Cosmo Kramer, usually referred to as simply Kramer, is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld, played by Michael Richards. The character is based on comedian Kenny Kramer, Larry Davids ex-neighbor across the hall. Kramer is the friend and neighbor of main character Jerry, residing in Apartment 5B, of the series four central characters, only Kramer has no visible means of support, what few jobs he holds seem to be nothing more than larks. Hes been described as a cross between Eraserhead and Herman Munster. Kramer appeared in all but two episodes, The Chinese Restaurant and The Pen, in the second and third seasons, in The Trip, Kramer admits that a man in a park exposed himself to him when he was a young boy. In The Big Salad Kramer reveals to Jerry that he grew up in a household where he had to be in bed every night by 9. In The Letter, Kramer tells two art patrons that he ran away home at age seventeen and stowed away aboard a steamer bound for Sweden. Unlike George and Jerry, Kramers character does not have a network of family members shown in the sitcom. He also apparently has no children, although he adopted mile 114 of the Arthur Burkhardt Expressway in The Pothole. During an opening discussion, Kramer reveals to Jerry that in 1979 he was struck on the head by an air conditioner while walking on the sidewalk. Jerry asks if that was when Kramer lived in Greenwich Village and this is discussed in the beginning of The Little Kicks. In The Strong Box, it is revealed that Kramer spent a time in the Army. In episode three of one he says he lived in Los Angeles for three months. An art patron described a painting of him in The Letter as a loathsome, offensive brute, hes sometimes shallow, callous and his quirkiness, strange body movements and frequent gibberish mutterings have become his trademark. Kramer is also known to mooch off his friends, especially Jerry, Kramer regularly enters and uses Jerrys apartment without his consent or knowledge, and often helps himself to Jerrys food. Kramer is also known to use tools/appliances of Jerrys, only occasionally with permission, the reason for all this is because Kramer is told Whats mine is yours on his first meeting with Jerry. Instead of being horrified, many end up thanking Kramer for his candor. One explanation as to Kramers personality and traits, with respect to his mysterious childhood, after a series of conflicts, Jerry is forced to live in Kramers apartment and vice versa, which quickly has an effect on both characters
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Michael Richards, who played Cosmo Kramer, in 1993.