNER // “THE GUM”

George believes that he gave the cashier at the coffee shop a $20 bill instead of a $10, as she claimed. He insists that he gave her a $20 bill because he drew red lips on Andrew Jackson’s face. At the end of the episode, when he tries to buy a pack of gum at a newsstand, the vendor—played by David—tells him that he doesn’t accept bills with lipstick on the president.

9. MAN ON BEACH // “THE MARINE BIOLOGIST”

When Jerry meets with his old college friend Diane, she asks how George is doing. Jerry claims George is now a marine biologist, instead of offering up George’s preferred lie about his fake career as an architect. Impressed, George and Diane go out on a date—during which they take a walk along the beach and come across a crowd of people trying to help a distressed whale. David is the voice of a man who yells out “Is anybody here a marine biologist?,” which forces George to reluctantly take action.

10. SADDAM HUSSEIN // “THE DINNER PARTY”

In season five, the group goes to a dinner party. Beforehand, Jerry and Elaine go to a bakery to buy a chocolate Babka, while George and Kramer go to a beverage store to buy wine. They are delayed at the shop because they are blocked in when someone double-parks next to their car. At the end, it is revealed that Saddam Hussein is the culprit. David is the voice of the Iraqi dictator.

11. GEORGE STEINBRENNER // “THE OPPOSITE”

“The Opposite” is the season five finale, where George does the complete opposite of his natural instincts. He gets the girl, stands up for himself, and manages to score a job interview with the New York Yankees. He also meets George Steinbrenner, who is only shown in silhouette and voiced by David. David continued to voice the Yankee’s owner in numerous episodes, including the series finale.

12. MAN IN HALLWAY // “The Trip: Part 2”

In the second part of the season four premiere, “The Trip: Part 2,” Kramer moves to Los Angeles because he’s fed up with the “rat race” in New York City. During his exploits on the west coast, he is mistaken for a serial killer, and the police show up to his doorstep to arrest him. One of the police officers in the background is David.

13. MOVIE TRAILER VOICEOVER // "The Movie"

Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer lose each other at a movie theater, while trying to watch the fictional Checkmate. Jerry tries to find the group in a darkened theater, while a trailer for the fake movie Rochelle, Rochelle is playing on the big screen. The voice in the trailer is David’s.

14. NEWMAN // “THE REVENGE”

The character of Newman, Jerry’s nemesis, was introduced as Kramer’s suicidal friend during the series’ second season. Although Newman had a bigger role in previous drafts, the character was reduced to an off-screen voice, provided by David, in the final version of the episode. However, Newman was re-introduced during season three, with Wayne Knight playing Kramer’s buddy. To keep continuity, Knight went back and re-dubbed Newman’s lines from “The Revenge” in the syndicated and home video versions.

Fun Fact: A year before he landed the Newman role, Knight appeared in Oliver Stone’s JFK. During season three, he recreated the iconic “magic bullet theory” scene from JFK on Seinfeld in “The Boyfriend.”

15. PRISONER // “THE FINALE”

At the very end of the Seinfeld series finale, the group are sent to jail for not helping someone during a mugging. Jerry is doing his final standup act of the series in prison to an audience made up of inmates and guards. One of the inmates who threatens Jerry for telling bad jokes is David. The prisoner was sent to jail for committing grand theft auto.

Interestingly, David was also the voice of the man who stole Jerry’s car in season three. Apparently, he was caught and booked between appearances. It took seven years for that hidden joke to pay off.

10 Wireless Chargers Designed to Make Life Easier

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While our smart devices and gadgets are necessary in our everyday life, the worst part is the clumsy collection of cords and chargers that go along with them. Thankfully, there are more streamlined ways to keep your phone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and other electronics powered-up. Check out these 10 wireless chargers that are designed to make your life convenient and connected.

1. Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad; $40

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Touted as one of the world's fastest chargers, this wireless model from Moshi is ideal for anyone looking to power-up their phone or AirPods in a hurry. It sports a soft, cushioned design and features a proprietary Q-coil module that allows it to charge through a case as thick as 5mm.

