Who can forget the legendary sitcom “Seinfeld“? Ask anyone who the best “Seinfeld” character was and that person is confident to say, Kramer. Jerry’s wild-haired, high-strung next-door neighbor. And we all know the madcap, frenzied comic actor who the audience loved for his unforgettable portrayal of Kramer, Michael Richards.
Michael Richards or Michael Anthony Richards is an American actor, producer, writer and comedian who, during the nine seasons of “Seinfeld” became a recognizable star and won three Emmys. Unfortunately, his post-sitcom career was short-lived, he was unable to land other roles after The Michael Richards Show flopped.
However, Richards returned to national prominence in a somewhat doomed manner in 2006, with his shocking, profanity-laced tirade at a heckler in his audience at The Laugh Factory.
Wondering how Michael’s rocketing career suddenly suffered a crash? Want to know why the most beloved actor’s show received lacklustre ratings? Curious to see if he ever made a comeback? Keep on reading to learn more about Michael Richards, his life before and after “Seinfeld”, how he made headlines again in 2006 and his net worth as of 2020.
Biography & Wiki
|Real Name/Full Name||Michael Richards|
|Age||69 years, Born on 24 July 1949|
|Wife||Cathleen Lyons (m. 1975–1993), Beth Skipp (Present)|
|Children||Sophia Richards, Antonio Baz Richards|
|Net Worth||$60 million|
|Source of Wealth||American actor, writer, television producer and comedian|
Michael Richards was born on 24 July 1949 in Culver city of California, United States. His father William Richards was an electrical engineer while his mother Phyllis was a librarian in medical record house. Michael initially went to “Thousand Oaks High School”, and after graduating from this school, he joined US army in 1970.
After he was discharged from the army, he got admitted to “California Institute of the Arts”, and in 1975, he received a BA degree in drama from the “The Evergreen State College”. For a short-term, he also worked at an Improvisational theatre with the American actor Edward James “Ed” Begley Jr.
Michael Richards Personal Life: Affair, Girlfriend, Married, Wife, Children & Family
Michael’s father died in a car accident when he was just two years old. But his mom never remarried and alone took the responsibility of raising her son. In 1974, Michael married a therapist named Cathleen Lyons. Just after a year, the couple was blessed to have a daughter named Sophia. But in 1992 the couple got separated and eventually in 1993, they got divorced. In 2002, Michael started dating an American actress Beth Skipp, and after eight years in 2010, the couple got married. The couple has also given birth to a child.
The professional TV career of Michael began in 1980 by working in ABC’s weekly comedy show “Fridays”. After working in this show, he worked on various other TV shows like “Miami Vice”, “Cheers”, and “Jay Leno”. In 1989, he played a supporting role in an American comedy film “UHF”.
In the same year, he portrayed as Cosmo Kramer in the NBC’s sitcom “Seinfeld”. In 1992, he played his role in the 1st season’s 2nd episode of the sitcom”The Larry Sanders Show”. After the end of the sitcom series “Seinfeld” in 1998, Michael joined another NBC’s sitcom “The Michael Richards Show” in the year 2000.
In 2007, he voiced the role of Bud Ditchwater In the film “Bee Movie”. In 2013, he played the role of Lester in the short film “Walk the Light”. He has also worked for the American comedy club “Laugh Factory”. In 1993, 1994 and 1997, Michael received three “Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his actions in “Seinfeld”.
Michael Richards Salary, Net Worth & Earning
As of 2020, The total estimated net worth of Michael Richards to date is $60 million. He has accumulated most of the wealth from his acting in various films, TV shows and sitcoms. Apart from this, he also earns through his studio and live comedy shows. He is also paid by companies whose names he endorses in his comedy shows.
Interestingly, back in 1989 when “Seinfeld” aired its first episode and the ensuing 9 years before the show dropped its curtains, Michael Richards was one of the side-kicks. A character with the least number of lines. Even then, the show did not only manage to catapult Michael to world-wide recognition but also brings him considerable revenue even today.
By 2013, almost 15 years after the show ended, the show had managed to rake in a whopping $3.1 billion from repeat telecasts! The creators of the show, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David reportedly got a huge chunk of the revenue, about $400 million each. Michael Richards being a supporting character didn’t get as much but it has been reported that he earns a significant sum from DVD sales. This much worth has given Michael a very luxurious and comfortable life which he enjoys tirelessly.
5 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Michael Richards:
Most people know most thing about Michael Richards. Many would know that he made appearances on the show titled “Fridays”. His diehard fans may remember that he briefly, had his own show on which he played a clumsy private detective. However, there are a few things you may not know about Michael Richards which we are providing here for you to read!
• The “film Man on the Moon” is based on Michael’s argument with his co-actor on the set of ABC’s “Fridays”.
• While performing at the “Laugh Factory”, Michael was charged with using racial words with the audience for which he later made a public apology.
• Michael won the largest number of “Primetime Emmy Award” among all his co-stars of “Seinfeld”.
• His first big work after “Seinfeld” was “The Michael Richards Show“, but the show got cancelled only after few weeks of airing due to poor ratings.
• Michael’s dad died in a car accident when he was just two years old, and his mom never remarried again.
Whether or not Michael Richards ever makes a career comeback, he has left a lasting mark on television with Kramer’s portrayal. However, many people will also remember him by his racial remarks. Richards hopes that one day people will be able to forgive him for it and remember him for the good he brought to the world in the form of laughter.