The Definitive Ranking Of Recurring "Seinfeld" Characters

A countdown about nothing.

1. The beginning of July marks the 25th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Seinfeld.


While most of the show’s jokes and airtime can certainly be attributed to the four main characters, Seinfeld’s recurring characters played no small role in making the show what it was and still is today.

Including unseen characters, there were over 90 characters that appeared in the show for at least two episodes and over 25 characters that appeared for 5 episodes or more. Here are 50 of the best characters that appeared in at least two episodes:

2. 50. Sidra Holland (3 episodes)

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Also known as: “They’re real and they’re spectacular.”
First appearance: Season 4, episode 19
Portrayed by: Teri Hatcher

3. 49. Rebecca DeMornay (2 episodes)

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Also known as: Thrift store and homeless shelter worker who is easily aggravated
First appearance: Season 9, episode 17
Portrayed by: Sonya Eddy

4. 48. Katie (2 episodes)

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Also known as: Jerry’s agent/assistant/manager
First appearance: Season 6, episode 22
Portrayed by: Debra Jo Rupp

5. 47. Matthew (2 episodes)

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Also known as: The kid who catches Jerry cursing (and then repeats it)
First appearance: Season 7, episode 23
Portrayed by: John Christian Graas

6. 46. Mr. Morgan (4 episodes)

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Also known as: George’s coworker at the Yankees who he gets fired
First appearance: Season 6, episode 3
Portrayed by: Tom Wright

7. 45. Dolores (2 episodes)

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Also known as: Mulva
First appearance: Season 4, episode 20
Portrayed by: Susan Walters

8. 44. Cousin Jeffrey

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Also known as: Jerry’s unseen cousin who works for the Parks Department
First “appearance”: Season 2, episode 2

9. 43. Marla Penny (4 episodes)

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Also known as: The Virgin
First appearance: Season 4, episode 10
Portrayed by: Jane Leeves

10. 42. Scott Drake (3 episodes)

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Also known as: The Drake
First appearance: Season 4, episode 22
Portrayed by: Rick Overton

11. 41. Ping (4 episodes)

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Also known as: The gang’s usual Chinese food delivery person
First appearance: Season 3, episode 8
Portrayed by: Ping Wu

12. 40. Carol (5 episodes)

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Also known as: Elaine’s friend who wants her to have and/or see a baby
First appearance: Season 3, episode 17
Portrayed by: Lisa Mende

13. 39. Mrs. Ross (7 episodes)

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Also known as: Susan’s mother
First appearance: Season 4, episode 8
Portrayed by: Grace Zabriskie

14. 38. Jake Jarmel (3 episodes)

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Also known as: Elaine’s author boyfriend who doesn’t use enough exclamation points
First appearance: Season 5, episode 4
Portrayed by: Marty Rackham

15. 37. Tina (3 episodes)

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Also known as: Elaine’s roommate who dates Kramer
First appearance: Season 2, episode 9
Portrayed by: Siobhan Fallon

16. 36. Mabel Choate (3 episodes)

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Also known as: The marble rye lady
First appearance: Season 7, Episode 11
Portrayed by: Frances Bay

17. 35. Mike Moffit (2 episodes)

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Also known as: Kramer’s friend who calls Jerry a “phony” behind his back
First appearance: Season 3, Episode 22
Portrayed by: Lee Arenberg

18. 34. Henry Ross (7 episodes)

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Also known as: Susan’s father
First appearance: Season 4, episode 8
Portrayed by: Warren Frost

19. 33. Bob Cobb (2 episodes)

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Also known as: The Maestro
First appearance: Season 7, Episode 3
Portrayed by: Mark Metcalf

20. 32. Bob and Cedric (3 episodes)

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Also known as: The gay couple who dislike Kramer
First appearance: Season 7, Episode 6
Portrayed by: Yul Vazquez (Bob) and John Paragon (Cedric)

21. 31. Kevin (2 episodes)

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Also known as: The Bizarro Jerry
First appearance: Season 8, Episode 2
Portrayed by: Tim DeKay

22. 30. Mr. Lippman (11 episodes)

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Also known as: Elaine’s boss at Pendant Publishing
First appearance: Season 2, Episode 5
Portrayed by: Harris Shore (one episode), Richard Fancy

23. 29. Russell Dalrymple (5 episodes)

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Also known as: The President of NBC during the filming of the Jerry pilot
First appearance: Season 4, episode 4
Portrayed by: Bob Balaban

24. 28. Izzy Mandelbaum (2 episodes)

Also known as: An old resident of Del Boca Vista who loves to work out
First appearance: Season 8, episode 17
Portrayed by: Lloyd Bridges

25. 27. Mr. Kruger (4 episodes)

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Also known as: President of Kruger Industrial Smoothing and George’s last boss
First appearance: Season 9, Episode 7
Portrayed by: Daniel von Bargen

26. 26. Helen Seinfeld (24 episodes)

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Also known as: Jerry’s mother
First appearance: Season 1, episode 3
Portrayed by: Liz Sheridan

27. 25. Donald Sanger (3 episodes including a deleted scene)

