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Jerry Seinfeld - Career & Financial Facts

1. Jerry Seinfeld's dad, Kalmen, was a salesman who once sold fake holy water. Page 1 Source

2. When Jerry was a kid mobster Carl Gambino moved into the neighborhood and took a liking to Jerry. He would give him a silver dollar every time he saw Jerry, and while trick or treating Jerry would receive a handful of silver dollars from the Gambinos. Page 33 Source

3. Jerry Seinfeld paid $19 to have his first car repainted.

4. Jerry's grades were good enough for him to secure a scholarship that covered his first year tuition of $650 at college. Page 61 Source

Jerry Seinfeld had several part time jobs including: selling light bulbs over the phone, working as a waiter in a luncheonette, sweeping floors in a film editing studio, and selling costume jewelry from a cart outside of Bloomingdales. Page 18 Source

6. In the late 1970s Seinfeld was sometimes paid $30-$50 to give a performance, but sometimes we was paid nothing. Page 18 Source

7. While getting starting Jerry Seinfeld saved money by living on club hamburgers, wearing club t-shirts, and giving up wearing socks and belts. Page 17  Source

8. At one point in Los Angeles Seinfeld was down to his last $20 when he was discovered by a casting agent during a performance. Page 22  Source

9. In 1977 Jerry kept an emergency fund of cash in a jar he kept on the mantle of the fireplace in his apartment.

10. In the fall of 1982 Jerry Seinfeld was 28 years old and his one night performance at Carnegie Hall earned him $25,000.00.

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