The Hyundai Santa Cruz is one of our best-loved SUV’s and the car has won us over time and time again. There are a lot of reasons why we initially loved this car, but the price and features available with the model are some of the main reasons why it’s hard not to look at it a few times when you’re considering making a purchase.
So four years ago when Hyundai announced that there would be a pickup truck version of the Santa Cruz – we started salivating. When they showed us the prototype – we started drooling! But since then, we haven’t really heard much about the stylish inner city pickup truck, at least until now.
The pickup version of the Santa Cruz was described as being a cross-over model for the city-dwelling majority who prefer a vehicle with a little extra practical space and was touted as being Hyundai’s answer to the Subaru Baja. However, Hyundai’s head of design Luc Donckerwolke has kept much about the car under wraps for the past 4 years. At least until he recently revealed that work on the car was still underway and that the company was still planning to take it from a prototype to a working model.
The stats regarding the Santa Cruz pickup model seem quite enticing, to say the least. The Cruz is designed to be compact and will sport a flatbed body with two, super-stylish suicide doors. However, the designer has admitted that they will most likely increase it to a 4-door model before it’s release. The original prototype contained a turbo-diesel engine that could throw out 190 HP and pull 300 lbs of torque. But besides being pretty fast for a flatbed, the car would also offer great MPG (Miles Per Gallon) with something in the high 30s (MPG) to be expected on release. We will definitely be first in line for a test drive once its finally on the roads!
Iconic Guest Stars From Seinfeld and Where They Are Today
Seinfeld is arguably the greatest TV comedy of all time. But the show would be nothing without the enormous cast of supporting actors over the seasons… Check out some of the iconic characters from the beloved show, and let’s see where they’ve ended up!
Jerry gets to first base with Rachel Goldstein during Schindler’s List, which is just the sort of cringe-worthy comedy Seinfeld excelled at. Played by Melanie Smith, she was actually one of his longer-lasting girlfriends with a four-episode streak. Currently, Smith runs a yoga studio in Pennsylvania.
Gina Gallego has had a strong and steady career, even if she’s never had a leading role in a feature film. One of her more notable roles is as Gina in Seinfeld, who is dating a scary neighbor of Jerry’s. He starts seeing her when his neighbor falls into a coma. Gallego played in Erin Brockovich, Mr. Deeds, and Anger Management. She’s been seen as recently as 2019, with roles in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as Mrs. Hernandez and a guest role in Room 104.
Larry Thomas had one of the most iconic roles ever when he played Yev Kassem, a severe cook who would refuse to give customers soup. “No soup for you!” became one of the classic Seinfeld lines, and it’s all thanks to Thomas’s superb delivery. He was able to capitalize on this and even wrote a book, not to mention banking on reprising the role numerous times. In September 2018, he reprised this role at a New Jersey wedding. Recently, he appeared in The Love Suckers, a 2016 short film.
Early in Seinfeld, Tracy Kolis played Marlene, George’s ex-girlfriend who starts hitting it off with Jerry. Jerry becomes completely enamored by her and George sends him off with his blessings. Soon enough, though, Jerry realizes her southern charm also means long, drawn-out messages on his answering machine. Marlene gets the last laugh when she breaks up with Jerry, telling him his material has “too much fluff.” After several guest appearances in ’90s TV shows, she retired from acting, though she still coaches. She and her husband have a cookie business.
Brian George plays Babu Bhatt, a Pakistani immigrant who opens up the Dream Café across from Jerry’s apartment. His dream is to open up a restaurant in New York, but Jerry believes that the reason why no one is coming is that people can get the decidedly American food the Pakistani immigrant serves anywhere. Since then, you might have seen him as the gynecologist father of Raj Koothrappali in The Big Bang Theory. George is also a voice actor whose talents are heard in various cartoons and video games.
Lisa Mende played in Scrooged, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and Nothing to Lose, all quite big movies, even though her roles were quite small. Because of that, despite appearing in these films, it’s her line, “Elaine, you have to see the bay-bee!” that’s best remembered. Her character, Carol, just gave birth to a baby Kramer says looks just L.B.J. — yes, the former U.S. president. Shortly after, Kramer drops the baby! Thankfully, the baby’s fine and grows up to be seen in later seasons. Most recently, she played in Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.
