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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:

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

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

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

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

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

45. Dolores (2 episodes)

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Also known as: Mulva

First appearance: Season 4, episode 20

Portrayed by: Susan Walters

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

43. Marla Penny (4 episodes)

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Also known as: The Virgin

First appearance: Season 4, episode 10

Portrayed by: Jane Leeves

42. Scott Drake (3 episodes)

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Also known as: The Drake

First appearance: Season 4, episode 22

Portrayed by: Rick Overton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

33. Bob Cobb (2 episodes)

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Also known as: The Maestro

First appearance: Season 7, Episode 3

Portrayed by: Mark Metcalf

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)

31. Kevin (2 episodes)

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Also known as: The Bizarro Jerry

First appearance: Season 8, Episode 2

Portrayed by: Tim DeKay

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

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

28. Izzy Mandelbaum (2 episodes)

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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

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. Helen Seinfeld (24 episodes)

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Also known as: Jerry’s mother

First appearance: Season 1, episode 3

Portrayed by: Liz Sheridan

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

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

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

21. Bob Sacamano and Kramer’s other friends

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First "appearance": Season 2, Episode 8 (Bob Sacamano's first mention)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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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

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

4. Uncle Leo (15 episodes)

Also known as: Jerry's uncle

First appearance: Season 2, Episode 2

Portrayed by: Len Lesser

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)

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.

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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