Estelle Harris, ‘Seinfeld’ Scene-Stealer and ‘Toy Story’ series’ Mrs. Potato Head, dies at age 93

Estelle Harris, who memorably played George’s mother Estelle Costanza on “Seinfeld” and was the indelible voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” series, died on April 2 of natural causes at the age of 93, her representative Michael Eisenstadt confirmed to. Variety.

Harris was best known for her distinctive voice and comic timing, forever cemented by her role as the mother of George (Jason Alexander) in “Seinfeld,” in which she starred in 27 episodes. Her foil was Jerry Stiller, who played Frank Costanza, and the three characters engaged in countless scenes of lovable quarrels.

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She also had a robust voice career, rooted in her work as Mrs. Potato Head in the second, third and fourth chapters of the “Toy Story” series. Given her “Seinfeld” role, she had a loving and nagging relationship with Mr. Potato Head, perfectly tuned by Don Rickles. From there, she appeared in many animated projects, large and small, including films such as “Brother Bear” (2003) and “Tarzan II” (2005) and series such as “Hercules”, “The Wild Thornberrys” and “Godzilla: The Series” (all from 1998).

Harris’ career began with commercial work and two small roles in the films “Looking Up” and “Summerdog” from 1977, with supporting roles in major projects starting in the mid-80s, including a small role in Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time “. in America “(1984), a recurring role in” Night Court “and a guest appearance in” Married … With Children “. More and more character work continued until her first episode of” Seinfeld “in 1992, which became her signature role .

Watch some of Harris’ best “Seinfeld” moments in the video below:

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