After being one of “Hill’s Angels” on The Benny Hill Show, it was hard for Jane Leeves to get her start. Now, we all know her as the actress who played Daphne Moon on Frasier from 1993 to 2004, the role for which she is best known, yet she appeared on Seinfeld first. Since then, she’s played in Hot in Cleveland from 2010 to 2015. Most of her roles since then have been voice-overs, but you can still see her on The Resident, a show on Fox.
Veanne Cox is great as Toby, an annoying character that the gang despises for being overly enthusiastic about everything. She ruins Jerry’s chances at getting a good review from Entertainment Weekly when she starts booing and hissing at jokes she doesn’t like during a show, completely throwing him off. After Seinfeld, she played in You Got Mail and Erin Brockovich. Recently in 2018, she produced a half-hour-long short called Salt Water. She still has guest roles in some shows, such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in 2019.
After a career as a radio actress in the ’30s, Frances Bay didn’t restart her career until she was much older. She played in classics such as Karate Kid, Twins, Blue Velvet, Happy Gilmore, and more. In Seinfeld, she was the rye lady with whom Jerry got into a fight over the last rye bread from a bakery. She was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in September 2008 after 10,000 people signed a petition and celebrities wrote letters to the selection committee. Bay died in 2011 at the age of 92.
Bridget Sienna played the memorable Evie, a cleaning lady at Pendant Publishing who is given a cashmere sweater. Her whole life she has wanted cashmere after an embarrassing episode in the streets of Panama, where she grew up. Too bad it had a red dot on it! Sienna, who was a member of the Groundlings, had a notable role in Rain Man, Grey’s Anatomy, and ER as well. Most recently, you might have seen her in the Pure Flix streaming service’s TV show, Mood Swings, as Mama.
Ernest Sabella’s biggest role was most likely the voice of Pumbaa, but most people won’t connect his face to the voice. Incidentally, this is where he’s done his most recent work, reprising this role on The Lion Guard, a Lion King spin-off TV show. In Seinfeld, it’s hard to forget that he was the naked subway passenger who took it all off while Jerry fell asleep in the car. The two hit it off and ended up going to Coney Island together.
Jay Brooks plays Sid, the elderly gentleman in the neighborhood responsible for moving everyone’s cars so they don’t get ticketed. Sid had one of the most memorable lines when “phony” Mike asks him who he is. “Never mind who I am,” Sid said, “I know who I am. Do you know who you are?” He can also be seen in movies like The War and Big Bad Mama. Since the ’90s, Brooks has retired after a long career that included appearances in Amos and Andy back in the day.
Allen Bloomfield was so memorable as one of Kramer’s friends from the Polar Bear Club in the episode where the gang holds an intervention for an old comedian friend of Jerry’s. Finding acting roles later in life, Bloomfield got many parts thanks to his unique flavor he brought to every scene he played in. He played roles in the 2006 movie Crank and the 1990 flick Cold Dog Soup, not to mention the 1994 TV show ER. Sadly, he passed away in 2018 at the age of 86.
Kristin Davis appeared as Jenna in the 1997 Seinfeld episodes “The Pothole” and “The Butter Shave.” She was known from Melrose Place, where she played in 32 episodes. Davis earned Emmy nominations for her role in Sex and the City, which ran from 1998 to 2004. In addition to the Sex and the City movies, she debuted on Broadway in 2014 in a play, The Best Man. Davis made her West End debut in 2014, playing in the theater adaptation of Fatal Attraction.
Brenda Strong is now best known for her roles in Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2014, for which she received two Emmy nominations. Strong also played in Dallas, a TNT soap opera, from 2012 to 2014. Most recently, she joined the cast of 13 Reasons Why as a regular character. Before playing “the braless wonder” Sue Ellen Mischke on four episodes of Seinfeld, who was Elaine’s high school friend-turned-nemesis, she had a string of small roles in shows like Twin Peaks, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Cheers, and MacGyver.
