Michael Richards (July 24, 1949) is an American actor, writer, comedian and television producer best known for his role as the eccentric Cosmo Kramer in the NBC sitcom Seinfeld (1989 - 1998). He would later become notorious in late 2006 after a cell phone video leaked of Richards exploding into a racist tirade against noise from a group of late arriving audience members during his performance at the Laugh Factory comedy club. He appears in the episode "Seinfeld's Last Stand" as a guest with his co-stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander where they beat Jerry Seinfeld to death due to his poor performance in his battle with Tim Allen