Michael Richards Net Worth Money & More

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Net Worth $ 45 Million

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Michael Richards is an American actor, comedian, television producer and writer. He is best known for his role as Cosmo Kramer in a popular television sitcom Seinfeld, for which three times he received Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.


Early Life

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He was born in Culver City, California to Phyllis and William Richards. His father was an electrical engineer and his mother was a medical records librarian .His father died when he was just two years old .His mother never recovered back after this tragic loss and never married again. He served in the US army for two years during Vietnam War and was stationed in West Germany as a co- director of V Corps Training Road Show. He received a BA degree in drama from The Evergreen State College .After his graduation he got himself enrolled into California Institute of the Arts .He further continued his studies from Valley College in Los Angeles. Richards is thankful to his teachers who inculcated love for arts in him.


Career & Wealth

michael richards on seinfield

He appeared on Billy Crystal’s first cable TV show in 1979 which was a huge break for him. He was a cast member on ABC’s Fridays TV show.  In 80’s, he appeared in many movies including comedy UHF, Miami Vice and Cheers. Due to his good work, he was offered a role in ABC’s TV Series monk but he turned it down. The show which received so many accolades from around the world and made Michael Richard who he is today was first aired in 1989.The show was created by Larry David and comedian Jerry Seinfeld who were also his fellow cast members of the NBC’s Fridays TV show. Though it started off slowly in 1990 but later it becomes one of the most popular TV series of the television history ending with its ninth season in the year 1998.In 1998 it ranked as # 1 in Nielsen Ratings .He was the neighbor of the show’s eponymous character and  was always referred to by his last name until  his first name was brought out in the sixth season of the super hit show .After the end of Seinfeld ,Richards started working on NBC’s new TV series The Michael Richards Show which was initially conceived as the comedy/mystery series with Richards as the investigator was retooled as the office based sitcom as the first Pilot of the show failed to draw  public .Owing to the poor reviews and ratings below the  expectation the show was cancelled after a few weeks. He also  acted as an eponymous character in second episode of season “The Flirt Episode”, The Larry Sanders Show. And has played a role of an insensitive man in So I Married an Axe Murderer. He played a role of radio station employee named Doug Beech in the movie Airheads. In Miami Vice ,Cheers and Night Court he made guest appearances.Richards  gave voice for a character Bud Ditchwater in the animated film Bee Movie which was produced by Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld played the role of the main character in that movie. In the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm he appeared with other cast members of the TV series Seinfeld. He is playing the role of Frank in Kirstie which was aired first time in 2013.In 2011 the actor’s graph came down.He owes his fortune to smart stock investments,substantial property holdings and gets sizable amount of profit from endorsements  deal with CoverGirl cosmetics .He owns several restaurants (the “Fat Richards Burger” chain) in Washington, a football team(the “Culver City Angels) .He has his own brand of Vodka(Pure Wonderichards-US) and  is also fighting the junior’s market with top selling perfume( ”With Love From Michael) apart from having a fashion line called Michael Richards Seduction”).


Awards & Nominations

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Richards has won Primetime Emmy Awards three times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Seinfeld) in 1993, 1994 and then in 1997.In 1995 and in 1996, he was nominated for Outstanding Supporter Actor in a Comedy Series (Seinfeld) in Primetime Emmy Awards. Three times he has won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Seinfeld) in the year 1995 and then consecutively for two years in 1997 and 1998.In the year 1996, he was nominated for the same award. He was nominated for Outstanding performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (Seinfeld) at the Screen actors Guild Award consecutively for three years 1996,1997 and 1998.In the year 1997,he was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 1996 and 1999, he was nominated for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series (Seinfeld) at The American Comedy Award. In 2005,Richards was nominated for Favorite Nosy Neighbor Award(Seinfeld) at The TV Land Awards.


Personal Life

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Richard married Cathleen Lyons,a family therapist. Their marriage lasted for about eighteen year’s .In 1993, they got separated legally. They have a daughter named Sophie. He announced retirement from stand up comedy in July 2007.He visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia with his fiance for spiritual purpose



michael richards quotes

“The only one who can satisfy human heart is the one who made it”.

“I’m letting go of the thoughts that do not make me strong”.

“It’s strange how parts come along, how life lives us and what we get to do with the abilities that are given to us”.

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