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Jason Alexander – MovieActors.com

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Alexander in PRETTY WOMAN.

About Jason Alexander (1959 – )

Jason Alexander was born on September 23, 1959, in Newark, New Jersey into a Jewish family. His parents gave him the name, Jason Scott Greenspan. His parents, Ruth and Alexander Greenspan, were both professionals. Her mother was a nurse and health care administrator, and his father was an accountant. He has a half-sister, Karen, and a half-brother, Michael.

Alexander grew up in a stable, loving family in Livingston, New Jersey, and went to Lexington High School. He did well in his studies, and excelled in acting. Jason Greenspan adopted the stage name, Jason Alexander, while still at Lexington High School. He also goes by the nickname, Jay. High school acting credits for Jason include the shows GUYS AND DOLLS, THE ODD COUPLE and OLIVER.

Alexander went to Boston University, majoring in classical acting. A professor redirected his emphasis to comedy roles, because he had noticed that Alexander's body-type and personna would never allow him to play classic roles, like Hamlet. "I know your heart and soul are Hamlet, but you will never play Hamlet."

Jason Alexander has had very succeessful career as a thespian, playing comical roles portraying "neurotic" and "socially awkward" men, as well as expanding into a variety of comical characters in theatre, films, and TV. "I'm always more motivated by the pain of a funny character than by what makes him funny."

During the summer before his senior year, Jason quit college because he was getting work on stage in New York. In 1995, Boston University, so proud of his achievements, gave him an honorary degree.

Like many thespians, Jason started his professional career on the stage, and has been honored for his performances on Broadway. In 1989 Jason won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical), for JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY. Other Broadway plays he did well in are MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, THE RINK, BROADWAY BOUND, and ACCOMPLICE.

On the other side of the country in Los Angeles, Jason has co-starred as Max Bialystock in THE PRODUCERS;(2003), and the musical adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, playing Jacob Marley, opposite of Kelsey Grammer's Scrooge. He enjoys working in live stage productions.

Currently, Jason is the Artistic Director at Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he has directed musicals; such as the highly acclaimed, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, that won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize, two Tonys, and many Drama Desk Awards.

In 1990, Jason Alexander was cast in the role of George Costanza for the hit TV series, SEINFELD, that was on television from 1990 to 1998. This role made him very popular with the public. While filming SEINFELD, Alexander was always fitted with a suit one size too small, to make his character look uncool.

"The greatest part of the job was... that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work.I would work with any one of them again in a heartbeat because it was joyous and incredibly easy."

Jason was nominated for many awards for his performances on Seinfeld: 4 Best Supporting Actor Golden Globes, 7 Primetime Emmys, 4 American Comedy Awards, of which he won twice. Jason won a Screen Actor's Guild Award for Best Actor in a comedy, and also won an American Televsion Award.

For his directing effort in the Seinfield episode, "The Good Samaritan," Jason was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award. He directed two other SEINFELD episodes: "Highlights of a Hundred", and "The Chronicle."

Jason's talent as a director has been seen in other TV series episodes on the following shows:CAMPUS LADIES;(1), EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS;(2), CRIMINAL MINDS;(1), 'TIL DEATH;(1), FRANKLIN & BASH;(1), and MIKE & MOLLY;(1). He also directed Brad Paisely's ONLINE music video. This music video won the 2007 Country Music Association's Video of the Year Award.

In 1999, Jason directed the film, JUST LOOKING, that resulted in the young actor, Ryan Merriman, who played the role of Lenny, being nominated for Best Leading young Actor Young Artist Award; an honor that he would win in two other film project in 2002;(DANGEROUS CHILD) and Best Supporting young actor in TAKEN IN 2003.

Currently, Jason is the Artistic Director at Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he has directed musicals; such as the highly acclaimed, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, that won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize, two Tonys, and many Drama Desk Awards.

Having an extensive knowledge of the classic original STAR TREK television episodes, Jason Alexander had perfectly passed a series of Star Trek skill testing questions on the "Howard Stern" show.

As Jason is a great fan of STAR TREK, he was finally given the opportunity to play a "Trek" role himself, in 1999. Jason played the character "Kurros" in the STAR TREK: VOYAGER episode THINK TANK.

At a birthday party, hosted by his friends, William Shatner was the surprise guest, because Captain Kirk was Jason's favorite character on STAR TREK.

In 2002, Jason taught acting classes at USC in Los Angeles. JAson was chosen by the university to become the first ever to serve on the USC faculty as the George Burns Distinguished Visitng Professor of Performance.

Jason either starred or was in an ensemble of actors for the following TV voice-over projects: HOW MURRAY SAVED CHRISTMAS; (2014), ANNIE SUNBEAM AND FRIENDS; (2013), DELHI SAFARI; (2012), THE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE; (2011), DORA THE EXPLORER; (2000}.

Jason has his own production company, located in Los Angeles, called Angel Ark Productions.

Jason married the love of his life, Daena E. Title, in 1982. They have two sons; Gabriel;(1991) and Noah;(1996).

Jason Alexander's notable movie credits include...

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS (DOCUMENTARY-2015)
WILD CARD (2015)
LUCKY STIFF (2014)
HACHI: A DOG'S TALE (2009)
THE GRAND (2007)
HOW TO GO OUT ON A DATE IN QUEENS (2006)
HOOD OF HORROR (2006)
IRA AND ABBY (2006)
FARCE OF THE PENGUINS (2006)
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME II (2002)
SHALLOW HAL (2001)
LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! (1997)
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1996)
FOR BETTER OR WORSE (1996)
THE PAPER (1994)
PRETTY WOMAN (1990)
SEINFELD (1990 - TV series)
THE BURNING (1981)