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Uncle Leo

Uncle Leo
Uncle Leo after his eyebrows have been singed off in "The Package"
First appearance The Pony Remark (1991)
Last appearance The Finale Part II (1998)
Created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.
Portrayed by Len Lesser
Occupation Retired
Family Helen Seinfeld (sister)
Nana (mother)
Father (deceased)
Spouse(s) Stella (separated/widowed)
Significant other(s) Lydia
Children Jeffrey (son)
Relatives Jerry Seinfeld (nephew)
Unnamed niece

Uncle Leo is a fictional character portrayed by Len Lesser in the American sitcom Seinfeld. He is Jerry Seinfeld's uncle. He 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,

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  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (February 17, 2011). "Uncle Leo Dies".  
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Soraya (February 17, 2011). "Len Lesser, Uncle Leo actor, was 'one of our favorites,' says Jerry Seinfeld".  
  4. ^ a b O'Neal, Sean (February 17, 2011). "R.I.P. Len Lesser, Seinfeld's Uncle Leo".  
  5. ^ "PASSINGS: Len Lesser, Sidney Harth, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, Santi Santamaria, T.P. McKenna, Howard Lucraft".  
  6. ^ "Uncle Leo's 'Seinfeld' Scenes: Jerry Remembers His Favorite".  
  7. ^ Seinfeld' actor Len Lesser dies; played Uncle Leo"'".  


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Season Five
Season Four
Season Three
Season Two

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


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

Len Lesser carried some of Uncle Leo's traits, especially the overly excited greeting manners, to his character Garvin he portrayed from 1996-2004 on Everybody Loves Raymond.[4]

Character legacy

"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]

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 was unharmed. Elaine later quickly draws new eyebrows on him with her eyeliner, leaving him with a comical expression of anger.

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 shoplift. During this episode, we learn that Uncle Leo has a criminal record related to a "crime of passion."

Uncle 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.

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 he was on his way to a meeting), Leo was offended and called Jerry's mother in Florida to complain about being snubbed.

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 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]

Uncle Leo is the brother of Jerry's mother,



  • Character 1
  • Character legacy 2
  • Appearances 3
  • References 4


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