David Puddy (Patrick Warburton)
David Puddy, the character
First appearing as Elaine’s love interest in the episode “The Fusilli Jerry”, David Puddy was a reoccurring character that continued to reappear throughout Seinfeld. Puddy was first known for his use of “The Move” on Elaine—a sexual technique that Puddy learned from Jerry. Elaine praised Puddy for using “the move” and later tells Jerry about her coincidental experience.
Later, Puddy reappears as Elaine’s current flame in “The Face Painter” where viewers also learn he is an obsessive New Jersey Devils fan.
Puddy is a mechanic, and Elaine is attracted to him for several reasons: he works with his hands, has a deep voice, and he’s a guy’s guy—a tall, sports-loving everyday man. He loves Arby’s sandwiches, the New Jersey Devils, and religion. His catch phrase is “Yeah, that’s right”—delivered in a monotone, unemotional voice.
Puddy’s purpose on the show is to make up and break up with Elaine, therefore, becoming inconsequential. They frequently make up and break up, and rarely stay together longer than even an episode in some cases. For instance, in “The Butter Shave” Puddy and Elaine break up twice and make up one more time, all within an international flight—vegetable lasagna to blame.
In season nine, Elaine bets Jerry she can stay broken up with Puddy if she so very well tries. As predicted, she loses several times, going back and forth between breaking up and staying together. It’s perhaps this charming losing battle that makes Puddy so quintessential to the show—nearly everyone has had a rollercoaster relationship at one time or another in their lives.
Patrick Warburton, the cast member
Patrick Warburton was born on November 14, 1964 in Paterson, New Jersey. He is very well-known for his deep, masculine voice. Because his voice is so unique and masculine, he is very well known for his work in animated films including Bee Movie, The Emperor’s New Groove, Family Guy, The Venture Bros., and Hoodwinked.
Currently, Patrick Warburton appears as Jeff Bingham on Rules of Engagement, a CBS primetime show.