Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Before there was Newman there was Alex Fleischer, USPS

That Newman character on Seinfeld, portrayed by the talented Wayne Knight, was indeed one of my favorite recurring characters of that series.  However, there was a postal 'worker' character from Barney Miller who really set a high bar.  In "Uniform Days" (Season 6, Episode 7, 1980) the great Stuart Pankin played the role of Postal Service employee Alex Fleischer, a mail carrier who had no interest in delivering "unneeded" mail.

Pankin played other characters in several episodes.  Always a fine performance.
Ⓐ Steve Ⓐ

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