Debra Jo Rupp
Before Debra Jo Rupp became famous for her role as Kitty Foreman in That ’70s Show, she was a relatively unknown actress who worked mostly in plays, though she did have a small role in 1988’s Big, starring Tom Hanks. In the ’90s, she had smaller roles on TV shows like Friends, where she played a home economics teacher who falls in love with Phoebe Buffay’s little brother in several episodes. Before that, it was hard to forget her in Seinfeld as Jerry’s booking agent Katie. Most recently, she’s appeared on a 2019 episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Janeane Garofalo rose to fame in the mid-’90s and joined the cast of SNL, but she left after only six months. At this point, her career continued with a string of guest appearances, including Jeannie Steinman on Seinfeld, Jerry’s counterpart and fiancée for a short time in season seven. Since then, she’s continued having a stellar career with Wet Hot American Summer in 2001, for which she returned for the 2017 reboot. Most recently in 2019, she played a doctor in Mercy Black.
Molly Shannon was already known to be a funny woman after being on SNL from 1995, so just her appearance was funny when she played Sam in “The Summer of George,” Seinfeld season eight. Since then, though, she’s played in many movies, many of them comedies. These include How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Talladega Nights. She’s also worked as a voice actress, with notable roles in the Hotel Transylvania series. Recently, she played in six episodes of Comedy Central’s The Other Two in 2019.
Milton French-Stewart, better known as French Stewart, might have become famous for his role on 3rd Rock from the Sun, where he perfected his squinted look, but he was a guest star on Seinfeld first. In “The Opposite,” a 1994 episode for season five, he played the movie theater manager. Stewart played in Stargate that same year, but since 2013 he hasn’t had any film roles. On TV, however, he’s still active and most recently appeared in a 2019 episode of No Good Nick.
Kyle Gass is best known today for being part of Tenacious D, a comedy rock duo with Jack Black. Even though he didn’t actually study at Julliard and receive a degree in classical guitar at the age of 13, he’s still an awesome musician and a funny guy that won a Grammy with Black. He’s also dabbled a fair amount in movies like Shallow Hal and Elf, but you might have seen him first on Seinfeld as the smoker in the 1996 episode “Abstinence.”
Although he had found success as a comedian in the ’80s, Brad Garrett really broke out in the mid-’90s. In 1996, the same year Brad Garrett had his iconic role on Everyone Loves Raymond, for which he won Emmys, he played in the Seinfeld season seven episode “The Bottle Deposit.” He played Tony in the episode, and since then he has successfully continued being a comedic voice and live-action actor for TV and movies. He played Eeyore in 2018’s Christopher Robin, the same year he appeared in Tangled: The Series on TV.
Debra Messing was an up-and-coming actress who had her film debut as the adulterous wife of Keanu Reeves’s character in 1994’s A Walk in the Clouds. She played in “The Wait-Out,” a 1996 Seinfeld double-episode, as well as “The Yada Yada” in 1997. Her breakthrough role was the following year with Will & Grace, in which she played Grace. Recently, she played the lead in The Mysteries of Laura, which ran from 2016 to 2018. Messing also played in the 2018 mystery thriller Searching.
Christine Taylor played Marcia Brady in the 1995 movie reboot of the Brady Bunch, a role which led her to more roles that year, including one episode of Seinfeld called the “Van Buren Boys.” Since then, she’s played in movies along with her husband, Ben Stiller, such as Zoolander. Although not divorced, the couple separated in 2017. Her last movie was Zoolander 2 in 2016, and she appeared on two episodes of Insatiable in 2018.
Steve Hytner has made a career out of guest-starring in TV shows, though he did have fairly regular roles in some shows. The role he is best known for, however, is Kenny Bania who played seven episodes in Seinfeld. In the audition, he was told to be the most annoying person in the world. Instead of trying to be rude like other actors, he was overly nice and obsessed with Jerry. Hytner’s Bania was hilarious and he got the job. Still acting, in 2019 he played in a Silicon Valley episode as Dr. Scott Marsh.
David Puddy was one of the most memorable characters on Seinfeld, as he was Elaine’s on-again, off-again boyfriend. Jerry considers Puddy the only honest mechanic in New York, and it kicked off Patrick Warburton’s career. After acting in the series from 1995 to 1998, he had a big role as Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove. Most recently, he played in A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix from 2017 to 2019. Last year he also played in The Wedding Year, a romantic comedy.
Tim DeKay is known for playing in the USA show White Collar from 2009 to 2014, and most recently played in Here and Now in 2018. He also had an appearance in American Crime and Lucifer in 2017, not to mention regular appearances on stage. One of his first and still most notable roles, though, is as a guest star on Seinfeld, playing Elaine’s boyfriend, Kevin. Kevin is also known as Bizarro Jerry for reacting exactly the opposite of how Jerry and his friends react.
