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Hiram Kasten Stand-Up Comedy and Acting Journey Ends at Age 71

Hiram Kasten is known for his appearance in sitcom Seinfeld as Michael.

Recently, Batavia resident Hiram Kasten passed away in his wife’s arms following a long battle with prostate cancer.

Hiram Kasten also battled with Crohn’s disease for the past seven years. The news was shared on Hiram’s official Facebook handle on Sunday, June 16, 2024.


  • Hiram Kasten passed away at the age of 71 after a battle with prostate cancer.
  • Kasten was born to their father, Samuel Jimmy Kastenbaum, and his mother, Mildred “Marsha” Polansky Kastenbaum.
  • Hiram Kasten has an estimated net worth of $4 million at his passing.

Kasten was a famous comedian and actor best known for his recurring role in the Seinfeld sitcom.

The whole Seinfeld cast, the entertainment industry, and his family are mourning Hiram Kasten’s tragic death.

Kasten’s family has set his funeral at Schwartz Brothers-Jeffers Memorial Chapel in Forest Hills, New York. A memorial service will be held later this summer in Los Angeles.

Hiram Kasten Was 71 Years Old At His Passing

Hiram Kasten was born Hiram Z. Kastenbaum on October 30, 1952, in The Bronx, New York, United States. Unfortunately, he passed away on June 16, 2024, at the age of 71.

Kasten was born to his father, Samuel Jimmy Kastenbaum, and his mother, Mildred “Marsha” Polansky Kastenbaum.

His father was ready to place his Yankee Cap on Hiram’s head as he so often did as a child for his final outing.

He was raised along with his sibling, Sheryl Kastenbaum, and sister, Sari Spector Kastenbaum.

Hiram Kasten prided himself on being a product of New York’s great public school system, from elementary through Taft High School.

Later, in 1974, Hiram majored in Theatre at CUNY’s Lehman College. Since childhood, Hiram Kasten has dreamed of being an actor.

Soon after college, Hiram was cast by Israel Horovitz in a revival of his play “Live” at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre.

Hiram Kasten’s Career Highlights His Net Worth

Hiram Kasten’s estimated net worth was around $4 million at his passing. His primary sources of income were acting and standup comedy.

The average salary of a standup comedian in the United States is $47k to $60k per year. Therefore, Hiram might have also earned an income between this range.

Hiram’s stand-up career began in 1978 when Jerry Seinfeld passed him on an audition round at “The Comic Strip.”

He was a staple at comedy clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, including The Improv, The Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s, and Dangerfield’s.

Hiram started acting in the 1981 TV series Saturday Night Live. From 1993 to 1994, he appeared in the TV series Seinfeld as Michael, created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld.

In the early 2000s, he appeared on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, My Wife and Kids, and 7th Heaven.

His last appearance was in 2012 on the TV series Fumbling Through the Pieces, where he played Jim.

Additional Information

  • Hiram Kasten was survived by his wife, Diana Kisiel Kastenaum, daughter, Millicent Jade, and brother-in-law, Kevin John Kisiel.
  • In 2008, Hiram Kasten appeared as Detective McCarthy in The Candlelight Murders.
  • Hiram Kasten and Jerry Seinfeld’s friendship lasted for over 45 years.
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