34 People You Probably Didn’t Know Were On Seinfeld

Not only the greatest sitcom ever, Seinfeld helped launch the career of many actors you love today.

1. Teri Hatcher

When did she first appear: The Implant (1993)
Who did she play: Sidra, Jerry’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Desperate Housewives
Memorable Moment: “By the way, they’re real, and they’re spectacular.”

2. Bryan Cranston

When did he first appear: The Mom & Pop Store (1994)
Who did he play: Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry’s dentist
Where you recognize him from: Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle
Memorable Moment: Converting to Judaism for the jokes.

3. Megan Mullally

When did she first appear: The Implant (1993)
Who did she play: Betsy, George’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Will & Grace, Parks and Recreation
Memorable Moment: George accompanied her to her Detroit for her Aunt’s wake to be the “good” boyfriend just to accumulate frequent flyer miles.

4. Michael Chiklis

When did he first appear: The Stranded (1991)
Who did he play: Steve, a friend of a friend from Long Island
Where you recognize him from: The Shield, Fantastic Four
Memorable Moment: Not wanting to pay the hooker at Jerry’s apartment

5. Jon Favreau

When did he first appear: The Fire (1994)
Who did he play: Eric the Clown
Where you recognize him from: Swingers, Iron Man (director)
Memorable Moment: George argues with him because he doesn’t know who Bozo the clown is

6. Catherine Keener

When did she first appear: The Letter (1992)
Who did she play: Nina, Jerry’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: The 40 Year Old Virgin
Memorable Moment: Painting the now famous picture of Kramer

7. Sam Lloyd

When did he first appear: The Cigar Store Indian (1993)
Who did he play: Ricky
Where you recognize him from: Scrubs
Memorable Moment: Cutting up Frank Costanza’s TV guide into a bouquet for Elaine

8. Christine Taylor

When did she first appear: The Van Buren Boys (1997)
Who did she play: Ellen, Jerry’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Hey Dude, Zoolander. She is also Ben Stiller’s wife
Memorable Moment: Being Jerry’s loser girlfriend

9. Courtney Cox

When did her first appear: The Wife (1994)
Who did her play: Meryl, Jerry’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Friends, Scream, Cougartown
Memorable Moment: Being in a fake marriage to Jerry just to get a discount on dry cleaning

10. Jon Gries

When did he first appear: The Beard (1995)
Who did he play: Homeless Man
Where you recognize him from: Napoleon Dynamite, Lost
Memorable Moment: Kramer gives him his Chinese food leftovers.

11. Amanda Peet

When did she first appear: The Summer of George (1997)
Who did she play: Linette, Jerry’s date to the Tonys
Where you recognize her from: Saving Silverman, Something’s Gotta Give
Memorable Moment: She lives with a “dude”

12. Denise Richards

When did she first appear: The Shoes (1993)
Who did she play: Molly Dalrymple, Russell Dalrymple’s (Chairman of NBC) daughter
Where you recognize her from: Wild Things, Starship Troopers, she is also Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife
Memorable Moment: George spends too much time staring at her cleavage

13. Lauren Graham

When did she first appear: The Millenium (1997)
Who did she play: Valerie, Jerry’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Gilmore Girls
Memorable Moment: Ranking the people of importance to her via the speed dial on her home phone, and breaking up with Jerry when he gets excited of his ranking ahead of poison control

14. Debra Messing

When did she first appear: The Yada Yada (1997)
Who did she play: Beth, a friend of Jerry and Elaine who is trying to adopt a baby with her husband Arnie
Where you recognize her from: Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, Smash
Memorable Moment: Her antisemitic remark at the very end of the episode

15. Marcia Cross

When did she first appear: The Slicer (1997)
Who did she play: Dr. Sara Siterides, Jerry’s Dermatologist girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Desperate Housewives
Memorable Moment: Being referred to as “Pimplepopper M.D.” by Jerry

16. Brad Garrett

When did he first appear: The Bottle Deposit (1997)
Who did he play: Tony, Jerry’s mechanic
Where you recognize him from: Everybody Loves Raymond
Memorable Moment: Screeching off with Jerry’s car and throwing JFK’s golfclubs out the back of it

17. Jane Leeves

When did she first appear: The Virgin (1992)
Who did she play: Marla, Jerry’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Frasier, Hot In Cleveland
Memorable Moment: Being disgusted after finding out about the gangs “contest” where she ends up losing her virginity to JFK Jr.

