which actor did not appear in the “seinfeld” pilot?

Even though the credits list “The Cast”, Lawrence Hankin, who played Kenny Rodgers in that episode never actually appeared on screen.


Larry Hankin was arguably one of the most experimental casting choices Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander made for their Seinfeld pilot as they opted to cast a black man to play a stereotypical black thug type character. When watching the airing episode without sound, it’s hard to bring yourself back into context from just looking at him because Larry Hankin is unmistakably not playing race for laughs but rather incredibly scarily serious which has always been mentioned by critics since 1993 when Seinfeld premiered on NBC. Furthermore he brings an intensity and humor through his over-the-top acting performance – especially with scenes like