Hiram Kasten dies at the age of 71

Hiram Kasten, renowned for his memorable roles in television, including his appearances on 'Seinfeld', has passed away at the age of 71.
June 17, 2024
Hiram Kasten dies at the age of 71
Hiram Kasten dies at the age of 71

Hiram Kasten, renowned for his memorable roles in television, including his appearances on ‘Seinfeld’, has passed away at the age of 71. Kasten battled multiple health issues over the last seven years, including prostate cancer and Crohn’s disease. In recent months, he privately disclosed to loved ones that he was terminally ill. Despite his health challenges, he continued to receive support and affection from friends, who engaged with him through frequent Zoom calls, which his wife Diana credited with extending his life by approximately two months.

Hiram Kasten began his entertainment career in stand-up comedy in 1978, making a mark in the New York City and New Jersey comedy scenes. He was notably passed by Jerry Seinfeld at an audition at ‘The Comic Strip’, marking a significant milestone in his career. Known for his distinctive style and charisma on stage, Kasten was admired for his homage to comedy greats like Alan King, Jackie Gleason, and Jerry Lewis.

In addition to his comedy career, Kasten enjoyed success as an actor, appearing in several iconic television shows. His role as Michael, Elaine Benes’ coworker, in three episodes of ‘Seinfeld’ remains a highlight of his acting career. He also made appearances in popular series such as ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Saved By the Bell’, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, and ‘My Wife and Kids’.

Hiram Kasten leaves behind a legacy of laughter and memorable performances, having touched the hearts of many through his work in comedy and television.

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