18. Daniel Dae Kim

When did he first appear: The Burning (1998)
Who did he play: Student #1
Where you recognize him from: Lost
Memorable Moment: Guessing Kramer’s gonorrhea

Edit: Tweeters have pointed out that Comedian Brian Posehn is in this picture, so make it 35!

19. Mariska Hargitay

When did she first appear: The Pilot (1993)
Who did she play: Melissa, An actress playing Elaine on Jerry’s TV show
Where you recognize him from: Law & Order: SVU
Memorable Moment: Her infatuation with Jerry

20. James Spader

When did he first appear: The Apology (1997)
Who did he play: Jason Hanky, a childhood friend of George and Jerry
Where you recognize him from: The Practice, Boston Legal
Memorable Moment: “I’m not saying anything to you. I’m not sorry. I was never sorry. It was cashmere. I hate Step Nine! Where’s that Rum Raisin? Where is it? Can’t find anything. I need a drink. Ah, daquiri ice. Here we go. What are you looking at? Get out! Come on, can’t you see we’re closed?! Get out!” - On George wanting an apology for embarrassing him at a party.

21. Peter Krause

When did he first appear: The Limo (1992)
Who did he play: Tim, a white supremacist
Where you recognize him from: Six Feet Under
Memorable Moment: Pulling a gun on the gang inside the limousine

22. Lisa Edelstein

When did she first appear: The Masseuse (1993)
Who did she play: Karen, George’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: House
Memorable Moment: Being neglected by George because of his infatuation with Jerry’s girlfriend and her hatred towards him

23. French Stewart

When did he first appear: The Opposite (1994)
Who did he play: Manager at the movie theater
Where you recognize him from: 3rd Rock from the Sun
Memorable Moment: Delivering Elaine a message that her boyfriend had been in an accident, prompting her to buy some Jujyfruits

24. Kathy Griffin

When did he first appear: The Doll (1996)
Who did he play: Sally Weaver, Susan Ross’s old roommate
Where you recognize him from: My Life on the D-List, Kathy
Memorable Moment: Her one-woman show entitled “Jerry Seinfeld, the devil”

25. Jeremy Piven

When did he first appear: The Pilot (1993)
Who did he play: Michael Barth, an actor trying to land the part of George
Where you recognize him from: Entourage
Memorable Moment: Nailing the part of George

26. Scott Patterson

When did he first appear: The Sponge (1995)
Who did he play: Billy, Elaines boyfriend
Where you recognize him from: Gilmore Girls
Memorable Moment: Being willing to shave his sideburns to sleep with Elaine

27. David James Elliott

When did he first appear: The Couch (1994)
Who did he play: Carl, a mover
Where you recognize him from: Jag, GCB
Memorable Moment: Elaine breaking up with him because he is pro-life

28. Thomas Dekker

When did he first appear: The Stand-in (1994)
Who did he play: Bobby, a sick boy
Where you recognize him from: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Heroes
Memorable Moment: Not giving Kramer back George Steinbrenner’s birthday card since Paul O’neil didn’t hit two homers.

29. Brenda Strong

When did she first appear: The Caddy (1996)
Who did she play: Sue Ellen Mischke, Elaine’s nemesis
Where you recognize her from Desperate Housewives, Dallas
Memorable Moment: Never wearing a bra, ever.

30. Brian Doyle-Murray

When did he first appear: The Bubble Boy (1992)
Who did he play: Mel Sanger, the father of the bubble boys
Where you recognize him from: Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, The Middle
Memorable Moment: Just being a bubble boy dad

31. Suzanne Cryer

When did he first appear: The Yada Yada (1997)
Who did he play: Marcy, George’s girlfriend
Where you recognize him from: Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, also many misc roles on other shows
Memorable Moment: Coining the term “Yada Yada”

32. Jennifer Coolidge

When did she first appear: The Masseuse (1993)
Who did she play: Jodi, Jerry’s girlfriend
Where you recognize her from: Stifler’s mom on American Pie
Memorable Moment: “I will not submit to forceable massage” - on Jerry trying to get her to give him a massage

33. Katherine LaNasa

When did she first appear: The Beard (1995)
Who did she play: Sgt. Cathy Tierny, a police officer that Jerry dates
Where you recognize her from: Two and a Half Men, Big Love, Judging Amy
Memorable Moment: Exposing Jerry’s love of Melrose Place via a lie detector test

34. Molly Shannon

When did she first appear: The Summer of George (1997)
Who did she play: Sam, Elaine’s co-worker
Where you recognize her from: SNL, Superstar, many other roles
Memorable Moment: Trashing Elaine’s office because she catches her mocking the fact that she doesn’t move her arms when she walks

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