Lawrence Gene David is an American comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer. He and Jerry Seinfeld created the television series Seinfeld, of which David was the head writer and executive producer for the first seven seasons.
Larry was born in Brooklyn on July 2, 1947 to Rose and Mortimer "Monty" David. He has an older brother named Ken. His family is Jewish. Larry attended Sheepshead Bay High School then the University of Maryland. While in college, he was a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. In college, he realzed he made people laugh just by being himself. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history. After college, David enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and held various odd jobs including working as a store clerk and a limo driver, while also practicing his stand-up at night. From 1980 to 1982 he was a writer and cast member on the ABC sketch show "Fridays." He was then a writer for "Saturday Night Live" from 1984 to 1985. He famously only got one of his sketches on the air while at "SNL," which aired at 12:50 AM, the last time slot on the show. He worked with future "Seinfeld" stars Michael Richards on "Fridays" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "SNL."
Creation of Seinfeld
In 1989 Larry teamed up with Jerry Seinfeld to create a pilot for NBC which was originally titled "The Seinfeld Chronicles." The name was eventually shortened to "Seinfeld." Larry was the co-creator and executive producer of "Seinfeld." The show was on the air from 1989 to 1998 with 180 episodes. Larry wrote 62 episodes of "Seinfeld," including the iconic episode "The Contest." David's work on the show won him two Primetime Emmy Awards in 1993, for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series for "The Contest." Seinfeld is one of the most successful shows in television history, reaching the top of "TV Guide's" list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time. "Entertainment Weekly" ranked it the third-best TV show of all time.
Creation of Curb Your Enthusiasm
David gained further recognition for the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which he created and starred in as a semi-fictionalized version of himself. David wrote or co-wrote every episode of the series since its pilot episode in 1999. The show has been nominated for 30 Primetime Emmy Awards. It has won one Emmy and one Golden Globe Award. On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, the series premiered on the "TV Guide Network", making its network television debut. The show's 10th season premiered in 2020.
Larry David "Seinfeld" Syndication Earnings
As you might assume, Larry earned the vast majority of his net worth thanks to his association with the massively successful "Seinfeld." From the outset of the show, Larry and Jerry each owned 7.5% of the show's backend equity points. At the peak of the show's success in the mid-1990s, the duo negotiated a deal with NBC that boosted their points to 15% apiece. Part of that boost also came from Larry and Jerry buying out an equity owner who was looking to cash out. The show was first syndicated in 1998. That first deal generated $1.7 billion in revenue, giving Larry and Jerry each a $250 million windfall. In an average year, he makes $40-50 million between syndication, DVD sales, merchandise, and other platform royalties. In some years that number can be much higher. In 2015 Larry earned a total of $80 million after Hulu paid $180 million to acquire Seinfeld's streaming rights, giving both Larry and Jerry an extra $30 million. In the last two decades, Seinfeld has generated well over $4 billion in syndication revenue, roughly $17 million per episode. As of this writing, Jerry and Larry have both earned at least $800 million from "Seinfeld" between salary, DVD, merchandise, and syndication deals.
On March 31, 1993, David married Laurie Lennard. They have two daughters, Cazzie Laurel (born May 10, 1994) and Romy March (born March 2, 1996). Laurie David filed for divorce on July 13, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking joint custody of the couple's two daughters.
In the summer of 2017, PBS's "Finding Your Roots" discovered through genealogical research that David and Bernie Sanders are distantly related. The comedian explained that Sanders is "a third cousin or something." This was quite a coincidence considering that Since 2015, David made multiple guest appearances portraying Bernie Sanders on "Saturday Night Live."
David is an atheist and has said that religion should be ridiculed.
Larry David is an American comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer who has a net worth of $400 million. He is best known as the creator of "Seinfeld" alongside friend Jerry Seinfeld as well as the creator and star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."