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The Definitive Ranking Of Recurring "Seinfeld" Characters

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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:

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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.

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)

6. Jacopo “J.” Peterman (22 episodes)

NBC / Via youtube.com

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

2. David Puddy (11 episodes)

NBC / Via youtube.com

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.

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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