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

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Alton Benes
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29. Alton Benes

Best-known episode: "The Jacket"
Elaine's dad Alton Benes is an old-school hard-boiled writer with a Hemingway-style code of manliness, including a taste for Scotch and spicy food. Shockingly, he fails to find her friends amusing, telling Jerry, "We had a funny guy with us in Korea, a tail gunner. They blew his brains out all over the Pacific." Legendary film noir tough guy Lawrence Tierney starred in 1940s classics like Born To Kill and Dillinger, before coming back to play the crime boss in Reservoir Dogs. But Alton Benes might be the scariest character he ever played. ROB SHEFFIELD

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