‘Seinfeld’ Actor Dead

(RightIsRight.co) – In a bitter-sweet moment for Seinfeld enthusiasts, famous comedian and former actor of the series Hiram Kasten died at 71 after battling prostate cancer.

Known for his amusing roles on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, the actor passed away in his wife’s arms just hours after celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary.

His wife, Diana Kisiel Kastenbaum, “loved and tenderly cared for him until the end.”

While Kasten’s health took a turn in 2017, he continued acting and kept his struggles private. For years, he battled prostate cancer and Crohn’s disease, only sharing the severity of his condition with friends in the last six months.

Kasten’s career spanned decades, but he is best known for playing Michael on “Seinfeld” from 1993 to 1994 as Elaine Benes’ co-worker.

He also built his comedy career in New York City, regularly performing at the iconic Comic Strip, a venue that once hosted Jerry Seinfeld.

Moreover, he was hosting when Seinfeld auditioned at the club, and “passed Hiram on his first audition,” securing him a regular slot.

His official Facebook page noted in a statement that “The two struck up a friendship that has lasted for 45 years.”

Kasten was described as a “free spirit” who “felt he was there to entertain.”

The statement recalled how he “only had to take his cigarette case out of his inside pocket, take out a Kent, tap it on the case, pull out his black onyx lighter and then snap his fingers à la Jackie Gleason and say ‘smoke ’em, if you got ’em,’ and would have the audience ‘in the palm of his hand.'”

Besides “Seinfeld,” Kasten appeared on “Saved by the Bell,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Cybill,” “Mad About You,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “My Wife and Kids,” and “7th Heaven” in the early 2000s.

He spent his remaining years with his wife, daughter Millicent Jade, and brother-in-law Kevin John Kisiel.

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