Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris (née Nussbaum; born April 4, 1928)[3] is an American actress, known for her exaggerated shrill, grating voice. She is best known for her roles as Estelle Costanza on Seinfeld, the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise, Muriel in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Mama Gunda in Tarzan II.

Estelle Harris
Estelle Harris - Ponyo - USA premiere.jpg
Harris at the premiere of Ponyo in June 2009
Estelle Nussbaum

(1928-04-04) April 4, 1928 (age 93)
Years active1977–present
Height5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[1]
Sy Harris
(m. 1953)

Early lifeEdit

Harris was born Estelle Nussbaum in Manhattan, New York City on April 4, 1928, the younger of two daughters of Isaac ("Ira") and Anna Nussbaum, Polish Jewish immigrants who owned a candy store.[4] She moved to Tarentum, Pennsylvania, when she was seven years old to live near her aunt and uncle, who asked her father to work in their candy store. She graduated from Tarentum High School.[1]


Harris pursued acting in earnest after her children grew up and achieved early success in television commercials, even logging 23 spots in a year at one point. One of her most-famous commercials found her energetically singing the praises of Handi-Wrap II.

In 1977, Harris began her career in Looking Up. She later became widely known for her supporting role as Estelle Costanza on Seinfeld. In Star Trek: Voyager, she portrayed the Old Woman who was actually a projection of the Nechani Spirits, in the unusually spiritual third-season Voyager episode "Sacred Ground," which aired on October 20, 1996. She played a small role as Bridget in Out to Sea (1997). In Toy Story 2 (1999), she provided the voice of Mrs. Potato Head and would continue to reprise the role for the franchise. In 2005, she lent her voice to Mama Gunda in Tarzan II. In The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Harris had a recurring role as Muriel. In 2007, she appeared in Brad Paisley's music video for the song "Online."[5] Harris reprised her role of Mrs. Potato Head in Toy Story 3 (2010). She portrayed Bertha Kristal, the mother of CBGB founder Hilly Kristal, in CBGB (2013).

Her other voice work includes Lula in Dave the Barbarian, Mama Lipsky in Kim Possible, Thelma in The Proud Family, Mrs. Turtle in Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse, Death's nagging mother in Family Guy, the Old Lady Bear in Brother Bear (2003), and Audrey in Home on the Range (2004). She also provided the voice of Marty's Wife in the American Dad! episode "In Country...Club."[citation needed]

Harris reprised her role of Mrs. Potato Head in Toy Story 4 (2019).

Personal lifeEdit

Since 1953, Harris has been married to window treatment salesman Sy Harris.[2] They have two sons and one daughter.[2]

