Who is Newman?
Newman is a recurring character and occasional antagonist on the television show Seinfeld, portrayed by Wayne Knight from 1991 until the show’s finale in 1998.
TV Guide included him in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time. In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked him #16 of their “40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time”.
Newman is Jerry Seinfeld’s nemesis and a frequent collaborator in Kramer’s bizarre schemes. Often described as Jerry’s “sworn enemy” (“The Andrea Doria”), Newman is cunning and often schemes against Jerry. He speaks often in a humorously sinister tone. Jerry refers to Newman as “pure evil” on more than one occasion. Jerry’s trademark greeting for Newman is to say “Hello, Newman” in a snide and condescending tone, while Newman responds “Hello, Jerry” in a falsely jovial tone.