Farewell, Big Stein: George Steinbrenner on 'Seinfeld'
George Steinbrenner never actually appeared on "Seinfeld" (at least not in a scene that made it to air), but he was an indelible character on the show nonetheless.
Larry David -- who doesn't really sound much like the real Steinbrenner -- provided his voice, playing up the manic, capricious side of the Boss' personality, the one that hired and fired managers 20 times during his tenure as owner of the New York Yankees. With George ( Jason Alexander) working for the Yankees for several seasons, the show got ample opportunity to poke fun at the man.
One of our favorites, from "The Calzone," is embedded above. George has gotten the Boss hooked on calzones from a nearby pizza joint, and when he's late with a delivery, Steinbrenner tears through the office in search of his daily fix.
Also great: This clip from "The Caddy," in which Steinbrenner thinks George is dead and goes to the Costanzas' house to break the news to Frank and Estelle ( Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris). Frank can only take so much before lighting into him: "Why the hell did you trade Jay Buhner!"
YouTube also has a pretty comprehensive collection of Steinbrenner clips (in two parts, here and here). And Steinbrenner himself didn't seem to be bothered by the way David characterized him; he actually filmed some scenes for the Season 7 finale, "The Invitations," but his scenes -- where he agrees to be Elaine's ( Julia Louis-Dreyfus) date to George's wedding -- were cut. Take a look:
So long, Mr. Steinbrenner. May you have all the calzones you want in the next life.