“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25pm,” Estelle’s son, Glen Harris, said in a statement. “Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”
A native of New York, Harris didn’t pursue a career in acting until her later years, after her children were grown and in school. After playing bit parts in Night Court, Married… with Children, and Mad About You, Harris was cast to play George Constanza’s mother Estelle on Seinfeld. Alongside Jerry Stiller, who played George’s father Frank, Harris appeared on 27 episodes of Seinfeld between 1992 and 1998.
Harris’ other most noteworthy role came as the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. She appeared in Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and Toy Story 4, the latter of which marked her final credited on-screen performance.
In a tribute to Harris posted to Twitter, Jason Alexander (who played George Constanza on Seinfeld) wrote, “One of my favorite people has passed – my tv mama, Estelle Harris. The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always.”
One of my favorite people has passed – my tv mama, Estelle Harris. The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always. #RIPEstelleHarrisAdvertisement
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 3, 2022