Michael Richards is best known for his role as Kramer on Seinfeld,
however he had already established a solid career as a comic actor
before landing the role in 1989.
After graduating college,
Richards began performing in comedy clubs. He had worked the standup
circuit for less than a year when he was asked by ABC to appear in
their new sketch series Fridays.
Richards remained obscure
until fellow Fridays castmate Larry David offered him a part in The
Seinfeld Chronicles, a show he had recently developed with comedian
Jerry Seinfeld. It took the Richards a while to develop his alter ego,
but once he did the results were dazzling, earning Richards a trio of
Emmys for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.