Jerry Seinfeld has paid tribute to actress Liz Sheridan – who played his mother on her hit show Seinfeld – after she died at 93 on Friday.
“Liz has always been the sweetest, kindest TV mom a son could wish for,” Seinfeld, 67, tweeted.
Adding, “Every time she came on our show, it was the most comfortable feeling for me. How lucky to have known her.
‘The most beautiful TV mom a son could wish for’: Jerry Seinfeld pays heartfelt tributes to Liz Sheridan who played his mother on an iconic sitcom after her death at 93
The New York-born star died of natural causes, according to TMZ.
According to the report, Liz died “peacefully in her sleep” at 2.30am on Friday, just five days after her 93rd birthday.
She portrayed Seinfeld’s mother character, Helen, on the show for the entire series that aired from 1993 to 1998, appearing in 21 episodes.
Playing the role of the highly overprotective parent, Liz’s character was known for her catchphrase, “How could anyone not love her?”
Much loved: Sheridan will be remembered for his roles in Seinfeld and ALF
She starred on the show alongside Barney Martin who played Seinfeld’s father, Morty.
Sheridan was the only recurring character, aside from the four main cast members, who appeared in every season of Seinfeld.
The comedian was also known for her role as Raquel Ochmonek in the ALF series which ran from 1986 to 1990 and appeared in 34 episodes of the series.
Her film credits included small roles in Who’s That Girl (1987) with Madonna and Play the Game (2009).
The performer caused a stir with the romantic comedy Play the Game, due to her octogenarian sex scene between her and Andy Griffith.
Sheridan began her career in showbusiness in New York and the Caribbean, working as a dancer and nightclub singer, before moving on to stage work.
She starred in Broadway productions throughout the 1970s, in both musicals and plays.
During her time on stage, Sheridan co-starred with Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd in the 1977 musical Happy End.
After that, she moved to Los Angeles and began working in Hollywood, finding work in supporting roles in numerous prime time television films.
Mom and dad: She starred on the show alongside Barney Martin who played Seinfeld’s father, Morty (pictured above in a 2002 ad for Denny’s)
Classic: Playing the role of the highly overprotective parent, Liz’s character was known for her catchphrase, “How could anyone not love her?”
She has appeared on classic shows such as Kojak, Archie Bunker’s Place, St. Elsewhere, Newhart, Moonlighting, The A-Team, Who’s the Boss, Hill St. Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Family Ties and Murder, She Wrote.
ALF was her first major role where she played nosy neighbor Rachel, putting her on the map as a reliable and funny character actor.
Acronym for “Alien Life Form”, the NBC show ALF was a big hit that was syndicated for years.
However, Sheridan really solidified herself in the television landscape when she joined Seinfeld, the eponymous show created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld.
Widely considered one of the most important and influential sitcoms of all time, the series ran for nine seasons and produced 180 episodes.
Sheridan is the daughter of concert singer Elizabeth Poole-Jones and classical pianist Frank Sheridan.
Another role: The actress was also known for her role as Raquel Ochmonek in the ALF series which ran from 1986 to 1990 and appeared in 34 episodes of the series
Her husband, jazz musician Dale Wales, died in 2003. The couple met in the Caribbean in Puerto Rico and were together from 1960 until his death in 2003. They married in 1985.
Before meeting her husband, Sheridan dated James Dean and wrote a book about their romance called Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story.
The book, which retraces their love story in the early fifties, would be in development to make a feature film.
According to the book, the couple met one rainy afternoon in the living room of the Rehearsal Club, a chaperone boarding house for young actresses in Manhattan.
“Together they searched for work, haunted bars and restaurants all night long, and gloated in the innocent rebellion of bohemian New York in the early 1950s,” reads the book’s description.
Sad: The death of the star comes the same month as the death of his Seinfeld co-star Estelle Harris, who played the short merged mother of George Constanza
“Dizzy Sheridan and James Dean were lovers; they lived together; as even ardent Dean fans might be surprised to learn they were engaged.
The star’s death comes the same month as the passing of his Seinfeld co-star Estelle Harris, who played George Constanza’s short blended mother.
“Losing Ms. Seinfeld and Ms. Costanza in the same month is a blow straight from the cosmos. RIP Liz Sheridan,’ a fan wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Sheridan is survived by his daughter, a photographer.
Pictured: Jerry as Jerry Seinfeld, Barney Martin as Morty Seinfeld, Liz Sheridan as Helen Seinfeld in ‘The Wizard’ Episode 15 of the series
Long-running: She portrayed Seinfeld’s mother character, Helen, on the show for the entire series that aired from 1993 to 1998, appearing in 21 episodes