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Jason Alexander (born 23 September 1959; age 62) is a television, film, and stage actor who appeared as Kurros in the Star Trek: Voyager fifth season episode "Think Tank". His costume was later sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay and the trousers were later worn by background actor Patrick Barnitt. [1] Alexander filmed his scenes for this episode on Thursday 7 January 1999 and between Monday 11 January 1999 and Friday 15 January 1999 on Paramount Stage 8 and 9.

Alexander is best known for his Emmy Award and Golden Globe-nominated role as George Costanza on the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. He played the role throughout all nine seasons of the show, from 1990 through 1998. Numerous Star Trek performers – including, in recurring roles, fellow Voyager guest star Estelle Harris as his overbearing mother, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Voyager guest star Richard Herd as his boss with the New York Yankees, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest star Heidi Swedberg as his ill-fated fiancee – appeared on the show during its run, and Harris, Teri Hatcher, Brian George and Phil Morris all reprised earlier roles on the series finale.

Life and career

Born Jay Scott Greenspan in Newark, New Jersey, Alexander attended that state's Livingston High School before departing before his senior year. It was while attending Livingston that he adopted Jason Alexander as his stage name. He then attended Boston University, but dropped out prior to his senior year after finding work in New York City. The university later awarded him with an honorary degree.

Soon after beginning his acting career on New York stage, Alexander made his feature film debut in the 1981 horror movie The Burning. He then acquired his first steady television work when he joined the cast of the short-lived medical sitcom E/R, from 1984 through 1985. He briefly became the star of his own series, Everything's Relative, in 1987. He made infrequent appearances in film and on television throughout the 1980s, while at the same time continuing his career on the Broadway stage, including the lead role in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, which garnered Alexander the 1989 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

Alexander played the rotten Philip Stuckey in the hit 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman. While Seinfeld was on the airwaves, Alexander had roles in such films as Jacob's Ladder (1990), Coneheads (1993, with Michael McKean, Barry Kivel, Susan Lewis, Cameron, and Arvo Katajisto), Ron Howard's The Paper (1994, co-starring Clint Howard), North (1994, featuring Keone Young, Rosalind Chao, and Robert Costanzo), and The Last Supper (1995, with Ron Perlman). He then starred in the 1996 family comedy Dunston Checks In (featuring Frank Kopyc and Paula Malcomson) and made his feature directorial debut with the film For Better or Worse, also released in 1996, in which Alexander also starred along with Robert Costanzo. And, in 1997, he starred with John Glover in Love! Valour! Compassion!, based on the Terrence McNally play.

Besides Seinfeld, Alexander was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his guest appearance in a 1993 episode of the HBO series Dream On. This episode, entitled "Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape", also guest-starred Iman and Michael McKean.

Alexander was heard as the voice of Hugo the gargoyle in Disney's 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a role he reprised in the 2002 direct-to-video sequel and the cartoon series House of Mouse. Tony Jay, David Ogden Stiers, and Frank Welker also voiced characters in the first film. Alexander had previously voiced bungling thief Abis Mal in Disney's direct-to-video release of The Return of Jafar and, subsequently, on the Aladdin television series. Additionally, from 1994 through 1997, Alexander voiced the title role in the Emmy nominated series Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man. He more recently supplied the voice of the evil Catbert in the short-lived, comic-strip based animated series Dilbert.

In 2000 he appeared as Commander Jeffrey Pommerance in Jonathan Frakes' Star Trek spoof Star Patrol!. On this project he worked with Michael Bailous, Mel Johnson, Jr., Tom Miller, Robin Morselli, Brian Demonbreun, Charles Rocket, and Kathi Cook.

Alexander's recent film credits include The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000, co-starring Max Grodénchik, Norman Lloyd, Steve Rankin, and Whoopi Goldberg) and Shallow Hal (2001, with Bruce McGill). He also made appearances on such television shows as Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, and Monk (with Stanley Kamel) and starred in the short-lived sitcoms Bob Patterson and Listen Up.

An admittedly avid Star Trek fan since childhood, Alexander is such an expert on Star Trek: The Original Series that he passed a Star Trek knowledge test on the Howard Stern program. Alexander portrayed a parody of Captain James T. Kirk in a television special entitled Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments. He went on to act with the man who originated the role of Kirk, William Shatner, in an episode of Bob Patterson (on which Alexander starred in the title role). He also hosted The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner with Andy Dick, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei on the dais to join in the roast, Clint Howard portraying an adult version of Balok and Jeri Ryan in the audience, and both have appeared in the Brad Paisley music videos "Celebrity" and "Online".

Alexander again worked with Shatner on the computer-animated film Quantum Quest, in which he and Shatner have voice-over roles. Also lending their voices to this project are fellow Star Trek alumni Robert Picardo, Chris Pine, and Brent Spiner. [2]

Alexander was briefly interviewed regarding his "Star Trek memories" by Star Trek: The Magazine, in which he identified the first episode he remembered watching as "Who Mourns for Adonais?", and the character he most identified with being Captain Kirk. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 8, p. 112)

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