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Francesco "Frank" Costanza
Frank Costanza.jpg
First appearance The Handicap Spot (1993)
Last appearance The Finale, Part II (1998)
Created by Larry David
Portrayed by John Randolph (original version of The Handicap Spot)
Jerry Stiller (all other appearances)
Gender Male
Age 60s
Occupation Retired
Family Brother Moe, Sister (called Aunt Baby), Cousin Carlo
Spouse(s) Estelle Costanza
Children George Costanza and an unnamed son

Francesco "Frank" Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998). He was born in Tuscany, Italy, and moved at the age of four with his entire family (except his uncle's family and his cousin Carlo) to the United States. He attended Mount St. Mary's University. He is the father of George Costanza and is married to Estelle Costanza. He is characteristically loud, irascible, neurotic, abrasive and eccentric. He speaks in a highly idiosyncratic, halting manner.

In Frank's first appearance in the episode "The Handicap Spot" of season 4, the character was played by John Randolph. At the urging of series creator Larry David, once Stiller had been cast for Frank Costanza, the scenes with Randolph were reshot with Stiller for syndication.

Though currently retired, we learn in "The Understudy" that Frank once worked as a salesman selling Christian artifacts and that he is fluent in Korean. He also claims to have spoken to Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon. Frank is an exceptionally good chef (he spent time as an Army cook with the "Fighting 103rd" during the Korean War), as long as he can overcome his fears of accidentally poisoning people with his cooking (which showed the rebuttal in "The Fatigues", in which he destroyed his food after seeing Elaine Benes's co-worker at the J. Peterman Catalog, Eddie Sherman, choking).

His hobbies include listening to Latin American music on vinyl records and collecting issues of TV Guide. He invented an alternative to Christmas known as Festivus. Frank was also the co-creator of the "Bro" (he proposed the name "Manssiere"), a male bra he developed with Cosmo Kramer in "The Doorman." Perhaps before the character had been entirely established, Frank was in his first episode, "The Handicap Spot", a leading member of the United Volunteers, where it is common to give away big screen TV's.

Frank's several flaws include a paralyzing fear of mice, rats and other forms of household infestation. Even the mention of mice in his household horrifies Frank, as seen in "The Raincoats, Part 2." He also has a 'phobia' which disables him from spending his silver dollars, which he has collected since 18 years of age. Frank seems to have a predilection for squirrels. In "The Conversion" where George is considering converting to the Latvian Orthodox Church, Frank asks if this is the group that goes around mutilating squirrels and asks specifically that George stays away from squirrels. He reacts violently if someone asks him to take off his shoes (wearing them while in the pool, according to George) because he believes that his feet have bad odour.

Estelle, while never referred to that way on the show, was said by both Larry David and Jason Alexander to be Jewish. They also said in numerous interviews that George was "half-Jewish," implying that Frank was not. In the episode "The Fatigues", it is implied that Frank is a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all-Catholic fraternal organization.

In the episode "The Caddy", when New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner came over to tell Frank and his wife about their son's (apparent) death, Frank seems impartial to the situation, instead demanding to know why Steinbrenner traded Yankees player Jay Buhner away.

As shown in "The Cigar Store Indian", Frank and Estelle live at 1344 Queens Boulevard.




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