17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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George Costanza from Seinfeld


The show’s creators claimed that George was based on the co-creator, Larry David. But some believe that he may have been modeled after Jerry Seinfeld‘s real-life friend, Michael Costanza (aka the short guy who literally has the same name). Michael was so upset about this that he sued NBC and the creators for violating his privacy, but apparently, they were able to convince everyone that Larry was the true inspiration.

In The Real Seinfeld (As Told by the Real Costanza), Michael explained: “George is bald. I am bald. George is stocky. I am stocky. George and I both went to Queens College with Jerry. George’s high-school teacher nicknamed him ‘Can’t stand ya.’ So did mine. George had a thing about bathrooms and parking spaces. So do I.” …So yeah, it looks like Michael was the main inspiration.

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