You might not recall, but Drake Bell had a small role in Seinfeld as a child actor in “The Frogger” in 1998. Since then, he’s starred in Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh. Recently, he played in the 2017 musical American Satan as Damien, which is fitting because Bell’s also a musician. After his appearance in a band on The Amanda Show, he crossed over into music and released four albums. The Lost Album released early in 2020.
Teri Hatcher had a guest role in Seinfeld in 1993 in the episode “The Implant.” She stuck in people’s minds when she left Jerry’s apartment, telling him, “They’re real and they’re spectacular.” That year, she had her breakthrough role in Lois & Clark. Later, she was a Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies alongside Pierce Brosnan. After winning a Golden Globe for Desperate Housewives, in 2017 she played Rhea Queen of Daxam in Supergirl. In 2019, she appeared in Madness in the Method, a crime comedy.
Bob Odenkirk’s been involved in TV for a long time before he played the iconic Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, but it took a while for him to be recognized for the performer and showman he’s seen as today. He got his break with comedy, and began making guest appearances on primetime TV all throughout the ’90s. This included a notable one on Seinfeld as Ben, one of Elaine’s boyfriends. He appears in the season eight episode “The Abstinence” as an almost-doctor who dumps Elaine the minute he gets his medical license.
Jeremy Piven is best known for his role on Entourage, as this won him a Golden Globe and three Emmys. In 1993, though, he played George Costanza in the TV show Jerry and George put on for the TV executives. He had an important role in Ellen as well, yet Ari Gold is his most beloved character. He recently played in Wisdom of the Crowd from 2017 to 2018 on TV, and his most recent movie was the 2015 Entourage movie.
While he’s better known for Gilmore Girls, in the ’90s he was a key part of a very famous Seinfeld episode. As the subject of Elaine’s romantic interest, we won’t reveal if he was, indeed, “sponge-worthy.” He has been somewhat typecast as the romantic lead on TV, but he’s managed to break this. Notably, he was in the Saw series as Agent Peter Strahm, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t reprise his role as Luke Danes for Netflix’s miniseries in 2016.
A comedic actor active since the ’80s, Jon Lovitz was on SNL from 1985 to 1990, and most recently played in the 2017 film Killing Hasselhoff as Barry and in Netflix’s Historical Roasts in 2019. He’s appeared in The Wedding Singer, Big, A League of Their Own, Rat Race, and Mathilda. As he’s such a funny guy, it’s only natural he was brought on for a guest star in Seinfeld. He played Gary Fogel in the episode “The Scofflaw.”
Since getting his start as a comedian and writer in the late ’80s, Patton Oswalt is best known for his part in The King of Queens, which ran from 1998 to 2007. Seinfeld was actually his TV debut in 1994, for the episode “The Couch.” He played in Ratatouille in 2007, which was a huge hit. Most recently, he voiced Max in The Secret Life of Pets 2 in 2019. On TV, he recently featured in DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders as Oscar, the Flyhopper dragon.
Jessica Hecht made her TV debut on Seinfeld in two episodes, “The Couch” and “The Gymnast.” She was a love interest of George’s who pushed him to join a book club, and then was disappointed when she found out he was fake reading “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Recently, she played in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as Lila Vogel. On TV, she had a role as Gretchen Schwartz in Breaking Bad. Most recently, she was in The Sinner’s third season that aired in early 2020.
James Spader most recently played Ultron in the 2015 mega-hit Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he’s also an accomplished TV actor that’s received Emmys for Boston Legal. Besides several TV movies in the ’80s, he had a notable role as Jason “Stanky” Hank in the Seinfeld episode “The Apology.” Feature films he appeared in include Alien Hunter, Lincoln, and The Homesman. Since then, he also had a notable role in The Office as Robert California, also known as Bob Kazamakis.
Lauren Graham was another castmember of Gilmore Girls who played a small role in Seinfeld. She played Valerie, another of Jerry’s girlfriends, in season eight’s “The Millennium.” Since then, she had her breakthrough with Gilmore Girls as Lorelai Gilmore. As far as movies, Graham had a role in Bad Santa back in 2003, and was recently in 2016’s Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. On TV, she’s continued to make appearances frequently, in 2020 appearing as Joan on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.
