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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The Chinese Restaurant Maitre'd

39. The Chinese Restaurant Maitre'd

Best-known episode: "The Chinese Restaurant"
A quick dinner at the Hunan 5th Avenue turns into an existential nightmare, as the unflappable maitre'd keeps promising the table will be ready in "five, 10 minutes." James Hong is one of the all-time great Hollywood character actors — he played an evil butler in Chinatown, the scientist who designs replicant eyes in Blade Runner and Tia Carrere's dad in Wayne's World 2. If you're playing Six Degrees of Seinfeld, you can use Hong to connect to pretty much any classic Hollywood film or TV show. Yet this might be his greatest role. ROB SHEFFIELD

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