17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld


Jerry’s eccentric neighbor was based on the real-life ex-neighbor of the show’s co-creator, Larry David. That neighbor is none other than stand-up comedian, Kenny Kramer. And just like Jerry from the show, Larry lived across the hall from Kenny for six years. Like the character, Kenny had an obsession with hot tubs and golf, and he loved to come up with weird invention ideas. But here’s what’s intriguing: Michael Richards, who played the role, chose not to base his performance on the real Kramer and actually refused to meet him.

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