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Is Michael Richards Jewish?
Michael Richards is an actor, writer, and stand-up comic best known for his iconic portrayal of eccentric and often outrageous character Cosmo Kramer on the popular sitcom Seinfeld. Although there is much speculation about Richards’ faith, the answer to whether he is Jewish or not is not entirely clear.
At first glance, there are some clues that suggest Richards might be Jewish. The most obvious is the fact that Seinfeld was created by Jewish comedians, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. Additionally, in the show, Kramer is portrayed as the stereotypically clumsy and goofy Jewish neighbor, a role which Richards brought to life with comedic finesse.
When asked directly about his faith, however, Richards’ has responded that he simply “celebrates life.” In a 2004 interview with Larry King, Richards jokingly dodged the question, instead offering that he is “all things to all people.” This response suggests that he may not consider a particular faith to be of the utmost importance to him per se.
In other interviews, Richards has also said that he was raised in a Protestant household and has celebrated Christmas, which is further evidence that he may not have grown up as a Jew. Furthermore, Richards’ has not been linked to any Jewish charities, organizations, or events, which could indicate that he does not identify with the Jewish faith.
In the end, it is possible that Michael Richards is Jewish, or he may not be. The only individual who knows for sure is Richards himself and until he publicly declares his faith one way or the other, the truth about his religion shall continue to remain veiled in mystery.