Lawrence Gene David is a comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer from the United States. David was the chief writer and executive producer for the first seven seasons of the television sitcom Seinfeld, which he co-created with Jerry Seinfeld. He achieved much more fame as the creator and actor of the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which he plays a semi-fictionalized version of himself. Since the pilot episode in 1999, he has authored or co-wrote every episode’s story. David won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Seinfeld in 1993, for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series.
He began his career as a stand-up comic, writing and acting in ABC’s Fridays and temporarily writing for Saturday Night Live. He has received 27 Primetime Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. In a 2004 British poll, fellow comedians and comedy experts rated him the 23rd greatest comedy star of all time, and the Writers Guild of America awarded him the Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement in 2010. He has been a regular guest on Saturday Night Live since 2015, impersonating 2016 and 2020 US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
As of 2015, David’s net worth is believed to be between $400 and $900 million dollars. As of 2022, the National Review estimated his net worth to be over $400 million.
Family and Life
Lawrence Gene David was born on July 2, 1947, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City’s Sheepshead Bay neighbourhood. His parents are a men’s clothes maker, Rose and Mortimer Julius “Morty” David, and he has an older brother named Ken. David comes from a Jewish household. During the 19th century, his father’s family immigrated from Germany to the United States, while David’s mother was born into a Jewish family in Ternopil, Ukraine. His German-Jewish great-grandfather fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and owned two enslaved children from Mobile, Alabama.
David attended Sheepshead Bay High School and graduated in 1965. Sheepshead Bay High School has a sign with his photo in one of the hallways (now Origins High School). He then went to the University of Maryland, College Park, as a Tau Epsilon Phi brother. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1970. It was while at college that David started developing his unique perspective and discovered that he could make people laugh simply by being himself. After college, David enlisted in the United States Army Reserve for five years.
In 1989, David teamed together with comedian Jerry Seinfeld to produce The Seinfeld Chronicles, a pilot for NBC that went on to become the basis for Seinfeld, one of the most successful sitcoms in history, topping TV Guide’s list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time. It was named the third-best TV show of all time by Entertainment Weekly. David made uncredited cameos on the programme in characters such as Frank Costanza’s cape-wearing lawyer and George Steinbrenner’s voice. He was also the model for George Costanza, the main character on the programme. David left Seinfeld on good terms after the seventh season, but returned two years later to write the series finale. He also continued to provide the Steinbrenner character’s voice. David wrote 62 episodes of Seinfeld, including “The Contest” in 1992, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and which TV Guide listed as the “Top 100 Episodes of All Time.” David made an estimated $250 million from Seinfeld’s syndication alone in 1998. This amount has been steadily dropping each year, although payments will continue until the original syndication deal’s full $1.7 billion is paid. Seinfeld syndication, DVD sales, and Curb Your Enthusiasm earned David $55 million in 2008. For Seinfeld, he received 19 Emmy nominations, winning twice — once for best comedy and once for writing.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
On October 17, 1999, HBO cable television channel aired David’s one-hour special, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm. Curb Your Enthusiasm, an HBO television series that premiered on October 15, 2000, was the next show to screen. The episode revisits many of the topics from Seinfeld and is improvised from a short story outline written by David (as of the 5th season, additional writers were hired). The players create their own dialogue based on the story framework, direction, and their own imagination. David has stated that his fictitious version of himself on the show is what he would be like if he lacked social understanding and sensitivity in real life.
The character’s numerous and recurrent social faux pas, misunderstandings, and ironic coincidences are at the heart of much of the show’s comedy, leading to the coining of the phrase “Larry David moment,” which refers to an inadvertently produced socially awkward scenario. The events in David’s life following his fortune from the Seinfeld series form the backbone of the show; David, semi-retired, seeks to live a fulfilled existence. David’s wife Cheryl (Cheryl Hines), his manager and best friend Jeff (Jeff Garlin), and Jeff’s wife Susie are all present. On a regular basis, celebrities such as comedians Richard Lewis, Wanda Sykes, and Bob Einstein appeared on the show. Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have appeared in multiple episodes as themselves.
Family and Life
David is a resident of Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades neighbourhood. From 1993 through 2007, David was married to Laurie Lennard. Cazzie David and Romy David are their two daughters. In May 2005, Laurie and Larry joined The Huffington Post as contributing bloggers. At a birthday party for Sacha Baron Cohen in 2017, David met producer Ashley Underwood. In the year 2020, they married. David believes in the Democratic Party. David authored an article for The New York Times in 2010 denouncing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest being extended. He closed the piece with a sarcastic thank you to then-President Barack Obama for authorising the renewal of the tax cuts. David was raised as a Jew but now considers himself an atheist.