From Soup Nazis to Nuts: 100 Best 'Seinfeld' Characters

Close talkers, braless wonders, library cops and bad tennis pros: we rank the most memorable members of the 'Seinfeld' universe

Lt. Bookman
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30. Lt. Bookman

Best-known episode: "The Library"
You thought Les Miserables' Javert was a dogged enforcer of the law? The French police inspector has nothing on Lt. Bookman, a New York Public Library cop who hates outstanding late fees almost as much as he hates "drawings of pee-pees and wee-wees in The Cat in the Hat." Having forgotten to return his copy of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer back in 1971, Jerry is forced to deal with 20 years of overdue-book fees — and worse, incurs the wrath of the NYPL's in-house bruiser. Before he became a staple of Paul Thomas Anderson's big-screen rep company, Philip Baker Hall was a journeyman theater actor with a handful of TV credits to his name; per Hall himself, his pulpy, rat-a-tat-tat take on Bookman "opened doors" and helped turn him into one of the best go-to gruff guys in the business. "That is one tough monkey," Jerry says as Bookman strides away, late-fee check in hand. You have no idea, joyboy. DAVID FEAR

Philip Baker Hall on His Seinfeld Role

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