Harris had previously resided in Port Washington, New York. Currently, she resides in West Hollywood, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Once Upon a Time in America Thelma
1988 Stand and Deliver Jackie Harris
1992 This Is My Life Aunt Harriet
1995 Perfect Alibi Aunt Dorothy
1995 The West Side Waltz Estelle
1997 Out to Sea Bridget
1998 Chairman of the Board Ms. Krubavitch
1998 The Odd Couple II Peaches
1998 My Giant Aunt Pearl
1999 Lost & Found Mrs. Stubblefield
1999 Toy Story 2 Mrs. Potato Head (voice)
2000 What's Cooking? Aunt Bea
2000 Dancing in September Sally
2000 Playing Mona Lisa Aunt Velva
2001 Good Advice Iris
2003 Brother Bear Old Lady Bear Voice
2004 Home on the Range Audrey (voice)
2004 Teacher's Pet Mrs. Boogin (voice)
2005 Tarzan II Mama Gunda (voice)
2006 Queer Duck: The Movie Mrs. Duckstein (voice)
2007 The Grand Ruth Melvin
2010 Toy Story 3 Mrs. Potato Head (voice)
2010 Movin' In Arlene Taylor
2011 Hawaiian Vacation Mrs. Potato Head (voice) Short film
2011 Small Fry Mrs. Potato Head (voice) Short film
2012 Partysaurus Rex Mrs. Potato Head (voice) Short film
2013 CBGB Bertha Kristal
2015 Promoted Sylvia Silver
2019 Toy Story 4 Mrs. Potato Head (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1985–1986 Night Court Easy Mary 3 episodes
1987 Married... with Children Delilah Episode: "Al Loses His Cherry"
1990 Mathnet Agnes Episode: "The Case of the Swami Scam"
1991 Brooklyn Bridge Esther Shapiro Episode: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
1992 Law & Order Mrs. Rachlin Episode: "Intolerance"
1992 Mad About You Mother Thelma Episode: "Sofia's Choice"
1992–1998 Seinfeld Estelle Costanza 27 episodes
1993 Good Advice Ronnie Cohen 5 episodes
1995 Chicago Hope Thelma Johnson (uncredited) Episode: "Heartbreak"
1995 Aladdin Additional voices Episode: "While the City Snoozes"
1995–1997 The Pinocchio Shop Zinnia Flugelschwartz Series regular
78 episodes
1995 Timon & Pumbaa Timon's Mother (voice) Episode: "Mombasa-In-Law/The Laughing Hyenas: TV Dinner"
1995 In the House Mrs. Claus Episode: "Christmas Story"
1996 Night Stand Mary the Real Mother Episode: "Dick Goes Home"
1996 The Mask Lt. Kellaway's Mother (voice) Episode: "The Mother of All Hoods"
1996 The Tick Arthur's Mother (voice) Episode: "The Tick vs. Dot and Neil's Wedding"
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Old Woman Episode: "Sacred Ground"
1997 Moesha Frances Howie Episode: "Break a Leg"
1997 Living Single Esther Brooks Episode: "Back in the Day"
1997 Cybill Woman Episode: "From Boca, with Love"
1998 Addams Family Reunion Grandma Addams Television film
1998 Hercules Phil's Mother (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the King for a Day"
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Iguana/Turtle (voice) Episode: "Eliza-cology"
1998 Godzilla: The Series Old Lady/Receptionist (voice) Episode: "What Dreams May Come"
1998 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Herself
1999 The Brothers Flub Additional voices 16 episodes
1999 Sunset Beach Margaret Raynor 3 episodes
1999 The Parkers Miss Agnes Episode: "Scammed Straight"
1999–2000 Mickey Mouse Works Mrs. Turtle (voice) 4 episodes
2000 Providence Darlene Episode: "Syd in Wonderland"
2000 Queer Duck Mrs. Duckstein (voice) 5 episodes
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Dora Episode: "Sabrina, the Muse"
2001 The Kids from Room 402 Aunt Cookie (voice) Episode: "Uncle Bonehead"
2001 Family Guy Death's Mother (voice) Episode: "Death Lives"
2002 House of Mouse Mrs. Turtle (voice) 4 episodes
2002 Weakest Link Herself 1 episode
2002 Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck Herself 1 episode
2003 Half & Half Grandma Sophie Episode: "The Big Phat Mouth Episode: Part 2"
2003 Regular Joe Aunt Mickie Episode: "Boobysitting"
2003 The Proud Family Helga (voice) Episode: "Thelma and Luis"
2003 Test the Nation 1 episode
2004 Kim Possible Mama Lipsky (voice) 3 episodes
2004 Kramer vs. Kramer: Kenny to Cosmo Herself
2004–2005 Dave the Barbarian Lula (voice) 21 episodes
2005 Tripping the Rift Estelle Episode: "Roswell"
2005 Phil of the Future Older Pim Episode: "Maybe-Sitting"
2005–2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Muriel 14 episodes
2006 Mind of Mencia 1 episode
2006 ER Mrs. Markovic Episode: "Bloodline"
2007 iCarly Mrs. Halberstadt Episode: "iScream on Halloween"
2007 The Emperor's New School Mrs. Mudka Episode: "The Emperor's New Home School/Mudka's Secret Recipe"
2007 Case Closed Madame Television film
2008 Can You Teach My Alligator Manners? Nana Episode: "Nana's Visit"
2009 American Dad! Marty's Wife (voice) Episode: "I'm Country... Club"
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Estelle Costanza / Herself Episode: "The Table Read"
2009–2010 Made in Hollywood Herself 2 episodes
2009–2014 Fanboy & Chum Chum Oz's Mother (voice) 11 episodes
2010 Sonny with a Chance Grace Gallagher Episode: "Random Acts of Disrespect"
2010 The Bonnie Hunt Show Herself 1 episode
2010 KTLA Morning News Herself 1 episode
2010 Totally Tracked Down Herself 1 episode
2011 The Looney Tunes Show Sylvester's Mother (voice) Episode: "Point, Laser Point"
2012 Futurama Velma Farnsworth (voice) Episode: "Near-Death Wish"
2012 Greetings from Home Nana 12 episodes
2013 The Exes Mother Episode: "Zero Dark Forties"
2014–2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Peg-Leg Peg (voice) 3 episodes
2015 The Slice Mima D'Angelo Television film


  1. ^ a b Mills, Nancy (October 1, 1995). "A Mother Figure". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Mendoza, N. F. (January 29, 1995). "With An Eye On...Why Estelle Harris wants to be a full-time mom to her boy George on 'Seinfeld'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  3. ^ Born in 1928 as per both the 1930 United States census, which lists Isaac Nussbaum (age 30) as "Head", Anna Nussbaum (age 30) as "Wife" and Minnie (age 9) and Estelle (age 2) as "Daughter[s]", New York City. Ward 6th Assembly District; Date: April 6, 1930.
  4. ^ Per 1930 U.S. census data
  5. ^ "Brad Paisley gets in tune with "Online" video". Country Standard Times. June 25, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2021.

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