Gene David (born July 2, 1947) is an American Emmy-winning actor,
writer, comedian, producer and film director. Formerly a stand up
comedian, David went into television comedy, writing and starring
in ABC's Fridays, as well as writing briefly for Saturday Night Live.
David is one of the most respected and successful comedians of recent
years. He was voted by other comedians as the 23rd greatest comedian
of all time in the British Channel 4 The Comedian's Comedian poll.
1989, he teamed up with Jerry Seinfeld to co-create the television
series Seinfeld, where he also acted as head writer and executive
producer. David's work won him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Comedy Series in 1993. In 1999, he created and stars in the HBO
series Curb Your Enthusiasm, an improvised sitcom in which he plays
a fictionalized version of himself.
was born in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, New York,
and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with
a bachelor's degree in history (1969) and then in business (1970).
a former standup comedian, David was a writer and cast member for
ABC's Fridays from 1980 to 1982, and a writer for NBC's Saturday
Night Live (SNL) from 1984 to 1985. During his time at SNL, he
could not get a sketch on the show. David quit his writing job
at SNL mid-season, only to show up to work a few days later to act
as though nothing had happened. This inspired a season two episode
of Seinfeld entitled "The Revenge". David met his future
Seinfeld stars during this early stage of his career: he worked
with Michael Richards (Kramer) on Fridays and with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(Elaine) during his one-year stint on SNL. He can be heard
heckling Michael McKean when McKean hosted the show in 1984, and
can be seen in the sketch, "The Run, Throw and Catch Like a
Girl Olympics" when Howard Cosell hosted the season finale
married Laurie Lennard on March 31, 1993; they have two daughters,
Cazzie and Romy, and they lived in Pacific Palisades, California.
Like her counterpart in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Cheryl David (played
by Cheryl Hines), Laurie is an environmental activist. From May
2005, the couple were both contributing bloggers at The Huffington
Post. The couple announced their intention to amicably separate
on June 5, 2007. Laurie David filed for divorce on July 19,
2007 citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody
of their two daughters.
Main article: Seinfeld
1989, David teamed up with comedian Jerry Seinfeld to create NBC's
The Seinfeld Chronicles (later retitled Seinfeld), which was to
become one of the most successful shows in United States television
history. He occasionally appeared (uncredited) on the show,
and was the primary inspiration for the show's George Costanza character.
David left Seinfeld on amicable terms after the seventh season,
but returned to write the series finale in 1998 two years later.
He continued to provide the voice for the character of George Steinbrenner.
and DVD releases of Seinfeld have earned David an estimated US$250
million. He was nominated for an Emmy award 19 times for Seinfeld,
winning twice, once for best comedy and once for writing.
article: Curb Your Enthusiasm
The HBO cable television channel aired David's 1-hour special, Larry
David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, on October 17, 1999. This was followed
by Curb Your Enthusiasm, a television series on HBO that aired its
first episode on October 15, 2000.
revisits many of the themes first brought up in Seinfeld. The
show is improvised, with the actors receiving a synopsis of their
scene for them to act out. David has commented that his character
in the show, which is a fictionalized version of himself, is what
he would be like in real life if he lacked social awareness and
sensitivity. Indeed, fictional Larry's numerous and frequent
social faux pas and misunderstandings are the basis of much of the
basis of the show is Larry's life now that he has earned a fortune
and has very little to do in semi-retirement. Alongside David
is his wife Cheryl (played by Cheryl Hines), his manager and best
friend Jeff (played by Jeff Garlin), and Jeff's wife Susie (played
by Susie Essman). Celebrities including comedians Richard Lewis,
Bob Einstein and Wanda Sykes, and actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
have had either recurring roles or guest appearances on the show.
Apart from David's major roles in creating Seinfeld and Curb Your
Enthusiasm, he has also been involved in other films and television
series. David wrote and directed the 1998 film Sour Grapes, about
two cousins who feud over a casino jackpot. It was neither a
commercial nor a critical success. He has also appeared
in minor parts in two Woody Allen films: Radio Days and New York
Stories. David is set to star in Woody Allen's currently untitled
New York-based comedy film, which began filming in April 2008.
Since his daughters are Hannah Montana fans, David, along with them,
guest starred in the episode "My Best Friend's Boyfriend"
as themselves where they are waiting to get a table at a fancy restaurant.
David was nominated in 2003 for a Golden Globe Award in the "Best
Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Musical Or Comedy"
category, for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was nominated
for the same category and series again, in 2005 and 2006. In the
same year, fellow comedians and comedy insiders voted him number
23 on the top fifty greatest comedy acts ever in a poll to select
"The Comedian's Comedian". David was nominated for a 2006
Emmy Best Actor Award. There was speculation that the show would
be ending after the fifth season; however, the show returned for
a sixth season on September 9, 2007, airing at 10pm Sunday nights
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