Born and raised in New Jersey and a longtime New York resident, Alexander focused his efforts early in entertainment by joking with classmates to steer them away from teasing him about his chubbiness. He amused them with impressions, comedy album bits and film dialogue. From that display of comic flair, Alexander broadened his scope by taking singing and dancing lessons. By 13, he performed at his Bar Mitzvah, which he considers his "first paid gig." And at 17, he earned his first professional job when he was spotted in a childrens theater group and invited to perform on a local New York kid's program.
His first role came while studying at Boston University when he took a part in a horror film entitled The Burning, which also featured newcomers Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. Subsequent films have been more auspicious, including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mosquito Coast, Jacob's Ladder, White Palace, and the attention-grabbing role as Richard Gere's friend and villianous lawyer in Pretty Woman. In 1991, Alexander landed his first film lead in I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore, a romantic comedy with Nia Peeples about a man who loses weight to win over the girl of his dreams.
Alexander is continuing his success in feature films with three very different characters in recent films. He can be seen in a small but significant role as a beleagered commisioner of parking in Ron Howard's The Paper with Michael Keaton and Glenn Close. In North, directed by Rob Reiner, he portrays the father of a boy (Elijah Wood) who takes his parents to court in hopes of trading them in for new ones. And in Blankman starring Damon Wayans, Jason has a cameo as a hard-crusted TV News/Magazine Producer.
Alexandre's equally impressive Broadway credits began with a debut in Merrily We Roll Along, a Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim collaboration. He has also starred in Rupert Holmes' Accomplice, Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, and The Rink with Liza Minelli and Chita Rivera. His crowning theatrical achievement came with Jerome Robbins' Broadway, giving him the 1989 Tony, Outer Critics and Drama Desk awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Beyond his acting abilities in the show, he also wrote the narration for the musical, which itself nabbed the Tony for Best Musical. More recently, Alexander has appeared on the Los Angeles stage, portraying Harry Truman in the one-man play Give'Em Hell Harry, which garnered unanimous rave reviews from theatre critics and audiences alike.
Alexander has collected two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations, as well as two American Comedy Awards for his current role in Seinfeld. He also starred in his own series, Everything's Relative, was a series regular on the Elliot Gould sitcom E.R., and co-starred in the lauded Harry Hamlin miniseries Favorite Son.
Alexander also aspires to direct theater, and received a Directors Guild Award nomination for helming a Seinfeld episode in the 1992-93 season.
Although he longs for the New York theatre community, he and his wife reside in Los Angeles with their son.
Duckman is a Klasky Csupo / Paramount Television production in association with Reno & Osborn Productions and based upon the underground comic created by Everett Peck.
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