Jason Alexander Did First TV With George Clooney
Ten years before NBC’s hit “ER,” youngunknownGeorge Clooney did a CBS sitcom called “E/R” in 1984 with Elliott Gould,ConchattaFerrell and another young, unknown actor named Jason Alexander.
The future George Costanza played hospital administrator Harold Stickley. Clooney was Ace, an inexperienced EMT. Clooney was 23; Alexander was 25.
Did the cast think Clooney was bound for greatness? That’s the question I asked Alexander during my interview in advance of his performances with the Cincinnati Pops March 4-6 at Music Hall. The entire interview airs 7 p.m. Sunday on WVXU-FM’s “Around Cincinnati.”
“We all knew George was talented…. Did we know that he would be become what he became? I don’t think so, because one of the glorious things that happened with George was that, as he hit his mid30s, his face -- which was wonderful as a young actor -- took on a kind of profundity as an adult, that opened up all kinds of possibilities for him as a dramatic actor.
"He was kind of a goofy kid. But he could kind of evoke a ‘not goofy’ presentation as an adult. And he’s one of those guys that that kind of success couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
CBS’ “E/R,” which aired six months in 1984-85 “was my first job in Hollywood. It was really my first serious foray into television. It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun,” Alexander said.
Four years later, Alexander won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” in 1989, before NBC premiered “The Seinfeld Chronicles.” In my Wednesday blog, Alexander talked about preparing a TV comeback in a new series he plans to pitch to TV networks, cable operators and streaming services.
Hear my entire interview with Jason Alexander 7 p.m. Sunday on WVXU-FM’s “Around Cincinnati.” He talks about his Pops show, Broadway experience, directing, teaching, his love for magic and how people greet “George Costanza” in airports.
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