Curb Your Enthusiasm
“I guess I still feel that I'm a comedian. If I had to pick one thing that I feel like I could do, it would be that. That doesn't mean that I like it, but I feel that's what I am.” Larry David
Following a failed attempt as a stand-up comic in New York and writing and performing stints on ABC's “Friday” and NBC's “Saturday Night Live,” Emmy award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American producer, writer, actor, comedian and film director Larry David first made a name for himself as the co-creator, head writer and executive producer of “Seinfeld,” one of the most popular sitcoms in the history of television. The show brought David his Emmy award (1993), a PGA Award and two Writers Guild of America Awards. Two years after the demise of the show, David made a successful comeback with the HBO massively popular “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000-present), in which he portrays a fictionalized version of himself in addition to serving as creator, writer and executive producer. For his efforts, David picked up two PGA Awards, a Writers Guild of America Award, seven Emmy nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and a SAG nomination. David made his movie directorial debut with 1998's “Sour Grapes,” which he also wrote. He has also acted in such films as “Second Thoughts” (1983), “Radio Days” (1987) and “New York Stories” (1989) and executive produced Barry Levinson's “Envy” (2004).
As for his personal life, David is the father of two girls, Romy and Cazzie, and married to environmental activist Laurie Lennard. Married in 1993, David and his wife are currently separated. He is the close friend of writer Damien Furey.
New York Yankees’ Fan
Childhood and Family:
The younger of two sons, Lawrence Gene David, who would later be famous as Larry David, was born on July 2, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York, to a clothes salesman and a homemaker. He was raised in a happy environment in which he was very close with his relatives and neighbors. When he was 13, he attended a summer camp in Cornwall-on-Hudson in upstate New York, where he met friend and later “Enthusiasm” co-star Richard Lewis.
Larry attended Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park with a B.A. Degree in History (1970) and Business (1971). He started taking acting classless in Manhattan in the early 1970s.
On March 31, 1993, Larry married Laurie Lennard (born on March 22, 1958), an ex-talent coordinator-turned-environmental activist. He welcomed his first daughter, Cazzie David, a year later in 1994. His second daughter, Romy David, was born in 1996. Currently, Larry and his wife are separated.
Larry is a New York Yankees’ fan.
Co-creator of Seinfeld
“When I was living in New York and didn't have a penny to my name, I would walk around the streets and occasionally I would see an alcove or something and I'd think, ‘That'll be good. That’ll be a good spot for me when I'm homeless.’” Larry David
After graduating from college, Larry David took odds jobs such as working as a paralegal, undergarment salesman, limousine driver and cab driver and was sometimes unemployed. He went to Manhattan to study acting in the early 1970s and decided to try his luck at stand-up comedy. It proved to be a hard profession for David and as a result, David only enjoyed moderate success as a stand-up comic.
In 1979, the New York native scored a performing and writing gig on the ABC sketch comedy series “Friday,” from which he had his first taste of fame. Through the show, he also met future collaborators Larry Charles, Melanie Chartoff, Michael Richards and Bruce Mahler. David then joined the NBC comedy show “Saturday Night Live” as a staff writer.
In between his TV jobs, David had small roles in the films “Second Thoughts” (1983) and “Can She Bake a Cherry Pie” (also 1983), which was written and directed by Henry Jaglom. He went on to spend the rest of the 1980s undertaking bit parts in features like “Radio Days” (1987), a Woody Allen comedy starring Mike Starr and Paul Herman, and “New York Stories” (1989).
As the decade came to a close, David's lifelong friend, Jerry Seinfeld, whom he met in 1976 while they both were struggling on the stand-up circuit, was in talks with NBC executives to develop a pilot based on his material for the network. Seinfeld then called on David to join forces on the project. The show, titled “Seinfeld,” starred Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards. The series debuted in 1990 to a positive response after its 1989 pilot episode. It continued to achieve victory throughout the shows' nine seasons. One of the driving creative forces of “Seinfeld,” David wrote some of the series' most standout episodes like “The Parking Garage,” “The Puffy Shirt” and “The Chinese Restaurant” and also became the inspiration for the George Constanza character as well. He also had many small parts in the series. For his significant contribution, David nabbed an Emmy in 1993 for Outstanding Comedy Series, a 1994 Nova Award for Most Promising Producer in Television and two Writers Guild of America awards.
After working for six years, David took a hiatus from “Seinfeld” in 1996 with the hope of launching his filmmaker career. He penned and directed his first motion picture, “Sour Grapes” (1998), starring Steven Weber and Craig Bierko. The comedy was considered a flop at the box office and with critics as well. David returned to “Seinfeld” in 1998 to write the series finale. Thanks to syndication and DVD rights, David and Seinfeld secured an impressive windfall of financial gain when the hit show came to an end in 1998. Reportedly, David received more than $500 million from his work on “Seinfeld.”
Although he was financially secure, David found himself jobless after “Seinfeld.” A writing friend, actor Jeff Garlin, asked him to direct a comedy special for HBO. “Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm” aired in 1999 and earned good reviews, which prompted HBO to offer David his own show. Debuting in 2000, the spin-off comedy series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” also gained massive success and entered its fifth season in 2007. Serving as executive producer, writer and star, David has won such awards as two PGAs for Producer of the Year (2003, 2005) and a Writers Guild of America for Best Comedy Series (2006) and countless nominations, including three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2003, 2004, 2006), four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006), three Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (2003, 2005, 2006) and a SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2006).
In addition to his work on the popular show, David served as executive producer of the Barry Levinson black comedy “Envy” (2004), which starred Ben Stiller and Jack Black. He also lent his writing talents for the TV comedy “Earth to America” (2005) and appeared as himself in episodes of HBO's “Entourage” (2004), Disney Channel's “Hannah Montana” (2007) and the ABC talk-show “The View” (2007).
Writers Guild of America: Comedy Series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 2006
PGA: Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic-Comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 2005
PGA: Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic-Comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 2003
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: AFI Star Award, 1999
Writers Guild of America: Episodic Comedy, “Seinfeld,” 1995
Writers Guild of America: Episodic Comedy, “Seinfeld,” 1994
PGA: Nova Award, Most Promising Producer in Television, “Seinfeld,” 1994
Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series, “Seinfeld,” 1993