Jason Alexander Actor/Director/Poker Player
The Multi-Talented Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander the Professional Poker Player
Jason Alexander loves the magic of Poker, especially Texas Hold 'Em Poker. He has become an avid poker player and generously donates thousands of dollars to his favorite charitable organizations.
On March 29, 2015 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, Jason Alexander is chairing a Poker Tournament to benefit weSpark Cancer Support Center. Registration and Poker instruction is at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. The cash prize pool is $7,500 for the top two finishers.
For more information, go to http://www.wespark.org/event/jason-alexander-texas-hold-em-poker-tournament/.
Jason as a Young Boy
"As a young boy, I dreamed of becoming a magician," Jason Alexander told me last Friday during a telephone interview.
I learned that from the age of 6 to 13 years old, Alexander practiced his craft daily and started to perform magic shows for family and friends.
When his family moved to Livingston, New Jersey, the shy Jason was welcomed by the theater kids at school. "They were friendly, supportive and quick to include me in the group." Jason said. He loved being part of the theater community. To Jason, the theater was like a big magic show. "Nothing is real in theater, it was the best magic trick. I didn't have to saw an assistant in half or pull any rabbits out of a hat," he told me.
From then on, he was a thespian throughout high school and college. He enrolled at BU (Boston University) and completed three years before getting a call to perform on Broadway.
Jason Alexander has been a professional actor, writer, comedian, producer and director ever since. He is best known as George Costanza in the mega-successful television show Seinfeld.
Jason Alexander Directs Broadway Bound
Directing Broadway Bound
Jason Alexander starred in Neil Simon's hilarious and heartwarming autobiographical play, Broadway Bound in 1986.
He re-read the script in 2014 as the director of Broadway Bound at the Odyssey Theater. It opened August 2 and ran through September 21, 2014.
This opportunity came about when he went to see his dear friend, Gina Hecht perform in the 2013 La Mirada Theater production of Broadway Bound. Hecht asked Alexander for advice after her performance. She wanted to know what he thought of the show and what needed improvement.
He shared with her his experience about performing in Broadway Bound on Broadway. "The show has a very special place in my heart," shared Alexander.
Hecht asked Alexander that if she and some other cast members were able to get the show produced, would Alexander direct the show for them? He replied "If the timing is right, yes, he would take a crack at it."
Hecht immediately talked to her other cast members at the La Mirada show including the legendary actor/professor/director Allan Miller and Ian Alda.
Miller had Ron Sossi, artistic director at the Odyssey Theater come see the La Mirada production. When they got the "green light", Miller, Hecht and Alda agreed to star in the show with Alexander directing the production. On August 2, the show opened to an enthusiastic Los Angeles audience.
Miller told me the La Mirada audience was an exuberant crowd. "They cheered out loud and clapped loudly," Miller told me in a recent interview. He hopes the Los Angeles crowd welcomes the show with as much gusto.
Broadway Bound was a Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Jason and Allan Miller
Jason Alexander the Director
This is not the first time Jason has directed a show. He had the opportunity to direct three Seinfeld episodes. He also has directed the successful television shows Mike & Molly and Everybody Hates Chris.
Jason told me he really enjoys the challenges and rewards of directing. He is eager to continue directing more projects.
Jason Alexander's Acting Careet
In Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Insensitive Lawyer - Philip Stuckey
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
From 1989 - 1998