Larry Charles Biography
Larry Charles is an American writer, director, occasional actor, comedian, and producer. He is known for Seinfeld (1989), Brüno (2009), and The Dictator (2012).
He was a staff writer for the American sitcom Seinfeld for its first five seasons. in the sitcom, he has contributed some of the show’s darkest and most absurd storylines.
Charles attended college at Rutgers University in New Jersey after graduating from John Dewey High School but he left school to perform comedy routines.
Larry Charles Age
He was born on December 1, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Larry is 66 years old as of 2023. He shares his birthday with other famous people such as Andrew Tate, Tyler Joseph, Corinna Kopf, and Natalie Noel among others.
Larry Charles Family
Charles was born to a Jewish family and raised in the housing project Trump Village, which is located between Brighton Beach and Coney Island in Brooklyn.
Larry Charles Wife
Charles is not yet married.
Larry Charles Stand Up
He performed stand-up comedy during the 1970s until he was hired to write for the short-lived sketch comedy show Fridays. There, he worked with Larry David, who would later give him a job as a writer on Seinfeld and also director on Curb Your Enthusiasm. This began his career in television writing that included The Arsenio Hall Show and later Seinfeld.
Larry Charles Seinfeld
Although series co-creator Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wrote the bulk of the show’s episodes during the first five seasons, Larry was their second in command during this period. He had met Seinfeld co-creator Larry David when he was part of the writing staff of the ABC sketch show Fridays, on which David and Michael Richards were also part of the show’s ensemble cast. Larry had been unable to write for the show’s first season, as he had been writing for The Arsenio Hall Show during its production.
Larry is noted for contributing some of the show’s darker storylines and scenes. In the season two episode “The Baby Shower” Larry wrote a dream sequence in which the title character, Jerry Seinfeld, was killed. His episodes also covered such controversial topics as Nazis (in “The Limo”), a psychotic stalker (in “The Opera”) and a hospital patient committing suicide (in “The Bris”).
Larry said he was instrumental in the development of Cosmo Kramer; he also felt that “Jerry and George were so well-defined through Larry David and Jerry, that there was less room for me to, sort of, expand on those personas. But Kramer was very unformed at the beginning of the show and it gave me an area of creativity to, sort of, expand upon. So I spent a lot of time with Kramer because he was a character that I could have an impact on in the future of the show”. It was Larry who imbued in Kramer a distrust of authority (especially in his episodes “The Baby Shower” and “The Heart Attack”). He created the character of Kramer’s notorious unseen friend Bob Sacamano, after his real-life friend of the same name.
Larry Charles Director
Larry’s feature debut was Masked and Anonymous (2003). He directed and co-wrote with Bob Dylan (under the pseudonyms Rene Fontaine and Sergei Petrov, respectively). The film then received a mixed reaction from audiences and critics alike; it also did poorly at the box office. Larry maintains it takes many viewings to get true enjoyment from the film: “I want the movie to be like a great Bob Dylan song that is listened to over and over and for people to [go] back and see it again and get a lot more things or totally different things.”
Larry Charles Borat
Larry’s second feature film as director, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy mockumentary Borat!, was much more successful; it “set new records in terms of profitability; on a budget of 18 million dollars, it grossed in excess of 261 million dollars.” In an interview, he discussed how, because of the nature of the mockumentary process, he had to act as well. Even if none of his performance made it to the screen: “We all, especially me, had to play a character as well. I wasn’t Larry Charles when we were on the road. We all had to be in character, and we had to balance that with our aesthetic and logistical needs to produce the movie properly […] The director also had to act.” The film was then nominated for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes.