Uncle Leo

Uncle Leo is a fictional character portrayed by Len Lesser in the American sitcom Seinfeld. Leo is the character Jerry Seinfeld's uncle. Uncle Leo made his debut in the second-season episode "The Pony Remark" and appeared in at least one episode in each of the additional seasons through the show's nine-season run.

On the 25th anniversary of the show's debut, Rolling Stone ranked Uncle Leo as No. 6 on its list of "100 Best Seinfeld Characters," behind only Newman at No. 5 and the four main characters: Jerry, Kramer, Elaine and George.[1]

Uncle Leo
Uncle Leo - eyebrows
Uncle Leo after his eyebrows have been singed off in "The Package"
First appearanceThe Pony Remark (1991)
Last appearanceThe Finale Part II (1998)
Created byJerry Seinfeld and Larry David.
Portrayed byLen Lesser
FamilyHelen Seinfeld (sister)
Nana (mother)
Father (deceased)
SpouseStella (separated/widowed)
Significant otherLydia
ChildrenJeffrey (son)
RelativesJerry Seinfeld (nephew)
Unnamed niece


Uncle Leo is the brother of Jerry's mother, Helen; his last name is never revealed. In an episode where Leo signs for a package addressed to Jerry, he actually signs it "Uncle Leo". In "The Bookstore", Jerry mentions "Leo" to Kramer. Kramer is initially confused, but upon remembering, he says, "Oh, yeah. Right. Uncle Leo. Forgot his first name."

Uncle Leo is very eccentric and a "general kvetch."[1] When coming across Jerry, he always exclaims his catchphrase, "Jerry! Hello!" with his arms wide open.[2] When Jerry has a Cape Fear-esque nightmare about him in "The Bookstore," Leo has the word "Jerry" tattooed on the fingers of his right hand and "Hello" on the fingers of his left.[3]

When talking to people, Uncle Leo has a tendency to grab the person's arm (often uncomfortably) and hold them close.[4] In "The Pony Remark," Jerry guesses that he does this "because so many people have left in the middle of his conversation."

Uncle Leo often brags about his son (Jerry's cousin Jeffrey, who never appears on the show) and his various accomplishments while working in the Parks Department. Leo is very sensitive about greetings; when Jerry once avoided stopping to talk to his uncle on the street (because Jerry was on his way to a meeting), Leo was offended and called Jerry's mother in Florida to complain about the snub.

Leo is retired. His wife, Stella, is seen in the third-season episode "The Pen," but by the seventh season he is either widowed or divorced. In "The Shower Head", he is living with a woman named Lydia. He breaks up with her because Jerry joked on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno about Leo's paranoid obsession with anti-semitism in ridiculous contexts, such as claiming that a cook is anti-semitic for overcooking his hamburger. Lydia found Jerry's comments funny, so Uncle Leo accused her of being an anti-semite as well. He resumes the relationship later on in the episode, although neither Stella nor Lydia are mentioned in subsequent episodes.

In "The Bookstore," Jerry catches Uncle Leo in the act of shoplifting at a local bookstore, thereafter confronting him about it. Leo maintains that seniors have the upper hand since they can claim senility ("Come on! I'm an old man. I'm confused! I thought I paid for it. What’s my name? Will you take me home?”); he also reminds Jerry to always greet him "Hello" no matter how awkward the situation.[3] Jerry later unintentionally gets Leo arrested by "bookstore police" after Leo attempts yet another theft. During this episode, we learn that Uncle Leo has a criminal record related to a "crime of passion."

In "The Package," Leo receives a package for Jerry that Jerry seems to think looks suspicious. Jerry suspects the package could contain a bomb, so he encourages Leo to open the package. This happens over the phone, and Jerry hears a loud explosion once Leo agrees to open the box. Except for having his eyebrows and moustache burnt off, Leo is unharmed. Elaine later quickly draws new eyebrows on him with her eyeliner, leaving him with a comical expression of anger.

"He's the kind of guy who is a total nuisance at times and the kind of guy you avoid. He's a very expansive character, and that has an attraction to it," Lesser said of the character in 1998.[5]

Character legacy

Len Lesser, who portrayed Uncle Leo, exhibited some of the same character traits, especially the overly excited greeting manners, when he later portrayed the character Garvin he portrayed from 1996-2004 on Everybody Loves Raymond.[4]

Lesser died in 2011.[6] His role as Uncle Leo was remembered as an "iconic" and "scene-stealing" character.[7] Despite his persona as a complaining braggart, Uncle Leo "still managed to be loveable."[1]


The Uncle Leo character appears in a total of 15 episodes from 1991 to 1998.

Season Two
Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
Season Seven
Season Eight
Season Nine


  1. ^ a b c "From Soup Nazis to Nuts: 100 Best 'Seinfeld' Characters". Rolling Stone. July 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (February 17, 2011). "Uncle Leo Dies". People. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Soraya (February 17, 2011). "Len Lesser, Uncle Leo actor, was 'one of our favorites,' says Jerry Seinfeld". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  4. ^ a b O'Neal, Sean (February 17, 2011). "R.I.P. Len Lesser, Seinfeld's Uncle Leo". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "PASSINGS: Len Lesser, Sidney Harth, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, Santi Santamaria, T.P. McKenna, Howard Lucraft". Los Angeles Times. February 17, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "'Seinfeld' actor Len Lesser dies; played Uncle Leo". USA Today. Associated Press. February 17, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Uncle Leo's 'Seinfeld' Scenes: Jerry Remembers His Favorite". Huffington Post. February 17, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
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Cape Fear marks the seventh collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. The film received positive reviews and received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor (De Niro) and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Lewis).

Clive Delaney

Clive Delaney (born 2 January 1980 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who plays in Sydney, Australia as a defender for amateur side Dunbar Rovers FC.

He signed for Derry for the second time in February 2008, having formerly played for the club between 2004 and 2006. He formerly played for West Ham United, UCD, St Patrick's Athletic and Bray Wanderers.

Played for Pats in the 2003 FAI Cup Final and scored in the 2006 Final [1]. Captained the Derry City side in 2008 to League Cup success.

Represented his country at the UEFA U-19 Championship in Sweden in 1999 where he scored the winning goal as Ireland defeated Greece to win the bronze medal.

Signed for West Ham United in 2002/2003 where he became a regular in the Reserve side under Roger Cross. He had successful trials at QPR and Sunderland in pre-season 2003/2004, however he chose to return to Ireland to finish his Chartered Accounting qualification and play semi-professional football with St Patrick's Athletic in Dublin.

His uncle Leo O'Reilly won League of Ireland championships with Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk F.C. in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hans Dessauer

Hans Dessauer senior (June 24, 1869 in Aschaffenburg – October 23, 1926) was a German industrialist and politician.

Dessauer was born in Aschaffenburg in a family of industrialists who owned the Aschaffenburger Buntpapierfabrik, a leading coloured paper factory with a long tradition. His parents were Philipp Dessauer (in German) and Maria Elisabeth Vossen, a daughter of the paint manufacturer Franz Vossen in Aachen. Dessauer first attended the Gymnasium in Aschaffenburg, then went to RWTH Aachen University in Aachen. Subsequently, he studied chemistry in Freiburg and Munich and received his doctorate there in 1892 with a thesis on pyrazoline and trimethylen derivates. As a student, Dessauer was an active member of Catholic students' associations.

After graduating, Dessauer worked in the paint factory of his uncle Leo Vossen in Aachen and took over the management of the Paris branch of this company for two years. In 1896 he spent a year at a pulp mill in Wisconsin, USA, and from 1897 he worked in the Aschaffenburg Buntpapierfabrik with his father. After his father's death in 1900 he joined the management of that company.Dessauer was a member of several associations and industrialists of the Economic Committee of the BVP (Bayerische Volkspartei), and he was also a member of the Aschaffenburg City Council for the Party. For his services he was awarded the title Kommerzienrat (commercial councillor).

His oldest son Hans Dessauer Jr., born in 1905, emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1929 and became known as John H. Dessauer. His son Guido Dessauer, born 1915, joined the management of the family company in 1945.

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Len Lesser

Leonard King Lesser (December 3, 1922 – February 16, 2011) was an American character actor, known as Len Lesser. He was known for his recurring role as Uncle Leo in Seinfeld, which began during the show's second season in "The Pony Remark" episode. Lesser was also known for his role as Garvin on Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Because of the commencement of the first Gulf War, the second season's premiere was postponed one week. The season comprised 12 episodes, and concluded its initial airing on June 26, 1991. It introduced a number of characters who played significant roles in later episodes, such as Jerry's Uncle Leo and Jerry's neighbor Newman.

Filming of the show moved from Hollywood to Studio City, Los Angeles. One episode, "The Bet", remained unfilmed, as it was considered too provocative by the network, as well as several cast and crew members. Two new writers joined the writing staff, Larry Charles and Peter Mehlman, who would continue to write for the show in later seasons. Even though season two started out with poor ratings, bringing the season to a two-month hiatus, the rest of the season was positively received by critics and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.

A Seasons 1 and 2 DVD box set was released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in the United States and Canada on November 23, 2004, 13 years after it completed broadcast on television. In addition to every episode from the two seasons, the DVD release features an episode from the third season that was held over, bonus material, including deleted scenes, inside looks, bloopers, and commentaries. Four million copies of the DVD were sold by the end of the year, making it one of the best-selling DVDs of all time. TV Guide ranked it as the sixth-greatest TV season ever made.

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The episode garnered strongly divided responses upon airing, and continues to polarize critics and audiences.

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This is the first episode of Seinfeld written by Tom Gammill and Max Pross. This episode ends with the dedication "In memory of our friend, John Oteri," who worked as a camera operator on the show.

Rance Howard appears as the blind man in this episode. Rance is actor/director Ron Howard's father.

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In this episode, Jerry, at a relative's 50th-anniversary dinner, makes a remark about hating anybody who had a pony when they were a child. His remark upsets the female guest-of-honor, causing her to storm out in anger. When the woman dies shortly after the dinner, Jerry and his friends wonder if the pony remark had something to do with her death.

The episode featured the first appearance of Jerry's uncle Leo (Len Lesser), who became a recurring character on the show. The episode also featured the first appearance of Barney Martin as Morty Seinfeld, replacing actor Phil Bruns, who had portrayed Morty in the season 1 episode "The Stake Out". "The Pony Remark" aired on January 30, 1991, and gained a Nielsen rating of 10.7/16. It gained positive responses from critics and The New York Times considers the episode a turning point for the show.

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Thomas Edward Skladany (born June 29, 1955) is an American football former punter who is widely considered to be, along with Ray Guy, one of the two greatest punters in college football history. Skladany later played in the NFL from 1978-1983. Skladany, the only 3-time first team All American punter in college history, made Big 10 history in 1973 when he became the first specialty player given a football scholarship in Big 10 football history. Skladany was considered by Street & Smith's and Parade to be the consensus number one high school kicker/punter in America in 1972. Skladany turned down scholarship offers from Michigan, Penn State and hometown Pittsburgh to sign with Woody Hayes and Ohio State. Skladany was a three-time All-American at The Ohio State University—(1974, 1975, 1976).

Skladany, the Cleveland Browns #2 pick in 1977, made professional sports history when he held out the entire season in a contract dispute, becoming the first-ever NFL draft pick to hold out a full season. His rights were traded to the Detroit Lions after the 1977 season. Skladany was named first team All-Pro after the 1978 and 1981 seasons with Detroit, leading the NFL in punting average both years. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1981 season. A back injury ended Skladany's career prematurely in 1983 while punting for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Skladany comes from a football family of note. Tom's uncle Leo Skladany blocked a punt as regulation time expired in the 1949 NFL championship game to propel the Philadelphia Eagles to the 1949 NFL title over the Los Angeles Rams. Another uncle, Joe "Muggsy" Skladany is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1941 before enlisting in World War II. Tom's uncle Ed Skladany turned down the Chicago Bears to sign with the Cincinnati Reds in 1945. Tom's brother Joe Skladany was an All-American linebacker at LaFayette University in 1981, and played for Arizona Wranglers of the USFL in 1982. After retiring from the NFL in 1983, Tom opened an American Speedy Printing Center in suburban Columbus, Ohio, and raised 4 daughters, all of whom played Division I collegiate soccer. His daughter, Karly, married 'N Sync singer Chris Kirkpatrick in 2013, and his youngest daughter, Camryn, has excelled both athletically and professionally. Camryn is currently a leading executive in the professional staffing and recruitment industry. Tom Skladany is a past President of the NFL Alumni Association of Ohio (1989–2013).

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