Who is Estelle Harris?
Estelle Harris is an American actress, comedian and voice actress, who is perhaps best known to the world as Estelle Costanza in the Golden Globe Award-winning comedy series “Seinfeld” (1992-1998), and also as Muriel in the TV series “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” (2005-2008), in addition to other popular roles she has had during her career.
Estelle Harris Biography- Age, Childhood, and Education
Born Estelle Nussbaum on the 4th April 1928, in Manhattan, New York USA, the daughter of Isaac Nussbaum and his wife, Anna.
Her parents were Polish immigrants, and she has an older sister, but her name hasn’t been revealed in the media. For her education, Estelle went to Tarentum High School.
Estelle didn’t pursue a career in acting until her children had grown-up and achieved success on their own. As a result, it was only in 1977 that she made her acting debut, selected for the role of Irma in the comedy-drama film “Looking Up”, starring Marilyn Chris, Dick Shawn and Doris Belack. She made another appearance in 1977, this time as Mrs.
Baleeka in the film selected“Summerdog”, and then didn’t feature anywhere until the mid-‘80s, when she was cast for the part of Peggy’s Mother in the film “Once Upon a Time in America”, starring Robert De Niro, James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern. She continued with minor roles in the ‘80s, such as Secretary in the film “Stand and Deliver” in 1988.
Rise to Stardom
Although she hadn’t had notable roles since starting her career, Estelle joined the cast of “Seinfeld” in 1992 as Estella Costanza, and in the next six years appeared in 27 episodes of the popular series, which made her very popular.
While working on “Seinfeld”, Estella also appeared in several other projects, including the films “Downhill Willie” (1996), “Out to Sea” (1997), and “My Giant” (1998), among others.
With the start of the new millennium, Estelle began to focus more on voice acting, but has still featured in a number of on-screen appearances. She had a minor role in the romantic comedy “Good Advice” in 2001, starring Charlie Sheen, Angie Harmon and Denise Richards, while from 2005 to 2008 she portrayed Muriel in the TV comedy series “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”. Then in 2010, she co-starred in the romantic comedy film “Movin’ In”, next to Alex Yves, Griff First and Christy Carlson Romano, and two years later appeared in all 12 episodes of the short-lived series “Greetings from Home”.
Furthermore, she was cast in the film “CBGB”, which is a story about the punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub of the same name, and had a minor role in the 2015 comedy television movie “The Slice”.
In addition to her on-screen appearances, Estelle has also had a marvelous career as a voice actress; she started in 1995 with the voice of Timon’s Mother in the animated series “Timon & Pumbaa”. In 1999 she had a stint in the animated series “The Brothers Flub”, and the same year made her debut as Mrs. Potato Head in the animated film “Toy Story 2”. In 2000 she lent her voice to Mrs.
Estelle Harris who voice Mrs Potato Head in Toy Story 2 and 3 is celebrating a birthday today the 4th of April ~Simba
Duckstein in the animated series “Queer Duck”, while from 2004 to 2005 she was the voice of Lula in the animated series “Dave the Barbarian”. From 2009 to 2014 she gave her voice to Oz’s Mom in the TV series “Fanboy & Chum Chum”, and from 2014 to 2015 she voiced Peg-Leg Peg from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”, and then retired.
Where is Estelle Harris Now?
Since retiring, Estelle has been living a simple life away from the media buzz, currently living with her husband in West Hollywood, California.
However, in 2019 she returned to voice acting, only to reprise her role of Mrs. Potato Head in the fourth installment of the popular animated film “Toy Story”.
Estelle Harris Net Worth, Height, Weight, Appearance
Estelle is a renowned actress, and with around 100 roles during her career, her wealth has increased by a large margin. According to authoritative sources, Estelle Harris’ net worth has been estimated at $5 million as of mid-2020.
Estelle stands at 5ft 4ins (1.64m) tall, while she weighs approximately 143lbs ~ 65kgs – at her age, vital statistics are unimportant, but unsurprisingly she has grey hair, and brown eyes.
Estelle Harris Personal Life, Marriage, Husband
Estelle has been married for more than 65 years to Sy Harris; the wedding ceremony was held in 1953, and the two welcomed two sons and a daughter together. Her husband Sy was a window treatment salesman, though he had a one-time appearance in the film “Destiny, West!” in 1960.
Estelle Harris News, Facts
Before making a break as an actress, Estelle appeared in numerous commercials, including the highly popular ad in which she sang the praises of Handi-Wrap II. She was so popular that she featured in 23 commercials in a year.
Back in 2013, Estelle came forward and announced that she is a cancer survivor, though she didn’t reveal which type of cancer she had, only bringing the happy news that she had successfully undergone cancer treatment. Since then, she hasn’t had any health scares.
Estelle is recognized by her high pitched raspy voice.
Because of the unique character of Estella Costanza, she and Jerry Stiller were named several times as the best TV parents. Her “Seinfeld” partner, Jerry Stiller died recently, in early May 2020 – he was 92 years old.