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2. Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station; $57

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Consolidate your bedside table with this clock, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker, and wireless charger, all in one. It comes with a built-in radio and glossy LED display with three levels of brightness to suit your style.

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3. BentoStack PowerHub 5000; $100 (37 percent off)

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This compact Apple accessory organizer will wirelessly charge, port, and store your device accessories in one compact hub. It stacks to look neat and keep you from losing another small piece of equipment.

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4. Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger; $85

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This wireless charger doubles as a portable battery, so when your charge dies, the backup battery will double your device’s life. Your friends will love being able to borrow a charge, too, with the easy, non-slip hook-up.

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5. 4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger; $41 (31 percent off)

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Put all of those tangled cords to rest with this single, temperature-controlled charging stand that can work on four devices at once. It even has a built-in safeguard to protect against overcharging.

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6. GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger; $20 (31 percent off)

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If you need to charge your phone while also using it as a GPS, this wireless device hooks right into the car’s air vent for safe visibility. Your device will be fully charged within two to three hours, making it perfect for road trips.

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7. Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad; $35 (30 percent off)

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This incredibly thin, tiny charger is designed for anyone looking to declutter their desk or nightstand. Using a USB-C cord for a power source, this wireless charger features a built-in cooling system and is simple to set up—once plugged in, you just have to rest your phone on top to get it working.

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8. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 percent off)

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This Apple Watch charger is all about convenience on the go. Simply attach the charger to your keys or backpack and wrap your Apple Watch around its magnetic center ring. The whole thing is small enough to be easily carried with you wherever you're traveling, whether you're commuting or out on a day trip.

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9. Wireless Charger with 30W Power Delivery & 18W Fast Charger Ports; $55 (38 percent off)

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Fuel up to three devices at once, including a laptop, with this single unit. It can wirelessly charge or hook up to USB and USB-C to consolidate your charging station.

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10. FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table; $150 (24 percent off)

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This bamboo table is actually a wireless charger—all you have to do is set your device down on the designated charging spot and you're good to go. Easy to construct and completely discreet, this is a novel way to charge your device while entertaining guests or just enjoying your morning coffee.

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12 Facts About Richard Simmons

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Richard Simmons was everywhere during the 1980s and 1990s. From talk show appearances to Sweatin' to the Oldies video tapes, Simmons was the world's most memorable exercise advocate ... until he dropped out of sight.

In 2017, Simmons became the subject of the Missing Richard Simmons podcast, which took the central conceit of Serial and dropped it into a group fitness class. The podcast recounted filmmaker Dan Taberski’s attempts to coerce Simmons out of an apparently self-imposed three-year exile, but still left plenty of Simmons lore to pore over. Check out 12 things that may help you better understand the man behind the sequined tank tops, who was born on July 12, 1948.

1. Richard Simmons was almost Father Simmons.

Born in 1948, Simmons was raised in a very religious household in the French Quarter of New Orleans. After graduating from high school, he entered a Dominican seminary in Iowa and stayed for nearly two years before leaving. “It just wasn’t for me,” he said, citing his 240-pound frame that had been engorged on food addiction from an early age and his “loud” persona as being less than fitting for the job. Simmons also tried getting into medicine but found that “dead bodies [and] blood” were unnerving. He also had stints as a cosmetics executive and fashion illustrator before finding his niche in the fitness industry, opening the Anatomy Asylum exercise studio in 1975.

2. An anonymous note led to Richard Simmons's body transformation.

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According to a 1981 feature in The New York Times, Simmons was working as a “fat model” in Europe in 1968 when he found a handwritten note stuck to his car. “Fat people die young,” the paper read. “Please don’t die. Anonymous.” Rattled by the message, the then-268-pound Simmons developed an eating disorder, surviving on water and lettuce for more than two months. Eventually, he recovered and developed a new philosophy: "Love yourself, move your body and watch your portions."

3. Richard Simmons appeared in two Federico Fellini movies.

Before Simmons slimmed down, he was enjoying the cuisine of Florence, Italy, where he was studying art in the late 1960s. While there, Simmons nabbed parts in two movies by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini: Satyricon and The Clowns. The footage is apparently the only existing evidence of his former frame: Simmons once said he “burned” all other photos prior to his weight loss.

