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.