Who is Estelle Harris?
Estelle Harris (née Nussbaum) was born on 4 April 1928 under the zodiac sign of Aries in Manhattan, New York City USA. She is a 93-year-old actress, probably still best recognized for landing the role of Estelle Costanza in the NBC sitcom “Seinfeld” (1992-1998), playing Muriel in the Disney Channel teen sitcom “The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody” (2005-2008), and providing her voice to Mrs Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise.
How rich is she, as of now? Estelle Harris Net Worth
As of mid-2021, Estelle Harris’ net worth is estimated at over $5 million; acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment. She garnered over 100 television and film acting credits during the time her career was active from 1977 to 2019.
Early Life, Parents, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Estelle Harris spent one part of her childhood in Manhattan before she moved with her family to Tarentum in Pennsylvania at the age of seven.
Her parents, Isaac and Anna Nussbaum, were Polish-Jewish immigrants who ran a candy store. It is unknown whether she has siblings or not. She holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group. Regarding her education, Estelle matriculated from Tarentum High School.
Rise to Fame
Estelle Harris started her professional acting career back in 1977, making her film debut as Irma in the comedy film “Looking Up”. She was then inactive for a few years until 1984, when she returned with a small role in Sergio Leone’s epic crime film “Once Upon A Time In America”, starring Robert De Niro and James Woods.
The fabulously sassy Estelle Harris from Seinfeld
She made her TV debut as Easy Mary in the NBC sitcom “Night Court” in 1985, and thereafter continued to land small roles in TV series until 1992, when she joined the cast of the fourth season of the NBC sitcom “Seinfeld”, in which she starred in the recurring role of Estelle Costanza until its finale in 1998. It gained her enormous popularity and earned her an OFTA Television Award nomination in the category of Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998. The sitcom is rated one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
Concurrently with filming “Seinfeld”, Estelle continued to work on other projects.
In 1993, she was cast as Ronnie Cohen in the CBS sitcom “Good Advice”, which was followed by her portrayals of Aunt Dorothy in the crime film “Perfect Alibi” (1995) and Mama Saxer in the sports comedy film “Downhill Willie” (1996). She then starred as Bridget in the 1997 romantic comedy film “Out To Sea”, alongside Donald O’Connor and Gloria DeHaven, and Ms Krubavitch in the 1998 comedy film “Chairman Of The Board”, directed by Alex Zamm.
In 1999, Estelle Harris provided her voice to additional characters in the Nickelodeon animated series “The Brothers Flub”, and then did the voice-over of Mrs Potato Head in the critically acclaimed computer-animated comedy film “Toy Story 2”, the second installment of the “Toy Story” franchise, which was a major commercial success, grossing $500 million worldwide against the budget of $90 million.
She would later reprise the role in its sequels, “Toy Story 3” (2010) and “Toy Story 4” (2019), and three more short film titles, “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation” (2011), “Toy Story Toons: Small Fry” (2011), and “Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex” (2012).
Afterwards, Estelle voiced Mrs Turtle in the Disney animated series “Mickey Mouse Works” from 1999 to 2000, and its short-lived spin-off “House Of Mouse” in 2002. She also lent her voice to Mrs Duckstein in the Showtime/Channel 4 adult animated comedy series “Queer Duck” (2000-2002), and its film version “Queer Duck: The Movie” (2006).
In 2001, she guest-starred as Death’s mother in the episode “Death Lives” of the critically acclaimed Fox adult animated series “Family Guy”, which was followed by her voice-overs of Old Lady Bear in the 2003 animated musical comedy-drama film “Brother Bear”, Mrs Boogin in the 2004 animated musical film “Teacher’s Pet”, and Audrey in the 2004 animated musical Western film “Home On The Range”. During the same year, she also voiced Mama Lipsky in the Disney Channel animated action-comedy series “Kim Possible”.
Estelle Harris’ next major project came when she lent her voice to Lula in the Disney Channel animated series “Dave The Barbarian” (2004-2005) and Mama Gunda in the animated direct-to-video musical film “Tarzan II: The Legend Begins” (2005).
Later that year, she joined the cast of the Disney Channel teen sitcom “The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody”, in which she starred in the recurring role of Muriel until it ended in 2008. In the meantime, she featured as Ruth Melvin in the 2007 improv comedy film “The Grand”, sharing the screen with Ray Romano, Chris Parnell, and Woody Harrelson. In 2009, she guest-starred as Marty’s wife in the episode “In Country… Club” of the Fox/TBS adult animated sitcom “American Dad!”.
Between 2009 and 2014, she provided her voice to Oz’s mother in the Nickelodeon animated comedy series “Fanboy & Chum Chum”.
Concurrently, she starred as Arlene Taylor next to Christy Carlson Romano in the comedy film “Movin’ In” in 2010.
Two years later, she was chosen to play Nana in the comedy TV series “Greetings From Home”, which was followed by her appearances as Bertha Kristal in the 2013 biographical drama film “CBGB”, directed by Randall Miller. From 2014 to 2015, she did the voice-over of Peg-Leg Peg in the Disney Junior interactive preschool children’s animated series “Captain Jake And The Never Land Pirates”. In 2015, she took the roles of Sylvia in the sex comedy film “Promoted” and Mima D’Angelo in the made-for-TV comedy film “The Slice”.
Since she reprised the role of Mrs Potato Head in “Toy Story 4”, Estelle hasn’t been active in the acting world.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Estelle Harris has short grey hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 2ins (1.57m), while her weight is around 143lbs (65kgs). Her vital statistics, bra, dress and shoe size aren’t available.
Estelle Harris is married to window treatment salesman Sy Harris. They exchanged their wedding vows back in 1953, and welcomed three children, two sons and a daughter. The names of her sons are unknown, while her daughter is Taryn Harris, now a retired police officer. The family previously lived in Port Washington, New York; their current residence is in West Hollywood, California.