4. Richard Simmons revolutionized the '80s fitness tape craze.

No video store in the 1980s was complete without a section devoted to fitness. Industry stars like Jake Steinfeld and Tony Little shared shelf space with tapes from Jane Fonda and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In almost all of these releases, perfectly-proportioned motivators and models led viewers through rigorous workout routines. When Simmons started his Sweatin’ to the Oldies series in 1988, he elected to populate his stage with regular people who were still struggling with weight loss. Consumers appreciated that Simmons wasn’t holding them up to a fitness magazine ideal, and the Sweatin’ series went on to sell 25 million copies.

5. Richard Simmons has been known to confront overeaters.

Early in his mission to eliminate excess adipose tissue, Simmons admitted to confronting total strangers over some of their dietary choices. “I’ll see an overweight woman eating a butterscotch sundae,” he told People in 1981, “and I’ll sit at her table and say, ‘What is this?’” When he operated a trendy Los Angeles eatery he called Ruffage in 1975, he’d also sit down with his customers and tell them if they needed to lose weight.

6. Richard Simmons once replaced Alex Trebek.

In 1987, syndicated TV distributor Lorimar attempted to capitalize on the home-shopping craze with ValueTelevision, a one-hour show where viewers could place orders via the telephone for featured products. The series was co-hosted by Jeopardy! star Alex Trebek. When the ratings were less than Lorimar anticipated, they fired Trebek and replaced him with Simmons. Nothing seemed to work, and the show was canceled in June.

7. Richard Simmons used to tour shopping malls.

Beginning in 1979, Simmons appeared on the ABC soap opera General Hospital as a fitness instructor. With the cast, he began making personal appearances at shopping malls: Simmons was so impressed by the number of people he could reach this way that he continued even after leaving the show in the early 1980s. “I travel almost 300 days a year,” he said in 1991. “I do mostly shopping malls, because everyone will come to a shopping mall, no matter what they weigh, no matter their economic structure, no matter what they drive. The malls are the meeting places of America. And so that's where I go."

8. Richard Simmons doesn't like sarcasm.

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In 2004, Simmons was at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport when a fellow passenger made a caustic remark about his Sweatin’ to the Oldies series of tapes. According to police, the man spotted Simmons and shouted, “Hey, everybody, it’s Richard Simmons. Let’s drop our bags and rock to the ‘50s.” The heckling was unappreciated by Simmons, who reportedly walked over and slapped the man across the face. According to the Bangor Daily News, police cited him with misdemeanor assault. The case was later settled and dropped.

9. David Letterman gave Richard Simmons an asthma attack.

Simmons was a frequent guest on David Letterman’s late-night talk shows, with Letterman often playing the straight man to the hyper antics of Simmons. In 2000, Simmons took a break from the appearances after Letterman playfully sprayed him with a fire extinguisher, prompting the asthmatic Simmons to have so much trouble breathing that paramedics were called. The normally affable Simmons was so upset by the incident that he refused to appear on the show for six years.

10. Richard Simmons doesn't like restaurants.

Speaking with the Denver Post in 2008, Simmons said that he very rarely visits restaurants owing to the fact that people can’t stop craning their necks to see what the diet guru has ordered. To maintain some semblance of privacy, Simmons typically gets room service while traveling. He also avoids grocery stores, citing concerns that people tend to call him over and ask him to read the ingredients label to see if it’s a healthy option.

11. Richard Simmons called his dogs on the phone.

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Describing himself as a “loner” who doesn’t have many friends, Simmons once revealed a strong emotional bond with his three Dalmatians he named after characters in Gone with the Wind. When traveling, Simmons said he would call his house and sing to them over the telephone.

12. Richard Simmons foreshadowed his own exit in 1981.

As his fame and success grew, Simmons became a fixture on television and in print. Speaking to People for a profile in November 1981, the fitness expert said he received 25,000 to 30,000 letters every day and tried to meet as many people who requested his help as possible. “The day I don’t love any of this,” he said, “I’ll walk away.”

This story has been updated for 2020.