Bryan Cranston received Emmy nominations for Malcolm in the Middle, but it was his iconic role as Walter White on Breaking Bad that he’s best known for. One of his early TV roles, though, was as Dr. Tim Whatley on Seinfeld from 1994 to 1997. Since his breakthrough role, he’s played in a number of movies and recently produced the Amazon series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. He’s been the voice of a series of Ford commercials since October 2018.
Tawny Kitaen is a TV personality you might not have seen in ages. Her role on Seinfeld as Isabel was memorable for driving Jerry crazy with her ditziness and beauty. Unable to decide if she’s worth the pursuit, two opposing body parts in Seinfeld’s body play chess over control. Before appearing on Seinfeld, she was mainly known for dating and marrying various rock stars and athletes, from Whitesnake’s David Coverdale to her highly volatile relationship with baseball player Chuck Finley. You can see her today on Mom’s Anonymous, a mockumentary-style comedy.
Melinda Clarke was already known for playing on Days of Our Lives, yet her career surged in 1997 with a big role in Spawn and a guest role in Xena: Warrior Princess. Also in 1997, she played in the Seinfeld episode “The Muffin Tops,” where she plays a girlfriend of Jerry’s for whom he ends up shaving his body hair to a disastrous outcome. She’s continued to appear on TV, with main roles in The O.C. and Nikita. Most recently, she played in three 2016 episodes of Gotham.
John O’Hurley played J. Peterman on Seinfeld, who is a fictionalized version of John Peterman, a catalog company entrepreneur and Elaine’s boss. In a fascinating twist, since the show ended he invested in the company and became one of the owners. On TV, he has been a game show host for Family Feud and To Tell The Truth. Recently, he’s done voice acting for cartoons, not to mention video games. O’Hurley is also a musician who taught himself how to play the piano.
Angela Dohmann is the hilarious Donna Chang, whose surname leads Jerry to believe that she is somehow of Chinese descent. She reinforces this impression when she convinces George’s parents to remain married instead of divorcing, citing the great Chinese moralist Confucius. This lasts only as long as George’s mother, Estelle Constanza, erroneously believes her to be Chinese. Dohrmann went on to play on Nash Bridges as Stacy Bridges and the Drew Carey Show as Suzie. She stepped away from acting after meeting her husband, yet started again recently and teaches a comedy course at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Ben Stein is famous for his dead-pan humor and droning voice, but many people don’t know that he was a speechwriter for two presidents. One of his most memorable performances was his small role as Ferris Bueller’s biology teacher, thanks to his memorable voice saying “Bueller” over again during roll call. Throughout Stein’s performing career, he continued providing political commentary. Stein’s written 28 books, the last of which was published in 2012. In the Seinfeld season eight episode “The Comeback” he played Shellbach. He most recently acted in 2018’s The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time.
Amanda Peet might have played in a lot of roles in the ’90s, but most of these were in independent movies. When she appeared in Seinfeld‘s eighth season finale, “The Summer of George,” she played Linette, a waitress that Jerry begins dating. George is brought on as a dating assistant to hilarious results. Peet found widespread fame in Jack & Jill. She’s been in some serious blockbusters since then, such as the disaster flick 2012. Most recently, she’s played in Brockmire alongside Hank Azaria.
Denise Richards appeared in several TV shows as a guest star, including Beverly Hills, 90210. One of the most notable was in Seinfeld, though, where she was the good-looking daughter of an NBC executive who almost cost Jerry and George the pilot. Since then, she’s become a famous movie star who played in movies like Starship Troopers, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and The World Is Not Enough. Recently, she’s played in The Bold and the Beautiful as well as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, starring as herself.
Melinda McGraw played in Seinfeld before she scored a role as Melissa Scully in the X-Files. She was the attractive hit-and-run driver Jerry takes on a date before he confronts her about her transgression. Her aggressively threatening reaction silences Jerry and ends the relationship, although he heeds her and doesn’t snitch. Instead, he pays for the damage and asks out the attractive woman whose car was hit, but she believes it was Jerry all along and goes on a date with Kramer. Most recently, McGraw appeared on an episode of the current Charmed reboot.