When This Fan Was Dying Of Cancer, These Sitcom Stars Made His Last Days Special

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“Seinfeld” superfan James Anthony Calder fought a two-year battle against cancer before ultimately succumbing to the disease just prior to his 67th birthday. To brighten his dying dad’s spirits, Calder’s son reached out to the iconic TV show’s cast via social media with a request for birthday wishes.

The “Seinfeld” cast stepped up big-time, with many sending Calder personalized “Happy Birthday” videos created in-character.

In addition to the videos — available for public viewing — actors Jerry Stiller, who played Frank Costanza, and Lawrence Mandley, who played Larry the cook, sent Calder videos that they asked remain private; Michael Richards also reached out to Calder via phone.

Take a look!

John O’Hurley/J. Peterman

O’Hurley was the first actor to send an in-character video. Playing J. Peterman, he joked with Calder about an upcoming birthday trip to Papua New Guinea.

Patrick Warburton/Puddy

Warburton’s birthday wish included a highly humorous warning not to take Peterman up on his offer of a trip to Papua New Guinea. He jokingly referred to Peterman’s ulterior motives. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

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Wayne Knight/Newman

Knight’s message started with the greeting “Hello, Jim,” delivered in Newman’s inimitable style. Fittingly, while in character, he inquires about the birthday cake.


Click “Next” to hear what Julie Louis-Dreyfus had to say!


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