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Also known as: The Bubble Boy
First appearance: Season 4, Episode 7
Portrayed by: Jon Hayman

28. 24. Poppie (4 episodes including a deleted scene)

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Also known as: The unsanitary owner of Poppie’s Restaurant, the man who peed on Jerry’s couch
First appearance: Season 5, episode 15
Portrayed by: Reni Santoni

29. 23. Lloyd Braun (3 episodes)

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Also known as: George’s childhood classmate/rival, Mayor Dinkins’ assistant
First appearance: Season 5, episode 6
Portrayed by: Peter Keleghan and Matt McCoy

30. 22. Justin Pitt (8 episodes)

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Also known as: Elaine’s second, very wealthy, very persnickety, boss
First appearance: Season 6, episode 1
Portrayed by: Ian Abercrombie

31. 21. Bob Sacamano and Kramer’s other friends

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First “appearance”: Season 2, Episode 8 (Bob Sacamano’s first mention)

32. 20. Mr. Matt Wilhelm (12 episodes)

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Also known as: George’s direct superior at the Yankees
First appearance: Season 6, Episode 19
Portrayed by: Richard Herd

33. 19. Jack Klompus (6 episodes)

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Also known as: Jerry’s parents’ neighbor, owner of the Space Pen
First appearance: Season 3, Episode 3
Portrayed by: Sandy Baron

34. 18. Art Vandelay, Dr. Martin Van Nostrand and H. E. Pennypacker

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Also known as: George and Kramer’s aliases
Number of appearances (Art Vandelay): 7 (including the real Arthur Vandelay in the finale)
First appearance (Art Vandelay): Season 3, Episode 12

35. 17. Morty Seinfeld (24 episodes)

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Also known as: Jerry’s father
First appearance: Season 1, Episode 3
Portrayed by: Phil Bruns (one episode) and Barney Martin

36. 16. Estelle Costanza (29 episodes)

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Also known as: George’s Mother
First appearance: Season 4, Episode 11
Portrayed by: Estelle Harris

37. 15. Joe Davola (6 episodes)

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Also known as: “Crazy” Joe Davola
First appearance: Season 4, Episode 3
Portrayed by: Peter Crombie

38. 14. Lt. Joe Bookman (2 episodes)

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Also known as: A library cop who takes his job seriously
First appearance: Season 3, episode 5
Portrayed by: Philip Baker Hall

39. 13. Susan Ross (29 episodes)

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Also known as: George’s unfortunate girlfriend/fiancee
First appearance: Season 4, episode 3
Portrayed by: Heidi Swedberg

Poor Susan. Poor, poor Susan.

40. 12. Dr. Tim Whatley (5 episodes)

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Also known as: Kramer and Jerry’s dentist, the re-gifter
First appearance: Season 6, episode 8
Portrayed by: Bryan Cranston

41. 11. Mickey Abbott (7 episodes)

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Also known as: Kramer’s friend and fellow actor
First appearance: Season 5, Episode 16
Portrayed by: Danny Woodburn

42. 10. Yev Kassem (2 episodes)

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Also known as: The Soup Nazi
First appearance: Season 7, Episode 6
Portrayed by: Larry Thomas

43. 9. Jackie Chiles (6 episodes)

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Also known as: Kramer’s lawyer (and defended the gang in the finale)
First appearance: Season 7, Episode 3
Portrayed by: Phil Morris

44. 8. Babu Bhatt (3 episodes)

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Also known as: The owner of the short-lived Dream Cafe
First appearance: Season 3, Episode 7
Portrayed by: Brian George

45. 7. George Steinbrenner (16 episodes)

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Also known as: The owner of the New York Yankees and George’s boss
First appearance: Season 5, Episode 22
Portrayed by: Lee Bear and Mitch Mitchell (body), Larry David (voice)

46. 6. Jacopo “J.” Peterman (22 episodes)

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Also known as: The owner of the J. Peterman Catalog and Elaine’s boss
First appearance: Season 6, Episode 23
Portrayed by: John O’Hurley

47. 5. Kenny Bania (7 episodes)

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Also known as: A co-comedian and Jerry’s short-lived protege
First appearance: Season 6, Episode 7
Portrayed by: Steve Hytner

48. 4. Uncle Leo (15 episodes)

Also known as: Jerry’s uncle
First appearance: Season 2, Episode 2
Portrayed by: Len Lesser

49. 3. Frank Costanza (29 episodes)

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Also known as: George’s father
First appearance: Season 4, Episode 22
Portrayed by: Jerry Stiller and John Randolph (one episode)

50. 2. David Puddy (11 episodes)

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Also known as: Elaine’s on-and-off-and-on-and-off boyfriend
First appearance: Season 6, Episode 21
Portrayed by: Patrick Warburton

Yeah, that’s right.

51. 1. Newman (48 episodes)

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Also known as: Jerry’s rival, Kramer’s friend, Jerry and Kramer’s neighbor, a disgruntled mailman
First appearance: Season 2, Episode 12 (voice only)
Portrayed by: Wayne Knight

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