Jason Alexander is not only an actor but also a speaker, producer, director, comedian, and former magician. Yes, he is indeed a versatile entertainer. Jason gained fame as George Costanza in the hit sitcom Seinfeld from the 90s. He also played the role of the emotionless lawyer Philip Stuckey in the 1990 blockbuster Pretty Woman. This guy is also known to play the title character in the animated sitcom Duckman.
In addition to his immense success on the silver screen, Mr. Jason also enjoys an illustrious stage career. In 1989 he played in the Broadway musical Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, for which he received a Tony Award. He has also served as artistic director in a number of Broadway musicals.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
The American was born Jay Scott Greenspan on 23 September 1959 in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Ruth Minnie and Alexander B. Greenspan. He grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, where he attended Livingston High School and graduated in 1977. For his college education, Jason Alexander enrolled at Boston University but did not graduate.
Jason initially worked in show business as a magician, but later decided to take up acting and comedy. He began his acting career as a stage actor in New York. As a singer and dancer, this entertainer appeared in a number of Broadway musicals, including Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (1989), which earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Like his flourishing stage career, Jason has had a good time on the big and small screens alike. The talented actor was one of the main cast of the critically acclaimed sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998). Alexander’s impeccable portrayal of the character of George Costanza earned him nominations for six Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. In 1994, he won the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series.
Jason appeared alongside Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in the romantic 1990s film Pretty Woman and also lent his voice to the title role in the animated sitcom Duckman (1994-1997). The talented actor also lent his voice to the character of Hugo in the Disney hit animation “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996) and the sequel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame II” (2002), which was released directly on the video.
He made his directorial debut in 1996 in the film For Better or Worse, followed by Just Looking in 1999, and Jason has remained active and consistent over the years both on the big screen and on Broadway. He has also directed his own comedy shows, including Jason Alexander’s Comedy Christmas (2006), Jason Alexander’s Comedy Spectacular (2008 and 2009), The Donny Clay Experience (2010), and others.
Jason Alexander Wife, Sons, and Family
Mr. Alexander was born the son of Jewish parents. His mother Ruth Minnie (née Simon) was a nurse and health care expert, while his father Alexander B. Greenspan worked as an accounting expert. As a teenager, the talented actor coined his stage name “Jason Alexander” from his father’s first name. He has 2 half-siblings, his sister Karen Van Horne and his brother Michael Greenspan.
Jason Alexander is currently married to his wife of almost 4 decades Daena E. Title. The couple made the bond of marriage in the ’80s on May 31st, 1982. Daena Title is a visual artist with a little acting background. She had a small role in the comedy For Better or Worse from 1995, in which her husband was the leading actor and also the director.
Jason Alexander has children with his wife Dena Title 2. The couple welcomed their first son Gabriel “Gabe” Greenspan in August 1991 and in February 1996 they welcomed their second child, a son named Noah Greenspan.
Alexander’s first son Gabe Greenspan followed in the footsteps of his famous father as a comedian, actor, and writer. In 2017 father and son worked together on the digital comedy series Dinner With Dad. Greenspan also co-wrote the comedy series On Hiatus with Monty Geer.
Gabe Greenspan was trained in improvisational comedy and sketch comedy at renowned training centers, including The Groundlings, The Improvisation Theater, and The Clubhouse. He is part of the independent improvisation group “Merlin” and also half of the sketch-comedy duo “The Idiot Chimney”.
Is Jason Gay?
Throughout his long showbiz career, Jason Alexander has been known to be involved in only one relationship – with his wife Daena Title. Due to his nicely laid out relationship history, one can assume that the multi-talented actor is not gay. Furthermore, he has never made any statement that would suggest that he is sexually attracted to his gender.
However, the Seinfeld star came under fire in June 2012 because of an unappetizing joke he had made about people from the LGBT community. Alexander responded to the backlash by withdrawing the statement and apologizing.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Jason Alexander stands at a height of 164 cm (5 feet 5 inches). In fact, his height influenced his career path as an entertainer. While studying at Boston University, he had intended to pursue a career as a classical actor but changed his mind after a professor suggested that his stature was more suited to comedy.
For most of his career, Jason was stereotyped as his round George Costanza’s character in Seinfeld. Unlike his height, which he cannot influence, the actor has caused a profound change in his body weight. Already in 2010, he signed on as a spokesman for the weight management company Jenny Craig. Within 6 months of starting the weight loss program, the once stout man was able to lose 30 pounds and reduce his body weight to 76 kg (168 lb).