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George Steinbrenner 'memorable' 'Seinfeld' character, Jerry Seinfeld says

07/13/2010 by Corinne Heller

George Steinbrenner 'memorable' on Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld says New York Yankees baseball team owner George Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, made an impact on the hit 1990s comedy series Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld says, even though his recurring character was portrayed by others and didn't show his face.

Who else could be a memorable character on a television show without actually appearing on the show?" Seinfeld told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "You felt George even though he wasnt there. Thats how huge a force of personality he was."

Steinbrenner appeared in person on the show once but a caricature of Steinbrenner was a recurring character when Jason Alexander's character George Costanza worked for the Yankees.

Larry David, Seinfeld co-creator and current star of the comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm provided the voice of Steinbrenner, while Lee Bear portrayed the character in person, although his face was hidden.

"I met the real George Steinbrenner on only one occasion when he actually came and played himself on an episode of Seinfeld," Alexander told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "He seemed to really enjoy himself. I did not get to know him but the fact that he allowed himself and his beloved team to be satirized on our show is an indication to me of his true character."

"He was certainly a legend and I am pleased to have been associated with him, even if only in fiction," he said. "My sympathies to his family, friends and fans."

Steinbrenner's character, who often refers to himself as "Big Stein", frustrates Costanza regularly by expressing odd ideas, such as threatening to move the Yankees to New Jersey "just to upset people", and demands, such as ordering Costanza get him an eggplant calzone and then canceling a meeting to eat it.

Born in 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio, the real Steinbrenner was the longest tenured owner in Major League Baseball and was known by colleagues and fans as "The Boss." His group purchased the Yankees on Jan. 3, 1973 from CBS for $8.7 million.

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