Actor Patrick Warburton, who played David Puddy in "Seinfeld", explains why he keeps coming back to Newark for Devils games.
Abbey Mastracco, Editor, @AbbeyMastracco

NEWARK – In the list of iconic moments in the history of the New Jersey Devils, a screaming David Puddy must come right after a few Stanley Cup victories. The "Seinfeld" clip is on the Prudential Center dashboard in every home. We know that other teams are also using it when the Devils are in town.

Patrick Warburton, the actor who played Elaine Benes' boyfriend two seasons of the sitcom, took over that role a handful of times and will once again put on the face painting that frightened the priest and embarrassed Elaine on Tuesday. evening, while the Devils were organizing the event. The Pittsburgh Penguins in the night of the 90s and distribute wacky heads in his image.

"When will a guy in his 50s want to put on makeup and be as ridiculous as he can?" Said Warburton Tuesday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

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However, this time, it is for another cause that the support of the team. Warburton asked the Devils to support a team – I mean a cause – close to him, the St. Jude's Research Hospital. Warburton refused the appearance fee and instead asked the Devils to donate to St. Jude's. They were forced to donate $ 25,000.

Warburton does not remember the origin of the role very well, but he thinks it's a combination of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David in the sixth season of the NBC sitcom. The character was a hit and Seinfeld himself wanted him back in the series, but Warburton was in another. When it was canceled, he came back for season nine.

The hype around the Puddy Devils fandom peaked in 1995 when he dropped the puck and fell on the rug, saving the performance by tearing his shirt to reveal the painted letter D on his chest.

Warburton thought that it could go away, but because "Seinfeld" is such a popular cultural phenomenon, it never really did. Despite the fact that he has done so much work, fans still approach him from time to time shouting "We are demons!" Or asking for a high-five.

"I did not invent that one," he joked.

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Warburton was born in Paterson but was not raised in New Jersey. His family moved to Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of three, before settling in Huntington Beach, California. The kid from Orange County grew up watching the Los Angeles Kings, but because of the show, he still has an affinity for the Devils.

"Needless to say, it was very difficult for me at the Stanley Cup in 2012," he said. "I had to somehow hide from these games."

No one would ever have guessed that a bit of the 90's could have become such a thing, but he's happy to take advantage of it to enjoy St. Jude's. His wife, Cathy Jennings, even created a custom jacket for the occasion, which will be signed by Hall of Fame goalkeeper Martin Brodeur and auctioned off, with proceeds going to the hospital network. cancer research for children.

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"Seinfeld" is a culture of pop culture and perpetual syndication, "he said." It's just inevitable. As an actor, you go out, do other things and have fun, but I would say that maybe I'll never do something as prestigious as 'Seinfeld', you never know, but it's especially good.

Patrick Warburton who played the role of David Puddy in the TV show "Seinfeld" greets Cory Schneider # 35 of the New Jersey Devils before the Pittsburgh Penguins match at the Prudential Center on February 19, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey . The Devils handed out "Puddy" headless dolls before the match. (Photo11: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

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