Kalman Seinfeld: Untold details about the late father of American stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld


Kalman Seinfeld is the late father of an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer Jerry Seinfield (aka Jerome Allen Seinfield). His son is widely popular for his semi-fictionalized role in the American sitcom Seinfield with which he co-created and co-wrote Larry David.

In addition to his identity as a celebrity father, Kalman was single-handed in a sign-making business. He was married to his wife Betty Seinfeld and together became the parents of two children. And unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 67 in the year 1985. Well, what was the reason behind his death?

Here, in this article, we are going to reveal untold details about Jerry Seinfeld’s late father, Kalman Seinfeld.


Kalman Seinfeld was of Hungarian descent, raised in New York

Jerry Seinfeld’s late father, Kalman Seinfeld, was born the youngest of his father Shimshon and his first wife Celia in New York County, New York on October 20, 1918.

After his birth, his father married his second wife and because of his father’s two marriages, he grew up in a difficult environment along with his two elder siblings and his one half-brother whose name is not known.

By the way, in terms of ethnicity, Kalman was of Hungarian Jewish descent and an American citizen.

Kalman Seinfeld was an orphan

As mentioned earlier, due to his father’s two marriages, Kalman was not given a normal family life. He lived his very early days in a broken home with no family coordination and on top of that, the family was financially weak.

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Kalman with his wife Betty.

Their poor financial situation also prevented Kalman from going to school. In this regard, his popular son Jerry spoke in an interview and said,

“They lived in these apartments until the rent was due and then they moved, and they didn’t go to school. It was the old apple-in-the-street thing.”

Although he had a family, Kalman grew up as an orphan under various circumstances with no support from his relatives, and as a result, he went to live on his own.

Who were Kalman’s parents?

Speaking of his parents separately, his father was Shimson/Schimscher “Simon” Seinfeld, the son of Jonas Seinfeld. Kalman’s beloved father Shimson was from Stanislau, a place formerly in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Likewise, his mother’s name was Celia.

What did Jerry Seinfeld’s father, Kalman Seinfeld, do for a living?

By trade, the New York native was a sign maker and sign painter. He ran his own sign making shop called Signfeld Signs in New York City. His son Jerry once wrote about his job, posting a picture of a signboard on his Instagram page:

My father was a sign maker, so I’ve always been a sign watcher.

Kalman was also in military service. He served in World War II.

Kalman Seinfeld was married to his wife Betty Seinfeld

Kalman and his wife Betty were together as husband and wife for nearly four decades. Although no detailed information about their marriage is available in the media, it is known that they tied the knot in the year 1950. Since then, they have lived a wonderful married life together.

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Kalman Seinfeld’s wife Betty along with her son Jerry.

Both the couple Kalman and Betty lacked proper care and love in their early days as Betty grew up in foster care and Kalman in a broken home as mentioned earlier. So when they started their relationship, they made a beautiful family. The duo had a great alignment as husband and wife. As a result, the spouses were together until Kalman’s death in 1985.

Kalman Seinfeld shared two children with his wife

From his marriage, Kalman became the father of his two children named a daughter Caroline Liebling and a son Jerry Seinfeld.

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Kalman Seinfeld with his wife and children

His first child Carolyn was born on 12 October, 1952. In 1980 she married her husband Lawrence Timothy Liebling. She has a child named Joshua Keith Liebling. As of 2023, she is 70 years old.

Likewise, Seinfeld’s son Jerry was born Jerome Allen Seinfeld April 29, 1954. He is currently 68 years old. As of now, he is regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians in the American entertainment industry.

Seinfeld’s son Jerry is an acclaimed American comedian

His son Jerry is a well-known American personality. Jerry gained wide recognition as a comedian after playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself on the sitcom Seinfeld from 1989 to 1998. Not only does he host the show, but he was also the co-creator and co-writer of the show alongside the comedian Larry David.

Furthermore, he is also a writer who wrote a book named Signal Language which was released in 1993. He is also the author of a children’s book Halloween and some others as well. Jerry is also a producer, co-writer and actor in the 2007 movie Bee movie. For his contribution as an entertainer, Seinfeld Jr. nominated nineteen times for Primetime Emmy Awards and four times for Grammy Awards.

Brief detail about Kalman’s son Jerry’s personal life

Jerry is a happily married man. He is married to his wife Jessica (Sklar) Seinfeld, an author and philanthropist. The couple tied the knot on December 25, 1999. As of now, the couple is a proud parent of three beautiful children named Sasha Seinfeld, Julian Kal Seinfeldand Shepherd Kellen Seinfeld.

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Kalman’s son Jerry Seinfeld with his family.

Prior to his marriage to his now wife, he dated two women Carol Leifer and Shoshanna Lonstein.

Kalman Seinfeld died at age 67; What was the cause of his death?

In the run-up to 2023, it will be more than 30 years since Kalman left the living world. He went up dead January 31, 1985, in Palm Beach County, Florida, in his late sixties. According to sources, his cause of death was a heart attack.

On the other hand, his beloved wife Betty left the world April 18, 2014at the age of 97.

Kalman’s tomb

After his death, his body was buried in an unknown cemetery in New York, New York County.

Kalman’s son, Jerry remembers him as a funny man; What else did his son appreciate about him?

In an interview, when Kalman’s son Jerry was asked what he inherits from his father, he said said,

Humor and joie de vivre. He was very funny.

In the question-and-answer session, Jerry revealed that his late father had a file of jokes he collected while serving in World War II.

Aside from his prank skills, Jerry greatly appreciates his father’s parenting style. It’s because he believed that the way his father raised him actually made him independent. In this regard, he once spoke in an interview about the parenting style of his parents. He said,

Complete neglect. Absolutely, total neglect. It worked for me. It has made me very independent. They were both orphans. So they had a natural independence.

He further stated that the negligence shown by his father growing up did indeed make him self-reliant.

The famous comedian further praised his late father saying that “He was a great appreciator of life”.

What was Kalman Seinfeld’s net worth at the time of his death?

While Kalman was still alive, he worked as a sign maker. He even had a business making signs. So, it is clear that he may have made quite a bit of money, but his net worth is not estimated at this time.

On the other hand, his famous son Jerry Seinfeld has an estimated fortune of $950 million as of 2023.