Seinfeld reruns have been playing for well over a decade now, and yet, the viewers who continually share their favorite quotes from The Puffy Shirt and The Soup Nazi know next to nothing about the actual production of the show. The following are just a few of Seinfeld’s best-kept secrets:
1) Frank Costanza and Morty Seinfeld were originally played by different actors
Frank Costanza eventually became one of the show’s most popular character, thanks, in part, to Jerry Stiller, the comedy veteran (and father of Ben Stiller) who was cast in the role after actor John Randolph played the part for only one episode. At the request of producer Larry David, Frank Costanza’s original scenes in that episode (The Handicapped Spot) re-shot with Jerry Stiller in the role. This allowed the episode to have the “real” Frank Costanza when it aired in syndication. The decision to put Stiller in the role certainly paid off, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing pool in his underwear or wrestling George during the annual Festivus Feats of Strength.
In the case of Jerry’s dad, Barney Martin was cast to play Morty Seinfeld after producers decided the original actor, Phil Bruns, was too laid back for the role. Phil Bruns was only present for the episode known as The Stake Out before he was replaced. By the time Martin made his first appearance as Morty in The Pony Remark, it was too late to re-shoot Bruns’ scenes using Martin, since all the other actors had noticeably aged.