Hiram Kasten, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Saved by the Bell’ actor and comic, useless at 71


Hiram Kasten, the New York comic who gained recognition on sitcoms together with “Seinfeld,” has died. He was 71.

Kasten died Sunday within the arms of his spouse, Diana Kisiel Kastenbaum, of their New York house “solely hours after their thirty eighth wedding ceremony anniversary,” following a battle with prostate most cancers and Crohn’s illness, in accordance with an obituary printed by the Batavian.

Kasten, born Hiram Z. Kastenbaum on Oct. 30, 1952, was greatest recognized for his supporting position as Michael, Elaine Benes’ co-worker on “Seinfeld.” The comic met Jerry Seinfeld whereas doing stand-up on the Comedian Strip Stay in New York Metropolis, the place Seinfeld labored because the emcee. The comedians struck up “a friendship that has lasted for 45 years,” the obituary acknowledged.

Kasten’s prolific run within the New York comedy scene included appearances at such golf equipment because the Improv, the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s and Dangerfield’s.

Kasten additionally appeared on a number of different TV exhibits, together with “Mad About You,” “Everyone Loves Raymond,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Saved by the Bell” and “The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air.”

Kasten retired from the leisure trade in 2017 as his well being started to say no, however solely revealed the severity of his prognosis to mates solely within the final six months. His “nice comedy and creative neighborhood rallied to his facet,” his obituary states, and as “some made journeys to Batavia to go to him, late night time Zoom conferences with mates on each coasts ensued and went into the wee hours of the morning.”

“It extended his life for at the least one other two months to have the ability to snigger along with his friends,” Kastenbaum mentioned.

He’s survived by his spouse and daughter, Millicent Jade.


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