Estelle Harris, who played Estelle Costanza on Seinfeld, died in California on Saturday, April 2. Estelle’s family confirmed the actress’ death in a statement shared with Deadline. She was 93 years old when she died of natural causes, according to reports. Toy Story 4 was the actress’ final film role. It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris passed away this evening at 6:25 pm, said late actress Estelle Harris’ son Glen Harris in a touching tribute to her. The news has shocked her fans and her well-wishers.
Paying tribute to his mother, the 93-year-old actress’ son further said Estelle’s passion, humor, sensitivity, kindness, empathy, and love were unrivaled. Glen Harris added that the veteran actress will be missed by all those who knew her. Let us add that Estelle was due to celebrate her 94th birthday but she passed away before she could. Estelle’s portrayal of Estelle Costanza, the mother of the show’s primary character George Costanza, played by Jason Alexander on Jerry Seinfeld’s sitcom, was a hit with the audience.
Estelle Harris’ on-screen spouse Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller on Seinfeld, died in May 2020 and left everyone shocked. Harris was born on April 22, 1928, in New York City and later grew up in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb where her father had a candy store. She began honing her comedic skills in high school performances, where she discovered she could make the audience laugh out loud, as she told People magazine in 1995.
The actress continued to appear on stage and screen after the nine-season run of “Seinfeld” finished in 1998. She played Mrs. Potato Head in the 1999 animated film “Toy Story 2” and Muriel in the hit Disney Channel sitcom “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” among other roles. After getting married in the early 1950s, Estelle stopped pursuing show business. However, she later resumed acting in dining theater, commercials, and amateur groups. The popular actress reportedly took a short break as her three children were growing up.
Eventually, Harris started appearing in TV shows such as the legal comedy Night Court in guests roles. She also appeared in some films including Once Upon a Time in America, a 1984 gangland epic, directed by Sergio Leone. Harris went on to appear in several episodes of the “show about nothing”. Estelle Harris is survived by her three children along with three grandsons, and a great-grandson. May her soul rest in peace!