Estelle Harris, known for her role in ‘Seinfeld,’ has died at 93
By Aya Elamroussi, CNN
Estelle Harris, the actress best known for playing George Costanza’s mother on “Seinfeld,” died Saturday, her agent told CNN. She was 93 years old.
Harris, whose distinctive voice was in demand in a variety of roles, unforgettablely played Estelle Costanza on the ’90s sitcom, often bickering with her on-screen husband Jerry Stiller and her fictional son, Jason Alexander.
“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris passed away today, leaving a hole in my heart too deep to describe,” her son Glen Harris said in a statement provided. by his agent Michael Eisenstadt. “Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were virtually unmatched, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.”
Harris was born in New York and raised in a small mining town in Pennsylvania, the statement said. She married and had three children after returning to New York.
Harris began performing in community theaters before moving to regional theaters and summer productions across the country.
She later found success on Madison Avenue appearing in no less than 25 national television commercials in a single year, earning her the nickname “Queen of Commercials,” the statement said.
Harris has voiced the role of Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise as well as other animated characters, including in “Tarzan II,” “Brother Bear” and “Teacher’s Pet.”
“She always loved meeting and greeting children of all ages wherever she went – and of course making them laugh. Her passion was her job, and her job was her passion,” Eisenstadt’s statement said.
Harris had a string of guest spots on numerous shows, including “Law and Order”, “Night Court”, “Living Single”, “ER” and “Mad About You”.
She is survived by her three children, three grandsons and a great-grandson.
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CNN’s Andy Rose and Tina Burnside contributed to this report.